"A house divided against itself cannot stand."
So said Abraham Lincoln in an address he gave on June 16, 1858. Within a couple of years after he spoke those words, the American civil war began, creating a house divided that certainly did not stand.
In this day and age, 158 years after Lincoln's remarks, we again find ourselves a house divided. The level of partisan rancor is toxic, with citizens pitted against one … [Read more...]
Prologue: This post is not meant to be a purely political one, although I will be mentioning the political landscape and Donald Trump.
Instead, this post is meant to take the long view and look at the big picture. It is meant to map out what exactly is going on here, as to many people it feels unsettling and like pure chaos.
Furthermore, I am not a supporter of Donald Trump, but my intention in writing this post is not meant to … [Read more...]
With all the tumult going on in the U.S. and world right now, what we we can't lose sight of is the reality that what we all want, what truly unites us, is a world in which we all can thrive.
This is a world in which we can respect our differences and understand our common bonds. This is also a world in which we all work together, to help everyone do well.
In that regard, I will be going to the [Read more...]
"Please allow me to introduce myself
I'm a man of wealth and taste
I've been around for a long, long year
Stole many a man's soul to waste"
And so sang Mick Jagger in the Rolling Stones song "Sympathy for the Devil."
Many a person's soul has been laid to waste by the taste of money, power and/or fame. Sometimes it is obvious when a person has been seduced by these. But … [Read more...]
Here in the U.S., one of the stranger things in American history has occurred: the election of Donald Trump as the next President of the U.S.
I say strange on a number of accounts: because Trump is an odd and peculiar character, and because his election took a confluence of events to line up.
On one level, Trump is a bundle of contradictions: a billionaire born with a silver spoon in his mouth who appeals to populist values; a … [Read more...]
With the presidential election behind us, we as a people are at a precipice. The popular vote went one way and the electoral college another, and as a result Donald Trump will be the next president of the U.S.
People are hurting on both sides of the equation: those who voted for Trump feel the sting of an economy and world that is leaving them behind, and feel that they live in an America they no longer recognize. People who … [Read more...]
Here we are, Nov. 8, 2016 Election Day in the U.S. On this day, I have some thoughts:
As an Acupuncturist, I have come to understand that the way people achieve real health and make profound and positive changes in their own health and lives is by empowering themselves to take matters in their own hands. They don't just do what the doctors tell them, and just take medications or have procedures; they question if Western medicine is … [Read more...]