Posts Tagged ‘love’

Charity Requires Relationship

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

If I give to my fellow human being, but do so involuntarily, he will eventually know.  If I give to my fellow human being, but do so to satisfy my own ego, seeing him only as a statistic or a project or an inferior or a stereotype or member of a group, he will eventually know. (more…)

Field Guide for Spotting the True God

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

If your god does not welcome dialogue and questioning, it is not the true god.


Quantum Killing and Non-zero-sum Guilt

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

It’s usually through a thousand tiny cuts of reduced kindness (each one individually invisible to any but the most capital-G of Gods and the most conscientious and self-scrutinizing of saints) that a surplus workforce is driven from the fold and into the waiting arms of a war, prison, slave labor, insufficient medical care, or other population-control device.  (more…)

Revolutionary Road? More Like Devolutionary Road

Monday, March 15th, 2010

I expected this movie’s characters to come across as paper dolls, an effete outsider’s best guess at what a doomed suburban family looks like.  And I have to say, after the first fight scene, outside the car at the rest stop, I was bracing for a very stage-y script and three hours of unconvincing sparks (for the convincing kind of stage-y sparks between husband and wife, check out Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf).  (more…)

Whole & One: Integrity, Intrapersonal Love, and the Two Perfections of the Lover

Monday, May 12th, 2008

“A man has to live with himself, and he should see to it that he always has good company.” – Charles Evans Hughes (more…)

Atlas Plugged: Defending Iron Man from Gold Woman

Monday, May 5th, 2008

“Guns will make us powerful; butter will only make us fat.” –Hermann Goering (more…)

Harmony & Diversity: Joy, Collective Love, and the Two Ends of Love

Monday, April 28th, 2008

“Joy is the serious business of heaven.” –C.S. “Not Carl” Lewis

“There will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” –Jesus “Not Quintana” Christ (more…)

I & Thou: Wisdom, Interpersonal Love, and the Two Roles of Love

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

“Love your neighbor as yourself.” –Jesus “Not Quintana” Christ (more…)

Golden & Platinum: Rationality and the Two Laws of Love

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

“Irrationality is the square root of all evil.” –Douglas Hofstadter. (more…)

God Willing, God Forbid, and a Third Thing Altogether

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

“I don’t want to start any blasphemous rumours,
But I think that God’s got a sick sense of humor,
And when I die, I expect to find him laughing.”

–Depeche Mode, “Blasphemous Rumours”

Theologians call it the problem of evil, or the mystery of iniquity… if God’s all-knowing and all-powerful and good, why do things like ebola virus, the holocaust, and televangelists exist? (more…)

True Superiority Vs. Satanic Superiority

Monday, February 25th, 2008

We all like the sound of equality, and for the most part we honor the notion of legal equality as the bedrock of a sane and fair world. Nevertheless, a billion and one inequalities always impinge on our efforts at equality, and it’s hard to know by what just standard we might ever affirm one entity’s legal inequality–one might say, legal superiority–over another. (more…)