I’ve never shared the widespread interest in hope or despair. We have a moral responsibility to do what needs doing. What more has to be said? But the work of the doctor/narrator in Albert Camus’ The Plague, which I’ve referred people to as a model is not quite right — or at least could be misleading.
Proclaiming that the end is nigh has now become the labor of the very opposite of a deluded religious devotee. And the question framed by Robert Frost of whether the world will end in fire or ice is no longer in dispute. The world will soon end in fire, possibly the fire of the Pentagon’s
Published on Truthout, 14 August 2018. Trump as a leader, and his loyal followers, exhibit “culting” behaviors, says cult expert Dr. Milton J. Bennett. Read the full story on Truthout.
Published on Truthout, 7 May 2018. As the world becomes increasingly dystopian and dependent on technology, artist and printer Myrna Keliher reminds us to stop, pay attention to the shape of letters and words, be moved by poetry, and perhaps even to head for the hills. Read the full story on Truthout.
Published on Truthout, 13 February 2017. Systems theorist, Buddhist, deep ecologist, author, teacher and speaker Joanna Macy discusses the necessity of seeing and feeling the reality of everything that is happening today, difficult as that may be, in order to awaken our hearts and build toward a life-sustaining civilization. Read the full story on Truthout.
It was February 2005, and after several months of front-line reporting from Iraq, I’d returned to the US a human time bomb of rage, my temper ticking shorter each day. Walking through morgues in Baghdad left scenes in my mind I remember even now. I can still smell the decaying bodies as I type this,
Among things that have not changed in Iraq is one that I hope never changes. After a four-year-long absence, each of my meetings here with former friends and fresh acquaintances seems to suggest that adversity has taken its toll on everything except Iraqi hospitality and Iraqi generosity. I am awestruck to find the warmth of
“Foreseen for so many years: these evils, this monstrous violence, these massive agonies: no easier to bear.” -Robinson Jeffers, American poet Agence France-Presse reports that the first person killed when the Israeli military began to enter Gaza on Saturday was a Palestinian child. On Sunday, a Palestinian woman and her four children were blown to
Long before I discovered the mysterious mix of pain and relief that writing from the heart brings, I was pursuing a Masters in English Literature at Central Washington University in the small town of Ellensburg, Washington. I was broke, like most grad students, and supported myself by working for two individuals confined to assisted living
There’s an old joke in which a fellow natters on endlessly about himself. Finally, he turns to his friend and says, “Well, enough about me, how about you? What do you think of me?” Sometimes, we in the U.S. seem to be that guy. There are so many voices crucial to understanding our world that