Thursday was a tipping point. It felt that way when I woke that morning. United States President Donald Trump spoke to the US on Wednesday from the Oval Office to explain the US government’s efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic. On the list of measures was a ban on travelers from Europe’s Schengen Area.
It's not enough to know that "fake news" exists; we need to be humble enough to acknowledge that we are susceptible to it, and to blame for it.
Around the world, millions of people marched, in part to demonstrate against the Trump administration, but mostly, and more profoundly, to proclaim solidarity with one another. It was a remarkable moment.
I don't do New Year's resolutions. I'm a big believer in personal change, I just don't put any stock in arbitrary time markers. We don't change because the calendar turns; we change because we make a choice to do so.
Fear is a natural reaction to the unknown. Terror is the most basic response to what is going on the world, but compassion should be as well. Empathy and a desire to understand, these should be just as powerful emotions within all of us or our world will continue to deteriorate. We can't keep pretending that just because something happens on the other side of an imaginary line that we won't be impacted.
The world is not a bad place. It is not a perfect place, either, but Utopia is a fool's dream and justifying evil in its absence is, itself, an act of evil.
Social networking is a miracle of technology, a tool of unprecedented global reach. Its power to connect is truly a wonder. Which is why it's so disheartening to see it used too frequently for the spread of misinformation and lies. Some of it is innocuous or so blatantly false that it barely warrants comment. But … Continue reading Sandy Hook Conspiracies and the Need for Order
"God Particle is Found" This is pretty exciting news if a) You're a science geek or b) You're an intelligent adult whose interest in reality doesn't end at the Jersey Shore. So, there, I just made it easy for half (more?) of you to skip past this post. Now, isn't this a more intimate affair? … Continue reading The God Particle