In the final cut of The Moody Blues’ new release, Strange Times, they sing:
We, each of us are fineFor we have all heard the word,
But grouped togetherBabel’s triumph stampedes,
The thoughtless herd,
In their first...
Tonight I feel overwhelmed by what I have witnessed day after day through the constant stream of noise and words—hushed voices of refugees, the dazed recollections of children in the path of violence. And so I have turned off the...
Milton! thou shouldest be living at this hour:
England hath need of thee: she is a fen
Of stagnant waters: altar, sword, and pen,
Fireside, the heroic wealth of hall and bower,
Have forfeited their ancient English dower Of inward...
Today I attended the funeral of a friend from my Oxford University days. His life was cut short by a tragic accident abroad. He was in the prime of life, having achieved excellent results at Oxford, and after working for two years for a top...
Saying meaning in life is an illusion can partly relieve us of the anguish we sometimes feel in trying to make sense of life. But however you approach it, it is difficult to make a flight away from reality. Michael Ramsden addresses this.
The notable literary figure James Russell Lowell penned these memorable words:
Once to every man and nation,
Comes the moment to decide,
In the strife of truth with falsehood
For the good or evil side;
With each choice God speaking to...
I have often referenced the quote by the talk-show host Larry King, in his response to a particular question: "If you could select any one person across all of history to interview, who would it be?" Mr. King’s answer was that he would...
There's a divinity that shapes our ends, rough-hew them how we will," surmises Hamlet in the closing act of Shakespeare's tragedy. Ah, to turn a phrase like Shakespeare! But to be turned by Shakespeare ... to the gospel? One can only smile...
When my wife and I visited Kiev shortly after the breakup of the Soviet Union, we heard a standing joke bandied about concerning two of Russia's most prominent newspapers, Pravda and Izvestia. Pravda means "truth" and Izvestia means "news."
In April 1981 Daniel Yankelovich, a social analyst, wrote a very insightful article in Psychology Today. His principal thrust was to analyze how Americans were thinking about life and where we were headed should such ideas go uncriticized.
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