Humanity, Not Quite Ready for Civilization: Reverence for Life in a Washed-Up World

The fifth and final part in a series that explores whether humanity is ready for Civilization. Click these links to read Part I, Part II, Part III and Part IV. Sometimes you have to break a thing down into its simplest parts to understand it afresh. At other times, you have to be broken, or […]

Humanity, Not Quite Ready for Civilization: MLK’s Audacious Belief

Part III in a series that explores whether humanity is ready for Civilization. Click the following links to read Part I and Part II.   Have you ever stopped to ask yourself what Civilization means? Nobel Peace laureate and philosopher Albert Schweitzer did. In his book, The Philosophy of Civilization, the great thinker writes: “We […]

Humanity, Not Quite Ready for Civilization: Part I

Despite such advancements as the particle collider and Lean Cuisines (not to mention Steak-umms), humanity, it seems, is not quite ready for Civilization. In fact, I am beginning to realize that Civilization is only now just being born. … Last summer, my young daughter and I sat on the steps of a local community pool, […]

Gun of the Hand, Leopard of the Snow

“This gun of the hand is for the taking of human life.  We believe it is wrong to take the life; that is only for God.” When I search my memory banks for the origins of my quasi-pacifism, the above quote from the 1985 Harrison Ford film Witness always springs to mind. I confess:  I […]

The Caterpillar that did not Die in Vain: A Progressive Parable

When I picked up my daughter Katherine from school the other afternoon, her class was on the playground. From a distance, I noticed that she and a number of her preschool classmates were huddled around something. There was so much shrieking and hullabaloo that at first I wondered whether the throb band One Direction was […]