Category: philosophy

  • We need to become civilized

    As Catholics, for that matter all Christians, we must realize abortion is not the cause but a symptom of much greater ills in our society and culture. If we want to reduce or even end abortion, we start with understanding the teachings of Jesus, the early followers in the first two centuries, (pre-empire church) we […]

  • Green Junction: Carbon footprints By Julie Peller Ph.D.

    Leaders from countries with the largest carbon footprints recently met to discuss last November’s climate goals in Glasgow. An overall conclusion was that the necessary actions to reduce carbon emissions and slow climate change are not being implemented fast enough.  As an example, the world used 9% more coal in 2021 than in 2020. While we look […]

  • Two Quotes from Thomas Merton: Do we understand violence?

    These two quotes from Thomas Merton are key to understanding and discovering the root cause of violence in our society. Violence is a symptom. A symptom generated by the root cause. If we only treat the symptom it will never end, we must as a society treat the root cause. Treating the root cause of […]

  • Green Junction: Masks are becoming vogue again By Julie Peller Ph.D.

    Health protection measures throughout the pandemic have involved an enormous amount of one-use plastics. These have included personal protective equipment (masks, gloves, gowns), take-home food packaging, test kits, syringes, wipes, and more, unfortunately intensifying the global plastic waste problem. Billions of disposable masks, mostly made of a plastic called polypropylene, have been used and thrown […]

  • Do you think you understand Techies?

    Ever scratched your head wondering what drives people like Gates, Ellison, Jobs, Dell, Zuckerberg, Yang, Dorsey, or hundreds of others who gave “birth” to the autonomous world of technology and wonder where they “fit” in the social-political world we live in? If so, you need to understand the origins of ‘Silicon Valley’ and the people […]

  • Easter and the East, They Get it!

    Indeed He is Risen!  In the East, you have Jesus holding the hand of Adam and Eve and leading them out of Hades. Keep in mind Hades is not Hell, as we think in the West it is just the place where the dead go.   In this painting of the resurrection, We see God’s outreach […]

  • “What does Love have to do with it?”

    Does evolution always win in The end? Is violence why empires grow and fall?  The evolution of the universe and the particular species on this plant adopt a change to survive. It is why viruses mutate. One of the differences in humans is humans are prone to addictions. And violence and violence against their own […]

  • Something To Think About during Holy Week

    The reason we study history is to understand patterns, history doesn’t repeat, but the designs replicate. Please think of the US in our current state of affairs. Do we have a big völkisch church brewing in the US? Maybe the völkisch church in the US will be multi-denominational? It is essential to study comparative religions […]

  • Technology is not the big bad wolf at the door of humanity

    The word’s etymology, Technology, leads back to the Greek ‘techne’, derived from technique and technics. Aristotle observed that “Every techne and every inquiry, and similarly every praxis and pursuit, is believed to aim at some good” ~ Think Eudaimonia technology is found in every societal revolution, agricultural, industrial, and now the autonomous process. Technology makes […]

  • Green Junction: Look around the house what do so many items have in common? By Julie Peller Ph.D.

    What do curtains, carpets, furniture fabrics, insulation, and certain plastics often have in common? Flame retardants; are chemical additives that have been incorporated into many common goods and often in response to state and federal flammability requirements. As the name implies, these chemical compounds are added to reduce the flammability of materials or slow the […]