Compassion Precedes Action

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We’ve all heard the stories: a homeless person finds help, abuses the system, and then goes back out onto the street. These kinds of stories can make us jaded toward those who struggle with poverty, homelessness, and drug addiction. But what if we are looking in the wrong place to “fix” the problem? What happens when we throw off our …

Modern-Day Hermits: The Global Threat of Social Withdrawal

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From a battery-operated fan attached to chopsticks to cool down noodles, to people who get paid to shove people onto the commuter train during rush hours, Japan has a reputation for strange things. Have you heard of the hikikomori? These are people who have withdrawn themselves from society in Japan. The problem is, this is not limited to Japan. More …

How Should Humans Live?: The Human Project Session Four

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What’s a good life? Everyone wants to live one but seldom do we come across those who have carefully thought through this question. How do the questions we’ve been covering so far in this series (What is human? What is the value of human life? What leads to human flourishing?) build up to the question of how we should live? …

What Leads to Human Flourishing?: The Human Project Session Three

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In history, we see peoples and governments trying to achieve utopia through social engineering projects. Some of these have resulted in crises that we hadn’t foreseen. What was meant to lead to human flourishing in fact created the opposite. What then does lead to human flourishing? How does the question of what is human and its value inform how we …

The Meaning of Life in 600 Words or Less

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A few years ago, my son drew an interesting picture. I had just come home from work, and I found one of his masterpieces taped to his bedroom door. On it were two large stick figures and two small ones. The two large stick figures were circled with a line through them. Now, I could have guessed at what the …