Category Archives: Practicing Goodness

How’s That Trust Thing Going?

It’s official. This year’s midterm is the nastiest election in recent history. And after all this viciousness, we’re all just gonna sit down and make nice? We’re gonna work together? We’re gonna trust each other? And a society without trust … Continue reading

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The 2010 Election and Trust

I woke up with two things to say to you on this Election Day:  (1) Vote! (2) What in holy heck are we doing to ourselves? It’s not the results of this midterm that worry me so much, although I’m … Continue reading

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Goodness By Any Other Name

Any search for goodness is probably doomed to wander through the wilds of religion at some point. Variations on political themes will undoubtedly slither through the under brush. Philosophies, moral codes, science and clashing systems of ethics can be expected … Continue reading

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The Goodness of Integrity

Today is National Coming Out Day, so it seems appropriate to note that there is nothing more important to the search for goodness than integrity. The dictionary on my iMac defines “integrity” as “the quality of being honest and having … Continue reading

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Sam Harris and the Truck-Sized Hole in the Book

Flaming arrows are heading Sam Harris’ way because of his new book, The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values. The problem, says my old blogging friend Josh Rosenau, is the truck-sized hole in the middle of Harris’ argument. … Continue reading

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Fred Phelps and Goodness

The Rev. Fred Phelps claims to speak for God, and today the Westboro Baptist Church preacher gets to make his case to the U.S. Supreme Court. A friend noted this morning that all the media attention is probably a dream … Continue reading

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Quote-a-thon: Anne Rice and Charles Baudelaire

Two of a kind… American Novelist Anne Rice: “Evil is always possible. Goodness is a difficulty.” French Poet Charles Baudelaire: “Evil is committed without effort, naturally, fatally; goodness is always the product of some art.”

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Quote-a-thon: Marcia Epstein

Marcia Epstein: “Each of us must help the world become safe and nurturing for all people.” Although Marcia doesn’t mention the word “goodness,” this certainly sounds like goodness to me. Marcia is the director of Headquarters Counseling Center in Lawrence, … Continue reading

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Quote-a-thon: Henry David Thoreau

“All good things are wild, and free.” Via thinkexist.com.

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Quote-a-thon: Indian Proverb

“Conquer a man who never gives by gifts; Subdue untruthful men by truthfulness; Vanquish an angry man by gentleness; And overcome the evil man by goodness.” via http://www.thinkexist.com. Unfortunately, ThinkExist is seriously vague about the source of this proverb, but … Continue reading

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Quote-a-thon: John Wesley

From the founder of Methodism, John Wesley: “Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, to all the souls you can, in every place you can, at all the times you can, with the zeal you … Continue reading

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Wherein I Confess To My Christianity Problem

I should probably turn in my goodness card. I blew up — via email — at a well-meaning Christian who wrote to tell me that all I needed was prayer to find the Holy Spirit. This happened about a week … Continue reading

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The Meditate and Pray-a-thon ctd.

I did it. My goal was to meditate and pray every day for seven days, and I succeeded. Wahoo for me! This turned out to be far easier than I had expected because once I made the commitment, I discovered … Continue reading

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Update on the Meditate and Pray-a-thon

I’ve kept my word. Every day this week I’ve added meditation and prayer to my morning routine. The results have been interesting. I start by meditating for 15 to 20 minutes and then I pray, and then I, ah, cry. … Continue reading

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Practicing Goodness ctd.

I appreciate the suggestions folks posted about how I might practice goodness for the rest of this quest. Yesterday, however, while sitting in a car with the air conditioning running  and deep in an unexpected conversation, I took the leap … Continue reading

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