Tag Archives: empathy

We Must Not Let This Become A Worst Case Scenario

Readers,

Though the predictive aspects of First Cause have been pointed out, and I am sadly not terribly surprised by anything that’s transpired in the past week, we must always remember that every day and every moment gives (many of us, surely most of the ones in a position to be reading this post) us a chance to slightly improve the human condition, even if only in our little sphere. Far too many people cannot say the above–far more than many of us would believe, or care to know–so history, and humanity, in a very real sense, hinges on the decisions of those of us in a position to create big or small changes in our small tidal pool of the human ocean. Continue reading

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We Are All The Same Species

Dear readers,

As terrible and jarring as the events at the Boston Marathon may have been, it is important to ponder one salient reality.

Unfortunately–and this must NOT be taken to diminish the seriousness or sadness of the attack–Monday’s event was far from unique. Things exactly like it happen all the time, practically every week somewhere in the world. This is all the more reason why the proper response is not to divide, but instead to unite. Not just as a country, but as a species. We have to figure out why our species can’t stop this kind of thing from happening, and the answer lies not with one country or demographic but at the heart of the salient elements of the human condition. Residents of other cities and countries, whose weddings and playgrounds and offices and nightclubs and buses have been bombed more times than they can count (including, yes, by our drones and missiles), have expressed sympathy and solidarity with those directly affected by the Boston Marathon incident; this is the path to our species’ salvation and progression, not calls to target any population or to turn someone’s country into a parking lot. Continue reading


In light of the tragedy in CT

In light of today’s CT shooting–and, really, countless things that happen every damn day all around the world–today’s quote of the day seemed like a good fit…

“it may be that—human beings are arriving at a point in their evolution where we’re beginning to understand the way we work to a point where we may be able to break into the cycle, you know, the cycle of—disconnectedness—that we pass on

from one generation to another…I have a feeling that we have it within our grasp to catch up with ourselves and to actually affect our evolution by using our brains, and our hearts, and our minds, and maybe that’s what religion is, and maybe that’s what art is—maybe that’s the point of it, you know, maybe that’s the point of this movie, maybe that’s the point of all art, or writing, or whatever—maybe it’s all part of the process of us—of human beings trying to evolve to the point where we can kind of get a grip on this stuff and say, we no longer to, you know, go and murder the chimpanzee next door…”
Roger Waters
Cover of First Cause: A Novel About Human Possibility

Cover of First Cause