Inspiration: Essays & Musings

The Common Good

The Common Good

A few weeks ago I spoke to a couple of sessions of a sociology class at St. Mary's University. My assigned topic was "the common good," one of the underlying principles of the Charter for Compassion. St. Mary's is a Catholic University (but you guessed that, didn't...

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Are you WEIRD? I Am.

Are you WEIRD? I Am.

At our weekly Compassionate Life book study on Monday we speculated about how we know what we know. And what we don't know. And what we don't know we don't know. It got deep. I'm intrigued by what we don't know we don't know. You know what I mean: those mentifacts and...

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Drive-by Kindness

Drive-by Kindness

I'm feeling curmudgeonly this morning. The New York Times recently ran an article about paying it forward. [read it here.] The contemporary trend started with a 1999 book and movie by Catherine Ryan Hyde. It's the moral opposite of paying back, or getting revenge. In...

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Helping cells are happy and healthy cells

Helping cells are happy and healthy cells

There's new evidence that helping people makes you happy -- right down to the cellular level. The Science Daily Reported: [Read the whole article here] The sense of well-being derived from "a noble purpose" may provide cellular health benefits, whereas "simple...

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Equality and Justice

Equality and Justice

As this image so clearly demonstrates, treating everyone the same is not always the just, righteous and compassionate approach. A counter-image has cropped up that offers a third way: liberation. Visualize a world without barriers: And yet another image that purports...

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