Tag: Terrorism


Religion in 2015: Three Big Stories

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: Everyone’s been looking back at the “biggest” news headlines of 2015, but let’s reflect for a moment on how religion played a role in world events this year. For me, three stories come to mind: a) ISIS and radical Islamic terrorists, b) the influential Pope Francis and c) the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision. Together, all three topics inspire me to consider a larger question, “How will we work out the balance between faith and freedom?” Watch my video for more insight and......

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Planning, Improvising and Grieving: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (Nov. 16-20), we?took a closer look at the Starbucks cup controversy, the American public’s selective grief after shocking violence in Paris, the choice to make New Year’s resolutions early, how dance can teach us about relationships and more. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   The Starbucks Cup: It’s About Conversation – Michael Bernstein To paraphrase a famous statement, nonsense is nonsense, but the reaction to nonsense is worth looking at. What was at the bottom of the......

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Why Lean on Holocaust Analogies?

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: After the shocking crimes of terrorism committed in Paris last week, a leading U.S. presidential candidate recently suggested the reprehensible idea that all Muslims in America should wear I.D. bracelets. Of course, we should reject such a proposal. But on the other hand, is it wise to cite the mistakes America made with Jewish refugees fleeing Nazis as a basis for our present-day policy decisions? “The two situations are not analogous. easy comparisons…simply break down.” Watch my video for more insight and discussion.......

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Solidarity, Rivalry and More: Must-Read Links

Every week on The Wisdom Daily, we bring you our favorite reads from sources around the web. Topics on this week’s list include extending solidarity and compassion beyond the victims of terrorism in France, elevating with collaboration, rivalry driving motivation, the power of humility and more. Whatever’s transpiring in your life, may you find the words of wisdom you need.   1. Solidarity for all victims “Westerners are finally being given just a small taste of the constant fear that people from other nations have endured for generations. So solidarity with, and......

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Heroes, Leaders and an Ice Rink: Our Week in Wisdom

On?The Wisdom Daily this week (August 24-28), we reflected on the heroic actions of train passengers in Europe, the inspiring dignity of President Carter as he faces terminal illness, the value of making peace with the religious traditions of your past, what it means to go through life being hyper-vigilant about injustice and more. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Oliver Sacks Gets Personal – Brad Hirschfield When world famous neurologist Oliver Sacks writes – as he did recently about family, faith and......

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Heroics on a Train Yield Lessons in Courage

What’s your definition of a hero? Of course, there are lots of ways to describe heroes and acts of heroism, but today, three names really stand out: Stone, Sadler and Skarlatos. Like so many others, I watched the recent media reports as Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos described taking down a heavily armed gunman with help from other passengers (Chris Norman of the U.K. and Mark Moogalian of France) aboard a train full of people headed from Amsterdam to Paris. All three young Americans were remarkably modest and unassuming in......

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Love, Money and God: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (August 10 – 14), we discussed how a pop star’s thoughts on love sparked wisdom on why love should change us, the fallout from the $70,000 minimum wage mandate employed by one CEO, the emerging reports about ISIS and more. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   A Reflection on Unconditional Love Inspired by Taylor Swift – Irwin Kula Taylor?Swift was quoted in the September issue of Vanity Fair about the one thing she demands in a mate.......

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South Carolina's Race to Erase the Past

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: In Biblical times, the ritual of scapegoating involved sending a symbol of sin over a cliff, to help the community heal. But as I wrote about last year on The Wisdom Daily, the process requires looking inward before casting blame. Today, those in the South rushing to ban Confederate flag symbology from public grounds may be seeking “an easy answer on something that is far more complicated.” Watch my video (originally recorded June 26, 2015) for more insight and discussion.     Odyssey Networks......

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In Charleston, Nine 'Worlds' Ended

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: When is the time to ask the questions I have about Charleston? Such as: “Why is it when a Black person commits murder we talk about them as thugs when a Muslim commits murder we call it terrorism when a White guy does something like this, we immediately start talking about mental illness?” Today, if we are truly one human family, we can certainly agree on one indisputable fact – each of the good people slain this week in church was a......

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Will the U.S. Be Smart About Smartphone Privacy?

As U.S. government officials consider how to meet law enforcement’s need for access to data – now increasingly encrypted on personal tech devices – Google, Apple and 140 other technology firms are pushing back. In an appeal to the Obama administration, they argue that “strong encryption is the cornerstone of the modern information economy’s security.” Still, we shouldn’t forget: The cellphone is one of the single most important tools in 21st-century terrorism. Privacy is a priority for Americans, but what about public safety? Is the tech industry’s position a responsible one? “They......

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