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    Man Is Still a Barbarian

    The recent windstorms have burnished the air, and the canyon, hillsides, and rocks stand out in sharp relief, accented by clumps of white clouds...

    Peace and Love–Once Again, With Thinking

    Walking along the paths of the sylvan city park after a sitting at creek side, I came upon a young foursome enjoying the gorgeous...

    The Ultimate Contradiction: Man

    The 50th anniversary of John Glenn’s orbital flight was just commemorated. Shortly afterward, in 1962, John F. Kennedy said America would “commit itself to...

    Dialogue: We Aren’t Our Memories and Experiences

    Upstream, a male mallard, its green, florescent head glinting and almost glowing in the bright, late afternoon sunlight, stands in the middle of a...

    Learning Nothing From the Past

    Probably the single greatest test of the so-called international community is whether it can prevent or stop genocide and civilian slaughter. By that measure...

    Depression In a Dead Culture Is Not a Given

    Having essentially lost my 20’s in the ‘70’s and early ‘80’s to depression before it became pandemic in America, I’ve watched with growing dismay...

    What Is Holiness?

    The river of Western civilization seems to be parting in two directions, neither of which offers anything new and nourishing. One channel, the increasingly...

    No More ad Hominids

    The bush of human evolution is getting bushier. New species of hominids have been discovered in Africa, Asia, and Europe in recent years that...

    ¡Revolución!¡Revolución!

    One of the core elements of the rational conservative’s worldview is that traditions developed over the centuries should carry greater weight than insights awakened...

    Art, Imagination, and Insight

    Art derives from the power of imagination, whereas evil derives from the imagination of power. Both have imagination at the center. In one direction,...

    Don’t Sell Humanity Short

    A great religious teacher once said, “No teacher, however illumined, has changed the basic course of man.” After hearing this statement, I began asking...

    Meditation and Man

    In my last column, I talked about an experience of agnosia (the loss of the ability to recognize people and objects) that occurred during...

    A Neuroscientist’s Nightmare

    What happens in the brain during higher states of consciousness? Is consciousness no more than the product of the human brain, as neuroscientists believe? The...

    The Juncture of Science and Spirituality

    “We believe that Genesis chapters one and two are factual accounts of creation and we, therefore, reject the false teaching of evolution which has...

    Man’s Place in the Universe

    Fog enshrouds the town as I enter the mountain community from the valley below. With a few hundred meters more of elevation, the fog...

    Ten Commandments Down to One

    I’d been deathly ill for a fortnight with food poisoning. Having foolishly asked the universe, in a meditative state, ‘should I become a vegetarian?’...

    A Cast of Hawks

    Arriving at the creek at the edge of town at the zenith of the day, I’m surprised by the warmth, clarity, and quietness of...

    The Earth Charter in Costa Rica

    The Earth Charter Initiative (ECI), located in Costa Rica, began with an excellent vision but limited intent. It provides an “ethical framework for the...

    Hinges of History

    Twenty years ago this month the Soviet Union broke up. Russians are restive again, though the entrenched oligarchy (having gone from communism to capitalism,...

    A Global Shift in Consciousness?

    Are the protests around the world, which even hidebound Time Magazine in America is featuring as ‘Person of the Year,’ auguring and catalyzing a...

    The Problem of Evil

    The most difficult question in philosophy is called ‘the problem of evil.’ I have reluctantly explored the issue since first having been directly exposed...

    “Color Is God”

    It was heavily overcast all day, and after working in fits and starts, I seize an urge to get out for a bike ride....

    Inquiry and Revolution

    Being very interested in dialogue, I contacted several people in a meditation network that promotes something they call “meditative inquiry.” I came away feeling...

    Let the Dead Bury Their DeadQue los muertos entierren a sus muertos

    Before I dare to delve into the New Testament, a disclaimer. I’m not a Christian, don’t believe in Jesus as ‘The Crucified Lord,” and...

    Occupy Consciousness

    A friend wrote with a question that goes right to the heart of the human crisis: “When we experience the still place within us...
    Nature v Nurture

    Nurture Is More Important Than Nature

    In an age when everyone is bombarded with too much information and noise, the sound of a gently flowing stream is not just music...

    From Sentience to Sapience

    The great irony of evolution is that, though it took billions of years to evolve a brain capable of awareness of the sacred through...

    Regarding Guilt and Responsibility

    Having been raised Catholic when the Mass was still in Latin, and before the Roman Catholic Church became linked with pedophilia, I learned a...

    America v. World

    The killing of the American-born Islamic cleric Anwar al-Alawaki by a CIA drone in Yemen is being chauvinistically portrayed as a legal question for...

    A New Theory of Human Nature

    For at least 100,000 years, since modern man first emerged from Africa, humans have been as we are—tribal, self-centered, and dominated by the separative...

    The End of Growth

    The European Union’s economic crisis pits two completely different philosophies against each other. On one side is the ‘sinners must pay’ chorus, the austerity...

    Exploring Meditation

    A reader asks, “Can the people who have a natural talent to quiet their thoughts and clean their mind, not by effort and struggling,...

    Enlightenment Revisited

    The question of enlightenment is so fraught with projection and tradition that it is almost impossible to use the word without getting caught in...

    The Palestinian Vote: No More US/UN

    The rap on the Palestinians has been that “they never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.” But after badly playing America and Israel’s...

    Costa Rica is 190!

    As Costa Rica celebrates 190 years of independence on September 15th, it’s worth reflecting that in one of the most historically violent regions in...

    The Vampires Next Door

    The couple next door is a disturbing spiritual/philosophical study. They run a lucrative business from their home--as foster parents for abused and neglected children...

    Guilt and Growing Up Catholic

    Though the Catholic Church has supposedly changed a great deal, in truth its modernization is a veneer over a decaying 2000-year structure. The cornerstone...

    A Relationship with What Is

    The mind-as-thought has the unfortunate ability to go away from what is, and the human mind does so habitually and perennially. But the human...

    From Saturn to Soyuz

    For all intents and purposes, the American manned space program is over, at least for the foreseeable future. After over 30 years as a...
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    Re-creating Our Countries

    I pass two boys and their grandmother on the park path between my running intervals. The oldest, 8 or 9, already has the cloned...
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