I Think This Is A Bad Idea

When the Babolinan empire was busy constructing the tower of Babel, there was a group of people that left the spectacular city, their homeland, in search of a new place to live. And they didn’t just move from one city to the next, they moved from one continent to another. They built their own barges…

Is it Morally Wrong to Manipulate Emotion?

There was this moment in the live performance of the musical The Scarlet Pimpernel where the clever devious Pimpernel is with his group of men sailing on a ship to France on one of their most important missions. As the song unfolds the story, the men are moving around on the ship getting into disguise….

Mini Memoir: The Green Stove

I sometimes wonder where some of my memories from my early childhood came from. Is it possible for me to recall something that happened when I was nearly two years old, or do I remember it because of the photos I’ve seen and conversations I’ve heard years after the moment occurred? In the days of…

Mini Memoir: The GRE

I took the GRE yesterday. That was a unique experience. It’s been about 20 years since I was on a college campus as a student, so it felt a bit odd walking across the University of Utah’s grounds mingled among the students adorned with ear pods, searching for the testing center. Everyone talks about how…

The Greatest Quality of Leadership

Perhaps the greatest quality of leadership is the ability to see and understand differing views, perspectives, and beliefs and to see the truth and legitimacy in those differing views. Our ego blinds us to the truth. A good leader is one who has the capacity to see truth and to withstand the pressures of validation….

Promoting Justice through Injustice part II

A well known example of promoting justice through injustice is the woman who was brought before Jesus by the scribes and the Pharisees who was had committed adultery and demanded that Jesus explain what should be done. The Law of Moses commanded that such should be stoned. She had done something that was against their…

Meaningful Love

“Love one another; as I have loved you … By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”  John 13:34-35 My 10-year-old daughter has been looking forward to participating in the school play for the second year in a row. Last year only those who wanted…

Promoting Justice through Injustice

One reason it takes deep courage to act with moral integrity is because you have to give up control. Acting with moral integrity, making the best decision, choosing what is just, right, and good does not guarantee that the “good guy” will win. If honor were profitable, everybody would be honorable. Thomas More My dad coached…

Inheritance

Over 35 years ago we were in the same Kindergarten class. I saw her yesterday and knew that I had met her before but I couldn’t figure out how I knew her. She put it together first. As soon as she said “I think we were in the same Kindergarten class,” the window to my…

Validation Dependency

I’m having a hard time articulating the difference between validation dependency and a virtuous desire to be in relationships with others.  Validation dependency is destructive and erodes the character, but there is a difference between validation dependency and a desire to love and to be loved by others. Is it not good to desire to…