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Knocked Unconscious, Part I

When things begin to get real, accurate diagnosis and a true acknowledgment of the situation are typically forthcoming… at least, earnestly desired. This is unswervingly true when one’s own self-interest is at stake. In a recent Wall Street Journal article entitled “What’s in Your Blind Spot”, one’s own financial future and legacy are at stake […]

Little Lies and Not-So-Little Lies (We Can’t Disguise)

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely hit an anthropological home run in the Wall Street Journal this past weekend with “Why We Lie,” a preview of his ridiculously well-titled upcoming book, The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone—Especially Ourselves. (You can watch the Predicatably Irrational author’s wonderful TED talk here). What Ariely and his […]

We (Don’t) Need To Talk About Pierre: The Benefits of French Parenting?

Judging from the amount of forwards to my inbox, Pamela Druckerman’s “Why French Parents Are Superior” has some relevant things to say. The article is another in a line of Wall Street Journal humdingers about parenting, and also the first time I’ve come across the brilliant new term, ‘kindergarchy.’ The gist of Druckerman’s argument is […]

And a Depressive Shall Lead Them: Famous Statesmen and the Inverse Law of Sanity

A worthy article in The Wall Street Journal by Nassir Ghaemi entitled “Depression in Command,” exploring the mental-health proclivities of great world leaders. Essentially, many of the men who’ve proven particularly adept at leading in/through times of crisis suffered from depression. The two main case studies he cites are Winston Churchill and Abraham Lincoln. Like […]

"Cathedral" Part One: An Alien Logic (Or "He Was No One I Knew")

For anybody who hasn’t read it, “Cathedral” (1982) is probably Raymond Carver’s most famous short story, and provides an endearing picture of what could be called a modern-day, suburban visitation from the upside-down world of grace. It begins, though, through the narrator’s lovable perspective, with the blatant understandability of such a thing to feel, well, […]

Man-Children and the Women That (Don’t) Love Them

When did The Wall Street Journal become the go-to place for provocative social commentary? An editorial by Kay Hymowitz entitled “Where Have All The Good Men Gone?” has been raising plenty of eyebrows this past week, doubling as a gender specific follow-up to this past summer’s landmark NY Times article about “The Age 30 Deadline” […]

Casuistry, Business trips, Rationalization, and other Barriers to the Gospel

A recent article from the WSJ described how Resorts and Hotels are dropping the word ‘resort’ from their names in order to attract business. As tolerance for corporate excess becomes less fashionable, companies want to ‘appear’ to be scaling back on business trips and conferences. This does not mean anything about the hotel or the […]

Joel Osteen: Great Smile, Crushing Theology

Pastor Joel Osteen is, in the words of (fake) fashion icon Mugatu (played by Will Ferrell in Zoolander), “so hot right now.” The 46-year-old pastor heads America’s largest church, the Houston-based Lakewood Church, with 43,000 people in attendance per week. His 2004 book, Your Best Life Now, was a New York Times bestseller, as was […]

Second Hand News

Some recent cyber-items of note from around the World-Wide-Web. An interesting article in First Things called Proclaiming the Good News, that talks about the descriptive/proscriptive hermeneutic from a Catholic perspective–this will probably fuel the urge in many to “swim the Tiber.” A discussion between Italian Philosopher Paolo Flores d’Arcais and Jürgen Habermas on the question […]

America Becoming Less Christian, Less Religious

From a CNN article this morning: ‘Seventy-five percent of Americans call themselves Christian, according to the American Religious Identification Survey from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. In 1990, the figure was 86 percent. William Donohue, president of the Catholic League said he thinks a radical shift towards individualism over the last quarter-century has a lot […]

The Curse In All Its Beauty!

Today, I received this video and I think it is beautiful. However, at the same time I can’t help but think of the curse: “The Lord God said to the serpent, Because you have done this cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field on your belly shall you go […]

The Bond Market talks Original Sin

The short story here is that developing counties are no longer able to issue debt in their own currency, but have to issue in dollars. When a developing country issues debt in dollars, they can no longer print their own currency to pay off the debt, but they need to redeem it with dollars. Issuing […]