We Need Art To Inspire Us for Normal Days

Why do most of us only turn to inspirational art on exceptional days? There are few human beings who aren’t be lifted up by a beautiful, swelling piece of orchestral music. Even non-religious people can appreciate the poetry of the Hebrew Psalms. And if you meet someone…

Would Immortality Be a Good Thing?

Is a 500-year lifespan goal likely to happen in our lifetime? Many of the most optimistic techno-futurists think so, with some even musing that we will eventually achieve immortality – the end of involuntary death. Of course, while most people are asking…

How Nerds Won the Culture

There’s a common trope that the popular kids in school will end up working for the nerds a few years after graduation. That may be true enough. But I think in the last 10 years, the nerds have won in…

The Only Way to Delight People

As Shakespeare says, “Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more.” Most of us poor players play our parts and live our lives by a script. The…

The 80/20 Rule of Gift-Giving

Millennials are kind of bad about thoughtful traditions. I include myself in that number. We* don’t send thank-you notes. We don’t send sympathy notes. We don’t typically send gifts. Flowers are rare enough. I don’t think our hearts are entirely…

Love Is Powerless

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” – 1 John 4:18 Plenty of human relationships are about power. Usually…