The Equal Threat

Humanity shares one common state.  We inhabit a world that is in peril.  We are under equal threat. “We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity.  We cannot remain looking inwards at ourselves on a small and increasingly polluted and overcrowded planet.” Stephen Hawking

The Right Time

“Virtue can only flourish among equals.” Mary Wollstonecraft Mary Wollstonecraft (1759 – 1797) was a British writer, philosopher and advocate of women’s rights. She was also the mother of Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, aka Mary Shelley who gave us “Frankenstein.” Mary Wollstonecraft wrote novels, travel narratives, a conduct book and history of the French Revolution.  She…

Worth the Effort

Equality is a principle that we all embrace with great enthusiasm.  It is an ideal that honours the spirit of community and fair-mindedness.  Acting on this high standard is where we encounter challenges to our value and belief systems.  “Walking the talk”, is very different from engaging in a theoretically discussion. Mary Douglas (1921-2007), a British…

I Have a Dream

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Martin Luther King, Jr. On January 21, 2013, the world celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.   There are those individuals…

A Friendship

Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau met in 1837.  Lucy Brown, who boarded at David Thoreau’s home, was the sister-in-law of Ralph Waldo Emerson. On April 9th, she introduced the two men who were destined to form a lifelong friendship.  Emerson was 34 and Thoreau was a 20-year old Harvard senior.  Both men were…

Three Precious Things

Frugality forms an affectionate companionship with gentleness and humility.  One leads to the other and then to the other before returning again to the beginning. Lao Tzu (Laozi), a philosopher of ancient China best known as the author of the Tao Te Ching and, in tradition, the founder of philosophical Taoism, offers these words of…