10,000 hours

I just finished reading Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers where he brings up the idea of practicing something for 10,000 hours, and now I can’t stop thinking about the possibilities of practicing something for 10,000 hours. This theory, from what I understand, suggest that if one deliberately practices something for 10,000 hours, they will reach a…

Obedience and Integrity

To some, obedience can almost feel like a trap. What’s the difference between obedience that is driven by moral courage and obedience that is dangerous? When is it good to yield? When is it good to comply? When is it virtuous to obey? “Sometimes we want to place it in the frame of either obedience…

Cool Things From Created From the Covid Circumstances

I’ve seen a lot of really cool and inspiring things that people have created out of the challenging circumstance that Covid has created. I deiced today that I want to start keeping a list of them…it’s a small list so far, if you have any others you know about, add them to the comments.

What’s in the Name

Listen to six individuals share their views on whether Universities should change the names of their buildings. Three women, three men, different faiths, ages 24-60, one black, five white. Currently, there are many petitions throughout the country petitioning a name change of University buildings if the building is named after an individual that was a…

Is Obedience Always Morally Honorable?

Click play or keep reading Alexander Holmes had been at sea since his tenth birthday. By the time he was twenty-six-years old he had a reputation for being a respectful seaman and a competent fellow who followed commands without complaint. He was a good sailor who caused no trouble within the crew and always did…

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? this is one i think is better to listen to than to read, if for no other reason but to hear Maya angelou’s voice. The history of the world is filled with stories of individuals and groups confronting injustice and oppression. The caste system cruelly…

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…