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Last night I watched the movie "The American President" starring Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen and Michael J. Fox. The casting, the writing, and the chemistry are all near perfect but what stood out this time (my third time seeing it) was how the issues struggled with seemed so contemporary for a movie made in 1995: Global Warming, Gun Control, Libya, Political Posturing, and Leadership.
Finally, the :President (Michael Douglas) gets it. He was elected to lead…Continue
Posted on January 6, 2013 at 1:23pm
Assumptions rule our actions and relationships.
If we assume that Human Nature is driven by self-interest, Mother Nature is an endless storehouse of treasures and a dumping ground for our waste, and that success is measured by GNP (Gross National Product) we get one set of actions.
If we assume that Human Nature is prone to cooperation in cohesive community, Mother Nature is a benevolent lover, and that success is measured by GNH (Gross National Happiness) we get another set…Continue
Posted on December 31, 2012 at 5:23pm
Yes, gun regulations and better mental health services may help. Even so, I think the issue goes deeper. We have a culture that nurtures violence through win-lose competition and exploitation. Many are thereby pushed to the margins, isolated, and ignored; a perfect recipe for resentment and discontent. I fear we will rush in to treat the symptoms and overlook the root causes of violence.
Posted on December 18, 2012 at 11:34pm — 1 Comment