I grew up happy, active in music and sports, and enjoying school. I loved to go camping and fishing in the mountains. A favorite memory is hiking seven miles into a wilderness area with my dad and sister and catching and releasing fish for hours. My greatest success as an athlete was winning the county JV wrestling tournament. Unfortunately, I was prevented from ever wrestling on varsity because the three guys at the weight classes I could have wrestled in came in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in state in their respective weight divisions. My bad luck to go to probably the only high school in world where I would have been shut out by three state contenders. In retrospect, I understand now that the reason I could not beat the guy above me was that he spent all his time in the weight room whereas I spent a lot of time with music and theatre. The lesson learned: We generalists don't always rise to the very top in an allstar culture, but in the end, we often live happier, more useful, wiser lives. The main things that bothered me as a child was fear of nuclear holochaust, prejudice against people who find it impossible to believe that God exists, and the lack of social justice. I studied Philosophy at Haverford College, took two years at Rutgers (Livingston College) for Pre-med, but then returned to Philosophy at the University of Chicogo. My primary interest was in Ethics, but I love all of philosophy. My goal was to either become a philosophy professor, or become a judge. Later I went to law school at Ohio State. Although I did not become a judge or philosophy professor, I have come close since I prepare legal decisions for a judge. As a Philsophy student, I became very intrigued by Plato's Allegory of the Cave. After one emerges from the cave, one is able to see by the light of the sun. Plato indicated that the sun represents The Good. Since the whole allegory was meant to be a metaphore for how we obtain knowledge, I wanted to understand why Plato thought The Good had such an important role in our knowledge of everything. I have gradually worked out more and more details of an answer to the question as to how The Good plays such an important role in the acquisition of knowledge. The Philosophers that I have found most helpful are Sartre, Kant, Descartes, Plato, and Habermas. As I have combined Philosophy and Law, I have also put a lot of thought into Philosophy of Law. I married my College sweetheart and, as older parents now in our fifties, we have two beautiful children. I put in a good many hours as homework helper. Here is a post I wrote about the kind of place where I would most like to live. I'd most like to live where you could count upon people to care for one another; where patience was the norm; where no one was excluded; where children would be provided the education they needed, at the pace they needed, and bond levies would not be defeated, where the sun shines warm, except when it is misty or drizzly, or when the rain pours in sheets and the thunder shakes your feets, or when the snow dazzles and sparkles under the street light; where the breeze blows just hard enough to make the aspen leaves shimmer; where fast food joints encourage me to be more vegitarian by serving great vegitarian meals; where retaliation is unheard of, where forgiveness is ready at hand; where the bible is one interesing thought filled book among many other human creations; where children are treasured and their future is protected; where people get to play baseball or soccer whenever they want even when they are over 20 (and those over 50, too); Where no school ever permits anyone to be cut from a team or not make the tryout; where people always have friendly philosophical discussions going on, where the tv teaches you interestinbg things every time you turn it on; where the beach is around the corner, and you can hike for miles through mountain wildernesses and stlll come upon beaver bonds and see the brook trout rising for flies; where you can still go to the stock car races to see 32 Fords racing on a 1/3 mile oval; where public transportation means I can read, write, or tallk with neighbors instead of drive; where my family is nearby; where people enjoy the kind of person I am, etc., etc., etc,.....
An idea worth spreading
The ground of reason,
Defines our one and only path
To wisdom, knowledge, truth, perpetual peace, and life.
The good is known provisionally, and only very partially,
Through all our careful applications of The Golden Rule
To our so very incomplete experience of being spirit.
But, this is our only knowledge of what is right,
And so this best but partial knowledge should
Determine what should count for now,
Both generally and in specific cases,
As reason or the methods of science
And of reason’s other progeny,
Or what a word should mean,
(Generally or in a context)
Like “justice”, “truth”,
“Equality”, or “know”
Or “I” or even “is”.
I'm passionate about
Social justice for all. Saving our planetary home, ourselves, and our civilization from the consequences of unsustainable living. Spreading the Gospel of the Golden Rule. Love of wisdom.
Talk to me about
Philosophy, Ethics, God, Law, Justice
People don't know I'm good at
I like to write philosophical poetry. (not necessariy good). Example: A
Bud will bloom
Again and again
In you, and in me.
I am responsible.
My TED story
I have read several Karen Armstrong books. The Great Transformation and also The Case for God are among my favorite books. I somehow came across her TED talk promoting the Charter for Compassion. From there, I noticed TED conversations. I enjoy the tone and quality of the discussions here.