The hobgoblin of little minds

“The other terror that scares us from self-trust is consistency; a reverence for our past act or word, becuase the eyes of others have no other data for computing our orbit than our past acts,…

Stuck in Congo

In Congo you get stuck, sooner or later. Stuck at the border trying to get in. Stuck on the side of a dusty, jagged road with a flat tire. Stuck surrounded by three middle-aged men…

Leaping the True Poverty Line

I wrote a post for the Ember Arts blog about how upping the earning potential of our partners Uganda can radically improve opportunities, especially from generation to generation. Check out the excerpt below, and read…

Commencement Speech, 2011 — What are you for?

I love commencement speeches, so I’m going to write one every year. Here’s my first. (See below for links to some of my favorites.) image from basheertome on flickr, used under Creative Commons license To the graduating class…

The Distant Protest

Many of my friends want to end wars. But not wars that involve the US military, and not wars that threaten their own security. They want to end wars in Uganda and Congo, in Burma…

Dream Good Dreams

photo from kean kelly If the world could be different in one way because you lived, how would it be different? I’ve asked a lot of people this question lately, for two reasons. First, I…

Copying Errors and Consciousness

photo by alicepopkorn It’s an almost unbearable irony that life – our most beloved property of the physical universe – came about largely through copying errors. The evolution of new species owes much of its…

The tiny kernel of humanity

By Vassily Grossman, as quoted in Chris Hedges’ “Empire of Illusion“: I have seen that it is not man who is impotent in the struggle against evil, but the power of evil that is impotent…