• We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately. -Benjamin Franklin, Freedom Fighter

  • We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. -Martin Luther King, Jr., Freedom Fighter

  • Let us be cautious in making assertions and critical in examining them, but tolerant in permitting linguistic forms. -Rudolf Carnap, Philosopher

  • A clash of doctrines is not a disaster—it is an opportunity. -Alfred North Whitehead, Philosopher

  • If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Poet

  • Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. -Rumi, Mystic

  • If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things. – Rene Descartes, Philosopher

  • A house divided against itself cannot stand. -Abraham Lincoln, President

  • Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them. -Albert Einstein, Scientist

  • Be the change you want to see in the world. -Mahatma Gandhi, Freedom Fighter

Memorial Day, 2018

That these dead shall not have died in vain…

Rita and I are in Japan on holiday. When we arrived in Japan, everything and everyone seemed strange, forbidding. Ten days later, the strange has begun to seem normal. 

And even as Japan and the Japanese begin to take on a certain familiarity, I still notice the people who look more like me. And my eyes seem to be drawn to words in the English language with which I am comfortable. Tribe runs deep. Implicit tribal bias?

We see a group of Japanese young men taking a selfie. We offer to take a photo of them. They thank us in perfect English. It turns out they’re Americans, New Jerseyites going to Princeton. 

Implicit tribal bias gone astray? 

Which brings us to 2018 America where we are again engaged in Read more »

Martin Luther King Day, 2018

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’ Martin Luther King, Read more »

Thanksgiving, 2017

We are in the very midst of a revolution, the most complete, unexpected and remarkable of any in the history of nations — John Adams The revolution continues … a revolution that began with a new nation, Read more »

Independence Day, 2017

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Declaration of Read more »

Memorial Day, 2017

To the Congress and President, on the occasion of Memorial Day 2017 that these dead shall not have died in vain.  Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg. At the end of the movie Saving Private Ryan, as Captain Read more »

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