Tag: Culture

Stranger Danger, Cultural Context and a Sniper Saga: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (February 16-20), we looked at an American hero’s morally ambiguous story, the debate about disarming Iran, and what happened when witnesses ignored a train-station tragedy. Many thanks to guest writer Ruth Abusch-Magder, whose post placed recent French antisemitism into historical context. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Netanyahu, Congress and the Importance of Fierce Debate – Irwin Kula Despite all the controversy surrounding House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress about......

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How Terrifying Crimes of Hatred Shape Our Culture

They did not know it was a Jewish cemetery. They did not intend it to be an act of Antisemitism. So explained five boys in France after they turned themselves into the police. The teens had vandalized the cemetery, upending hundreds of tombstones and spray-painting swastikas. Let us suppose it is possible that their naivet? is genuine. If what they say is true, then without specific malice towards Jews, these five, aged 15-16, chose a random symbol which just turned out to be a sign of Aryan power and hatred towards Jews.......

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The Future Starts Here

We all know and feel that science and technology are transforming how we work, love, and play. Our lives are being affected inside and out: how our brain works, how we communicate, connect and create, how we parent and politic, how we learn and heal and die, our lifestyle and culture. There are techno-utopians who think this is the be-all end-all and techno-dystopians who think this is simply the end. And then there are the wise explorers and explicators of the present who encourage us to think hopefully and responsibly about where......

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