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December 17, 2017

Robert DeFilippis

Despicable Act in Chapel Hill: Victims Include the Shooter.

On some days, when I remind myself of the good things people do, I have faith in humanity. Lately, that faith has worn thin as I read about the horrors we visit upon each other: terrorists in Africa killing innocent people, murderous religious fanatics in the Mideast, 45,000 suicides in the U.S. attributed to unemployment,

Pope Does it Again: Teaches Christianity

This excerpt from an article by Maureen Mullarkey on thefederalist.com, a conservative commentary site, does a pretty concise job of summarizing the growing emotional agita being caused this pope’s interpretation of Christianity. “Under the tutelage of a pope who ascribes to himself an omnicompetency in geopolitical and scientific matters, the Catholic Church is at risk of

“Je suis Charlie”, Me Too!

“Je suis Charlie” French for “I am Charlie” is being claimed around the world. In case you’ve been vacationing on another planet, you’ll know that this phrase has developed in support of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical weekly newspaper featuring cartoons, reports, polemics, and jokes. It’s irreverent and stridently non-conformist, but in a free society

We’re as Sick as Our Secrets.

The saying goes, “you’re only as sick as your secrets.” I can’t think of a better introduction to my topic, our crazy U.S. culture. The secret? This by cultural historian Lewis Mumford, describes it best, “Wherever Western man went, slavery, land robbery, lawlessness, culture-wrecking, and the outright extermination of both wild beasts and tame men

Conscious Media and Consumption

Consultants, Sparks & Honey, who describe themselves as “trendwatchers and tacticians, strategists and savants, creatives and quants,” and GaiamTV, recently published a white paper titled, The Explosion of Conscious Media, that I found very interesting. So what is conscious media and what does is aspire to?  “It inspires or creates an awakening. It expands the

The 7 Lessons: Everything I Needed to Know, I Realized in My 70’s

Although Robert Fulghum learned everything he needed to know in Kindergarten, it took me into my 70’s. Okay so I’m a slow learner, but better late than never. So now at 73 years of age, I finally know some “stuff” worth knowing. Full disclosure, I don’t always apply the lessons I’ve learned. And some of

This Pope Has Exposed the Search for a Superior Moral Justification for Selfishness

Why are mega rich conservatives having such a hard time accepting this pope’s public displays of true Christianity? A caveat here: I’m not arguing that Christianity’s teachings are true. I’m claiming that the pope’s actions demonstrate a true representation of its teachings. John Kenneth Galbraith gave us a possible answer when he wrote, “The modern

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