35 to Life

35 to Life

As Peru gets closer to trying in court 53 indigenous leaders and activists for the tragic clashes in the Amazon Bagua in June, 2009, I have been thinking more and more about the meaning of the violent events for the…

Ceremony

Ceremony

Last night I watched a man die. I heard the vvvvvrrrrr of a gunned motorcycle engine and saw an old man step off the curb with a shopping cart full of aluminum cans. The worlds of motorcycle and shopping cart…

Unofficial Self

Unofficial Self

“If you look into your own mind, which are you,” asked George Orwell, “Don Quixote or Sancho Panza? “Almost certainly you are both,” he continued. “There is one part of you that wishes to be a hero or a saint,…

Consuming Becomes Me

Consuming Becomes Me

I’ve always recited the adage that you are what you eat, usually without thinking about it much. But if I apply it to consumption of news, it really gives me pause. You “like” an organization or a cause once out…

Perfect Joy

Perfect Joy

“The ambitious run day and night in pursuit of honors, constantly in anguish about the success of their plans, dreading the miscalculation that may wreck everything. Thus they are alienated from themselves, exhausting their real life in service of the…

McLuhan

McLuhan

“… all media work us over completely.” — Marshall McLuhan

In Service of Moloch

In Service of Moloch

“I had come to politics very late, when I was almost forty, jolted awake by the gruesome reality of the war (WWI) and profoundly horrified at the ease with which my colleagues and friends had enlisted in the service of…

Faith-based Initiative

Faith-based Initiative

“When a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself, and God does not take care to support it so that its professors are obligated to call for help of the civil…

My Favorite Day

My Favorite Day

(From FB post in January, 2013) Arrived back in New Haven last night after a great trip home to California with Lauren to see family and friends. I woke up in New England this morning — engaged, grateful, and curious…