Honoring Labor, Not the Lies

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Honoring Labor, Not the Lies

Protecting the Promise of Labor Day: Five Ways Workers are Under Attack by Zaid Jilani In 1897, President Grover Cleveland made Labor Day a federal holiday, reacting to pressure from unions following the contentious Pullman Strike. Over the next century, unions fought to win all sorts of benefits for Americans, ranging from widespread employer-sponsored health…
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Science and Religion, again

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Science and Religion, again

This is a wonderful talk in all sorts of ways. What is missing, what is ALWAYS missing, is the recognition that the entire realm of religiosity is not reducible to the naive belief in an “invisible friend in the sky”. This naive (fundamentalist) idea of ‘God’ as a kind of super-human “out there” someplace, who…
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Fundamentalist Thinking is Not Limited to Religious Nuts

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Fundamentalist Thinking is Not Limited to Religious Nuts

There’s yet another story doing the rounds of Facebook today, worrying about whether Jesus was an historical figure or not. It’s such a silly waste of time. It’s all the same problem, on either side of this ‘argument’. Whether it’s literal fundamentalist Christianity (“The Bible is literally true and you MUST believe it”) or literal…
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Meaninglessness

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Meaninglessness

A veiled feeling of meaninglessness is a primary quality of the contemporary psyche. And this belittling acceptance of ultimate insignificance provides all the necessary groundwork for selfishness, boredom, hatred, servility, violence and fear. The consequences of meaninglessness are seen throughout that disintegration of human life which is so pitilessly recorded in each day’s news report,…
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Titans, Gods, & War in Heaven

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Titans, Gods, & War in Heaven

The Greeks symbolized the continuing process of unified Divinity transforming itself into diverse entities and qualities – the ‘One’ becoming ‘Many’ – as the appearance of the Titans: the elder gods who descended (by the power of the Logos) from the stars to the level of our sun. These were the children of Uranus and…
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A Glorious Destiny

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A Glorious Destiny

One day, on a busy street in Louisville, Kentucky, the famous Trappist Monk, Thomas Merton, found himself surrounded by Jews and Christians, Blacks and Whites, and others. He suddenly experienced a radical sensation of inclusion. “It was like I was waking from a dream of separateness,” he later wrote, “of spurious self-isolation in a ‘special’…
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The Lesser Mysteries of Eleusis

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The Lesser Mysteries of Eleusis

The Eleusinian Mysteries were open to virtually everyone (only murderers, and people who could not understand the Greek language that was spoken in the rites, were excluded), and during the nearly two thousand years that they were celebrated, thousands of men, women, slaves, foreigners, common folk, and illustrious public figures (including Plato, Cicero, Augustus Caesar,…
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The Allegory of the Cave

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The Allegory of the Cave

To illustrate his four levels of existence and consciousness, Plato relates his celebrated ‘Allegory of the Cave’ in the Republic. The story begins with human beings who have lived in a large underground cave since birth, chained in such a way that they can only see in front of them, being prevented by the chains…
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How is this going to end??

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How is this going to end??

Like pretty much everyone else, I want to see the fighting and killing in Gaza come to an end. A friend has suggested that if the Israelis’ would give the Palestinians Hope, and even switch from war to rebuilding their infrastructure, lifting the embargo, dismantling the settlements, and other acts of peace and goodwill, this…
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The Right Thing for the Wrong Reason?

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The Right Thing for the Wrong Reason?

We know that when others tell us what is good and true, their words must always be questioned. We pay lip service to this admonition, but it requires more. The integrity of our own mind must be considered sacred. “I am ashamed,” Emerson lamented, “to think how easily we capitulate to badges and names, to…
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