BEHIND MY WIFE’S GENTLE EXTERIOR, THERE BE DRAGONS

Here’s a sobering, albeit quirky, ‘thoughtlet’ I got from my wife this morning: Dreams are a dime a dozen. Martin Luther King had one. So did Ed McCurdy. He dreamt “that men had all agreed to put an end to war.” Let’s imagine that both their dreams have come true. And while we’re at it, … Continue reading BEHIND MY WIFE’S GENTLE EXTERIOR, THERE BE DRAGONS

AN ANALYSIS OF MIRACLES IN THREE AWKWARD PHILOSOPHICAL MOMENTS

I. What is a Law of the Land? Thomas Hobbes thought that in a state of nature there’s “no government at all, except the government of small families, the concord whereof dependeth on natural lust,”  I’m not sure the concord of families, if concord it be called, dependeth on natural lust. More likely it dependeth … Continue reading AN ANALYSIS OF MIRACLES IN THREE AWKWARD PHILOSOPHICAL MOMENTS

ANIMUS

Because for seventy years Yugoslavia was one country, as government workers, university professors, and so on, Serbs and Croats lived side by side in its capital, Belgrade. So I’m told that, when the war broke out after the death of Tito, many of these people didn’t know what to do with their friendships. It’s not … Continue reading ANIMUS