The Criminal Element

Twenty-first century western discourse avoids pejorative words and expressions at almost all costs.  Rioting, vandalism, burning, stealing and even murder are generally identified, with great apparent sadness and regret, as “tragedies” or “disasters” rather than what they truly are: crimes.  Those who express their inner frustrations or selfish desires by “acting out” in a criminal … Read moreThe Criminal Element

Listening

When engaged in a discussion of an issue over which we and another person have a strong and emotional disagreement there is an essential baseline from which to proceed.  That baseline can only be achieved when each states the other’s position to the point where the “opponent” indicates that her or his point of view … Read moreListening

Basic Training

Before taking up the battle in any manner we must commit ourselves to some absolute requirements.  We could call it “basic training” or “fundamental building blocks,” but, however it’s described, none of us can hope to operate in this cosmic endeavor without it. Prayer must be a constant[1]—not just the occasional invocation or blessing or … Read moreBasic Training