Tag: Violence


Shining a Light on Being Too Tired to Care

Bombarded with news stories of gun violence, and racist and Islamophobic rhetoric from politicians, I’ve begun to notice a numbness overtaking me. It’s a natural response to move away from pain, as from a hot flame. But even when I turn off the radio, or avoid reading official news sources, the pain of the world trickles into my social media feeds. Ideally, I want this pain to move me to act for change, but have begun to feel overwhelmed, to shut down. According to Dr. Joan Cook at Yale University, those of......

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Yale, Evolution and Turkey Time: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (Nov. 9-13), we examined the tendency to increase our pace when slowing down may bring more contentment, the anticipation of joyful Thanksgiving gatherings, the surprising moments when violence seems natural and necessary, the trend among non-scientists to question evolution… and more. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Too Much, Too Fast: Why We Need to Pause in Life – Min Kantrowitz One day, I realized I’d never seen a semi-colon as part of a tweet, those compact......

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Is Violence Ever Okay?

Generally speaking, I abhor violence. I’d like to think that if I was an adult back in 1967, I would have joined the Flower Power movement and stuck flowers in the rifles of national guardsmen at the National Mall as a protest of war. For as long as I can remember, I have trusted the wisdom which teaches that one should not meet violence with violence. We should “turn the other cheek.” Nevertheless, a few weeks ago I found myself so taken with a story shared with me where unnecessary violence seemed......

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Breathing, Curiosity and Blame: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (Oct. 19-23), we examined why moments of boredom are profoundly beneficial, how blame can make serious crises all the more difficult to solve, what it takes to “go public” with your political beliefs, what secular students seek by formally studying religious traditions… and more. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   Beyond Bored: Entering the Soul of Creativity – Adam Lavitt Recently, I introduced meditation to my high school spirituality class. I joined them, closing my eyes, peeking......

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A Good Point About Shifting Blame

Over the past few weeks, Arab terrorists have launched a wave of bloody violence against Jewish Israelis unparalleled since the Second Intifada. Of course, this recent violence did not erupt devoid of context. Decades of moral failings on both sides of the conflict have indeed created fertile conditions for fear and anger to fester. At the same time, with a desire to demonstrate awareness of that context, and a well-meaning urge to express sensitivity to the concerns of all parties involved, it seems some have come to the conclusion that this murderous......

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Games, Talent and Lasting Love: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (July 27-31), we brought you a variety of issues and stories, including: a review of the card game Hanabi, a singer’s inspiring viral video, an essay about overreacting, an Auschwitz survivor’s love letters and an animal cruelty controversy. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   The All-American Sport of Being Offended – Skip Simonds A recent post on The Wisdom Daily started me thinking about the line between being personally offended about something (in this case, a bobblehead......

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The Selective Outrage Triggered by Cecil the Lion

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: The dentist from Minnesota who embarked on a high-priced hunt in Zimbabwe, and proudly lured a beloved lion away from protected land in order to kill him – in a time when lions are endangered – has provoked an angry response around the world. It’s a tragic crime, to be sure, but the apoplectic reaction is disturbing to see. Where are the vocal cries of grief about the hundreds of human lives lost to violence daily? “This is not terrorism… Raise a voice for......

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Hollywood Head-scratcher: Why Does Some Violence Get a Pass?

In just three minutes, the following viral video features every violent death that occurs in the original Star Wars trilogy – and it’s a huge number. Yet in all the debate about violent entertainment and the damage it does, or doesn’t do, I don’t think anyone ever beat up on George Lucas’ beloved Star Wars?franchise. That contradiction got me thinking. What are we really talking about when we talk about violence in media? Clearly, as the video tally demonstrates, the Star Wars movies are very violent. But it’s not so objectionable, at......

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Video: What to Do about Iraq?

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: There’s a recent and alarming rise of violence in Iraq by ISIS and other terrorist groups. Watch my video commentary for discussion of the issues surrounding this… Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for the better. Their stories explore a wise range of issues including peace, tolerance, social justice and the environment. Visit Odyssey Networks at www.odysseynetworks.org. To view more of Brad’s Faith on the Record discussions, please click here....

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'Friday Night Tykes': How Much Should We Push Our Children?

When the NFL says a broadcast about football is difficult to watch because it is too violent, you know there is a problem. This is what the league said about Esquire Network’s Friday Night Tykes, a reality series following several teams of 8-and 9-year-olds in the Texas Youth Football Association.? The trailer shows ranting coaches and obsessive parents, who are essentially fast-tracking kids to head trauma. I kept thinking: I guess in Texas, as long as you pray, you can play to kill. This network’s portrayal of young boys engaged in grueling......

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