Entries by Stephen Victor

Leveraging Decency

I grew up in America’s mid-west: Mom from Brooklyn. Dad, rural Iowa. Dad never distanced himself from depression era losses. We all enjoyed THAT world. Mom struggled to imbue a fundamentalist Christian bent. WHEW! If that’s not a small box to add to impoverished thought… myopia and degrees of difficulty notwithstanding, the reconciling of a […]

Choosing: Making Decisions—and Un-Choosing

“Whatever you do in life will be insignificant but it’s very important that you do it.” —Mahatma Gandhi There can be madness in our lives if we allow it. Now—today—locally and globally—there are myriad circumstances that don’t jibe well with our lives. Or so we are wont to assert, but this is for another time. […]

Three Ethics to Change the World

1) Do no unnecessary harm. 2) Do not presume. 3) Do not compare experience. The world doesn’t need changing. We do. Read on and live the three ethics and be changed. Do no unnecessary harm We can’t live without harming someone or something. Though we can completely avoid doing unnecessary harm. This requires that we […]

Self First, Unselfishly: A Study in Grace

Tree of Life — Gustav Klimt   “Poems are rough notations for the music we are.” — Rumi (Coleman Barks translation)   Rumi’s acumen in perceiving people as music is not such a stretch given that science describes reality   in terms of frequencies—waves of matt er, sound, light, electromagnetism and so on. So our […]

Grace Report

Mahatma Gandhi: “Whatever you do in life will be insignificant but it’s very important that you do it.” A year ago this month my elderly father took his life ostensibly without letting others know what’s up. Yet, the morning my brother told me, I realized that my dad had been telling me as much for the […]

Patriarchy: I Wonder…

Patriarchy: I Wonder “Whether all is really lost or not depends entirely on whether or not I am lost.”  — Vaclav Havel I wonder: Is the USA’s president hell-bent on acting out racist, sexist, homophobic, misogynistic, elitist and supremacy beliefs? Is there an intent and design to his pattern of derision, divisiveness and exclusionary rhetoric? Do […]