Tag: Syria


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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Teardrops, Civility and Hope: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (Sept. 14-18),?we wrote about men who avoid crying, refugees fleeing Syria in record numbers, employees bringing religious rules to work, Americans becoming uncivil with each other and more. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Why Don’t Men Cry More Often? – Brad Hirschfield Why do so many people in our culture still buy into the notion that “real men don’t cry”? In a recent piece on Aeon, writer Sandra Newman raises this question. And she suggests that......

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Syrian Refugees and the Need for Hope

During celebration of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, the Hebrew greeting L’Shanah Tovah means “for a good year.” But how can we possibly say it will be a good year with a straight face, when the U.N. predicts that the Syrian refugee crisis could escalate by year’s end to 4.27 million people fleeing Syria? After the body of a three-year-old boy, Aylan Kurdi, washed up on a Turkish beach, it seemed that the world finally woke up to the gravity of the humanitarian crisis. However, it would be wrong to chalk......

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The Wisdom Daily's Top Stories of the Week 9/16/13 - 9/20/13

In case you missed them earlier in the week, here are the top three stories from The Wisdom Daily for the week ending September 20, 2013. 1. Syria Action: Moral Progress? “There seem to be two different forces at play in global politics that are at odds with each other that at the same time reflect some sort of moral progress. On the one hand there is the President and those who supported punishing Syria for using chemical weapons for whom international agreed-upon norms of war, established very recently, need to be......

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Syria Action: Moral Progress?

Keeping track of the Syria crisis these past couple of weeks has one’s head spinning. In a span of days we have seen the following: The President unilaterally ordering the bombing of Syria for crossing the red line of using chemical weapons, The President delaying military action, ceding presidential power and seeking approval from Congress, The American people?- tired after the failures of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya?- decisively rejecting military involvement, The President on the brink of not getting approval from Congress, Secretary Kerry’s offhand remark about Syria getting rid of all......

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