Category Archives: Human Condition: Variations

A Thanksgiving E-card

This lovely palindrome, written by Jonathan Reed, was broadcast on the media screen at church this past Sunday. Cindy and I loved it. We hope you do, too.  Happy Thanksgiving, Rod

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Meditation on How Things Work

Everything is new. And we are living among events so singular that old people have no more knowledge of them, are no more habituated to them, and have no more experience of them than young people. We are all novices, … Continue reading

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The Hell Are We Doing Here?

…No. Capitalism is not a means to any end… It is a process for exploring and engaging uncertainty with fluid expectations… —Venkatesh Rao The argument I’ve been making for a bear market of Grand Supercycle degree is easier to get … Continue reading

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On Liberty

Six days a week, his day ends at 1 am, when he closes up for his boss at the takeout pizza store after making deliveries starting at 5 pm the afternoon before. On all but one of those days, he … Continue reading

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Of Thinking

If Passion drives, let Reason hold the Reins —Benjamin Franklin Our plan had been to stay home for dinner. At the last minute, we decided to go out.  While studying the menu at the restaurant, I reminded myself that I’d already had two desserts this week, so … Continue reading

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Social Mood: The Change Agent

Plus je vois les hommes, Plus j’admire les chiens (The more I see of man, the more I like dogs) —French proverb It’s a fractious time: Narrow mindedness, intolerance and mean spiritedness drive much of our public policy. Civility and discourse in politics have been … Continue reading

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Making SNAP Judgements

I have always depended on the kindness of strangers —Blanche DuBois Skimming Bloomberg’s Website for the national news, the man spots an article on Spanish Lakes Homes, a mobile home park he vaguely recalls passing while driving down to Palm Beach recently, on his way to shop for Cole Hahn shoes at … Continue reading

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Resisting Change

The things she was determined to be loyal to …made pretty simplistic reading: truth, tolerance, justice, a sense of life’s beauty and a near-violent rejection of their opposites–but above all, an inherited belief…that the system itself must be forced to … Continue reading

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My Annual Populist Rant

Makes me no nevermind that Wal-Mart heirs occupy positions 6, 7, 8 and 9 on the Forbes’ 400 list of America’s richest people. God love ‘em, they didn’t ask to be born on third base, and the record shows that they … Continue reading

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Living Large on Minimum Wage

We must have the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless furnace of the world —Gilbert It was a night with no moon and he was alone, driving up the Interstate in northern Michigan, with an all-night radio station out of Chicago for … Continue reading

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