God and Wonder

God and Wonder

If someone were to ask me why I believe in God, then, I could legitimately and confidently tell them that it is because I wonder when I look into the unknown of the cosmos, and I don’t know of any reasons they could provide me with that could override this wondrous confidence, so long as I have done my due diligence in understanding contemporary physics. I sense something majestic in the mysterious, and that is enough. Continue reading God and Wonder

A Brief Account of Honor

A Brief Account of Honor

In the United States, mere birth is a sufficient condition for citizenship, and there is certainly no requirement that politicians prove a sense of honor before being elected into power. I worry about this, though, because it is precisely when someone has no honor the governed have no assurances that they won’t use their power to trade our ends, for possession of their own mere means. Continue reading A Brief Account of Honor

The Common Sense and the Road to Tyranny

The Common Sense and the Road to Tyranny

Once he took the photograph, Malcolm W. Browne rushed to get the image to the Associated Press. When it arrived 15 hours later, it was broadcast to the world. The reaction to the photo was dramatic, with U.S President John F. Kennedy later saying, “no news picture in history has generated so much emotion as that one.” Humanity, having a common sense of what is unjust, tragic, heroic, terrifying, and angering, felt the same reactive attitudes of indignation, profound sadness, compassion, horror, and rage, toward the same respective objects — the oppression in Vietnam, the cause of the monks, and Thích himself. Continue reading The Common Sense and the Road to Tyranny