December 13, 2019
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The Path of the Wandering Calf

Many years ago, when I was a college professor, I came across a poem by Sam Walter Foss (1858-1911) that revealed how easily we can fall into habits that keep us from thinking critically and creatively. I shared that poem with my students and...

Remembering Luis Machado

Luis Alberto Machado (1932-2016) was a lawyer who served in various governmental capacities in Venezuela. He is best remembered for his conviction that intelligence is not innate but instead acquired and thus can be taught. From...

When Feelings Take Control

I recently examined three false notions promoted by Carl Rogers (and Abraham Maslow) that are well on the way to destroying America. In this essay I will expand on one of them—the idea that feelings and emotions are a better guide than reason and...

Truth: Yours, Mine, and THE

For millennia, people naturally, almost instinctively, understood that truth is objective rather than subjective. In other words, truth is what is actually so about something as distinguished from what people guess, feel, think, or believe is so...

“Think Before You Speak”

This advice was common for centuries. Today it is considered passé because we have been taught that mental health depends on valuing feeling over thought and expressing whatever we feel freely and spontaneously. In practice, that means blurting out...

Cardinal Dolan’s Discernment Deficit

Cardinal Timothy Dolan is America’s “most important churchman,” according to Newsweek. The magazine based that assessment on his position as Archbishop of the largest city with the most influential media in the country, and on his one-time...

The Latest Schoolhouse Absurdity

I recently wrote, “Contemporary discussion of social issues is filled with overgeneralization, oversimplification, selective reporting of facts, and appeals to emotion,” all of which lead to ill-considered judgments. The solution, I suggested, is to...

Cardinal Dolan’s Unfortunate Lapse

Cardinal Dolan’s book, True Freedom, is available from Amazon. Actually, it’s not a book but an essay, followed by an excerpt from journalist John L. Allen Jr.’s book about the Cardinal, A People of Hope, together totaling 37 pages. The Allen...

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