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Humanity’s Withering Soul: A Call to Action

When we think about threats to the continued survival of humanity, causes like nuclear war, environmental degradation, or an AI gone berserk come to mind.  But inadequate attention is given to a more insidious threat to mankind, and that is the deterioration of what I...

Some Brief Thoughts on What Makes for “Good” Sex

There is no shortage of experts offering advice on how to have good sex.  Although I don’t think of myself as an expert on sex, I do have some experience with it and thought that I would add my voice to the conversation about it by adding a few unconventional...

Love Takes Courage. So Be Brave, My Love!

I am surprised from time to time how many people I encounter who are not in a romantic relationship.  I am not talking just about marriage, but rather am referring to a romantic relationship of any sort.  (The Pew Research Center reports that some 31% of American...

Getting Even: The Refuge of a Small Mind

On Vindictiveness, Vengeance, and Other Acts of Retribution Vindictiveness is the quality of seeking to do harm to another in return for an injury or perceived injury they have done to you. (In this essay, the terms “vindictiveness,” “revenge,” “vengefulness,” and...

The Quakers: They’re About More Than Just Oatmeal

Recently, I started attending Quaker Meetings in New York.  (The formal name given to Quakers is “The Religious Society of Friends,” and they refer to each other as “Friends.”)  I had long been interested in Quakerism; the value it places on authenticity,...

Love as Liberation

The subject of love has been written on more than any other human emotion.  Books, poems, songs, plays, and films accord paeans to its sublime nature, its transformative qualities, its power to both lift us up and to cause us pain when it is lost.  And it is complex,...