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Adults who want their crayons back

  “We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them”. -Einstein I firmly believe that all humans are creative, but some societies value that quality more than others. In Ireland poets held a high place of honor and most monarchies employed court jesters until fairly recently. In America artists and poets starve, while … Continue reading

25% of world is “anti-Semitic,” 0% of Zionists ask “why?”

I have only one dog in this fight; I personally only know two Jews well and I like them both. I am not anti-Jew; I am anti-Liar. The anti-Defamation League conducted a worldwide survey and concluded that “More than one-in-four adults, 26 percent of those surveyed, are deeply infected with anti-Semitic attitudes.” Hmm, what is … Continue reading

The Patriot, the Artist and the Fool

As an artist and a fool, I am delighted to report that from the reign of the pharaohs through the reign of Oliver Cromwell, fools, or jesters, were gainfully employed by the king- to help keep him straight on the theory that the ability to laugh at oneself is a sign of mental health. Would … Continue reading

The Prophet, the Artist and the Fall of a Nation

As a Polish mystic and artist who can’t seem to ignore politics, I find the story of Jan Matejko and his painting “Skarga’s Sermon” both fascinating and timely. Matejko paid his dues as a starving artist for a long time, then won at a big art show for his historical painting “Skarga’s Sermon.” Skarga was … Continue reading

What do you do when you don’t know what to do?

I wonder what you do when you don’t know what to do, when you feel like getting on your horse and riding off in all directions at once? Some people just do what they have always done: “I always take the right-hand road, it’s “right!” Some people stop and think, weighing their options before choosing … Continue reading

Humans: what we all have in common

Anthropologist Donald Brown wrote Human Universals, about the things all humans share, across different times and cultures. This brought down a mini schmidt-storm on his head from the anthropological community, which preferred cultural relativism, but cheers from the psychological community, which assumes all humans think pretty much alike. But why should humans sharing many innate … Continue reading

Left/Right, With us/Against us, Globalism/Nationalism: Why only two choices?

When any argument rages for decades, it’s because both sides have some truth and neither has it all. “You’re either for us or for the terrorists,” George Bush said. “Pick one.” “It’s either the nation or the workers of the world,” the communists said, “Pick one.” “It’s either science or religion,” say many today, “Pick … Continue reading

When Communism Works Well

“From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” Sounds fair. I mean, what’s wrong with that? You may recognize that it is Karl Marx’s slogan, and therefore it must be bad, but think: Karl Marx probably said “The baby needs a clean diaper,” at some point in his life and that … Continue reading

Question Everything-including sacred dogma of evolution

A) Through many small changes, living thing change over time in response to their environment. That’s a pretty good theory; in fact, it comes close to being self-evident. How do you leap from that to “There is no God and all that matters is matter?” Those are two statements that are completely outside the realm … Continue reading

Empathy: I feel you, my friend.

Admit it: If we demonstrated empathy for each other, it would be the end of war and injustice. Scientists say we are born with empathy, so what is wrong? If you have empathy (basically, I  feel you) you cannot imagine any human being who has none. Yet scientists tell us that four percent of the … Continue reading