The Price of Absolute Certainty

Carve Truth on a Stone Tablet Some people’s beliefs seem carved in stone with absolute certainty. An idea can be so firmly entrenched that any evidence presented to the contrary will be summarily dismissed without actual examination. Absolute meaning, no room for error, ever. You’ll find people arguing whether we actually put a man on…

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Looking Through The Kaleidoscope

A Kaleidoscope View of The World I ponder how humans view the world and why each has a different perspective. We all have well-intentioned folks who politically lean left, right, or center, tending to see very little the same way. I concluded that we each use a kaleidoscope when viewing the world. When we think…

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Are Things Really So Bad?

To hear the “bad” news and social media, you would think that humanity and our planetary condition are like water circling the drain to the point the sink is almost empty. I am the first to say we are busy as hell trying to make the doomsday criers’ predictions come true, but a look back…

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How Our Traditions Bind Us

We Love Our Boundaries As human beings, we desire and depend upon boundaries and traditions. Much is said about our insatiable pursuit of personal freedom. However, it is those boundaries to our freedom that we depend on most. For example, in democratic governments, we enact laws to rule our social and economic behaviors. As long…

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Rites of Passage

In the space between childhood and fully becoming an adult, there have been customs performed by young men and women to signify or test their right to become full adult members of society or their tribe. Once those were successfully completed, they were expected to act as an adult, fully responsible for themselves. For young…

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Haters & Hate Speech – Doncha Just Hate It!

Hate, hate, hate is one of the most common words on social media. People seem to hate black, white, brown, conservative, liberal, wealthy, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and every other sort of human being you can name – some even say they hate most of them. Of course, a select few indiscriminately hate everyone, including themselves….

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Hate Thy Neighbor?

Preface: This article was written long before I wrote: “Haters & Hate Speech – Doncha Just Hate It!” Even though the content is similar, I have decided to leave since there are differences, and it clearly reflects my state of awareness of our culture at different times. I doubt that there has been another time…

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The Court of Public Opinion

Any person accused of a crime in the U.S. can only be convicted by sufficient evidence of wrongdoing by his accuser. Our constitution provides for that in very clear wording we commonly refer to as “presumption of innocence until proven guilty”. The court of public opinion has no rules at all. No evidence is required….

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The Danger of Sound Bites

In the age of small sound bites, it has become evident that many people forgo reading and understanding our country’s founding documents, like the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. They quote bits from them, containing an agenda matching theirs, as if it were the law. Recently, members of an online group were up in…

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Dad-Deprived Boys – Rejected!

This article was rejected for publication in Ennis News. The reason was that this topic is too sensitive in the current social climate. Their reasons are valid. Newspapers, especially local papers, have to walk a fine line so as not to offend readers and advertisers in order to survive. For myself, I consider this topic…

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