The following is from a section in my new book, titled Growing Up Together. I introduce readers to Joseph Ellin, my friend who was a philosopher. The quote is taken from Joe's book Morality and the Meaning of Life.
To have meaning in your life requires that you create a meaningful life for yourself through interesting activities; but this is evidently not enough. Unless some morality also enters your life--love, friendship,…Continue
(The following is an excerpt from my new book: Growing Up Together)
Dad taught me never to talk about religion, sex, or politics if you can help it. Of course, those are my favorite topics.
He went to an all boys school and was only taught by Jesuit priests. While he showed allegiance to the Pope, he was more influenced by the "Black Pope," the head of the Jesuit order. In college, he helped found a fraternity…Continue
I live on the intersection between Third Avenue, otherwise known as the Bowery, and E. 10th Street in New York City. I've lived here since 1978 but only learned recently that the Bowery is the oldest street in the city, dating back to the 17th century and before that it was a Native American trail.
Not to be outdone, Tenth Street for centuries was the link between the West side and the East side of the island. Today it's the only side street that goes all the way…Continue
Recent remarks by Tim Wise, a figure known nationally for his views on race, admonishing his audience to "listen" to people from other races is a bit discouraging given experience and the years that have gone by, but not since a president has been elected using racial baiting as a campaign tactic.
It appears we are back to square one and the prognosis is not good. How many outbreaks of racial violence will there be in the "Trump" era? We have no idea what his response will…Continue