Obedience

See the PDF for the notes and references. Introduction  Captain George Harris spoke highly of his sailor Alexander Holmes saying “I never had a better man on board my ship. He was a first-rate man and was always obedient to officers.” Alexander Holmes was a Swedish-born sailor and had been at sea since his tenth…

Is it Virtuous to be Obedient?

The courtroom grew quite with subdued anticipation as prosecutor Oliver Hopkinson asked his lead witness Bridget McGee to describe the events as she experienced them.  A year earlier, she had left the port of Liverpool, England in the spring of 1841 joining 65 Scotch and Irish emigrants passengers leaving their homelands behind with anxious hope…

Oppressing the Oppressors

Would the Oppressed become the Oppressor if given the chance? The history of the world is filled with stories of individuals and groups confronting injustice and oppression. The caste system cruelly labeled individuals as untouchables. White Americans enslaved black Americans. The Germans’ fought to eradicate the Jews. The Rwandan genocide. Salem witch trials. Haun’s Mill…

When God’s Mysteries Aren’t Mysterious

I doubt that I’m the first one to come up with the idea of an audioblog, but that’s what this is, an audioblog. You can read or listen to it. Enjoy. Why is it that when we have the privilege of glimpsing God’s hand, we are tempted to strip away His majesty and power? A…

Eavesdropping on the Harlem Writers Guild

“Well, in this group we remind each other that talent is not enough. You’ve got to work Write each sentence over and over again, until it seems you’ve used every combination possible, then write it again.” Maya Angelou, The Hear of A Woman p.49 I listened in on a writers group that occurred before I…

Questions about Obedience

Why do you think we are so compelled to comply and obey authority? In Milgram’s experiment many protested yet still obeyed…what is it that compels them to obey? Why is defiance so hard? What makes obeying easier than defiance even when obeying is distressing? What’s the value of obedience? Milgram, for example, wrote an essay…

Questions about Depression in Relation to One’s Sense of Self

Does an undeveloped sense of self make one more susceptible to depression? How would you define “depression”? Are there different types of depression? For example, what’s the difference between facing a challenging situation (such as a loss of job, death, illness, etc…) and feeling sad, depressed, and discouraged verses being depressed. Is there a difference?…

Is it noble to stick it out in a hard marriage?

If two people make it to their 50 wedding anniversary, is that accomplishment honorable and noble? My grandma and grandpa Flanders meet in the 1940s. They were married on December 20, 1944 when Grandpa was home on leave for two weeks. A few days after their wedding Grandpa left again with the Navy to continue…

The Count of Monte Cristo and Success

I lost count at how many attempts I made to read The Count of Monte Cristo. It’s a big book. While I was in elementary I read Ramona Quimby age 8, The Candy Corn Contest, and Flubber. I even read a couple of the Baby Sitters Club books. But that’s the extent of my reading…

Passionate Marriage

Since I began this blog journey nearly three years ago, one of the ideas that has dominated much of my thinking is that of emotional maturity, or the development of one’s sense of self. For me, writing is the pathway to understanding truth, morality, justice, and ethics. Reading is the privilege to observe the different…