I continue to marvel at the readiness of my mind about 4 AM virtually every morning to consider a broad array of fascinating topics. Recently it was to ponder what books would be written about the current election by future historians. Certainly within two years there will be a book to take advantage of a "hot market". But how different it will be 10, 20 or more important 50 years from now when others will have the opportunity to look back and objectively see what is gong on RIGHT NOW! And that is called history - a topic most often judged by school students as to be booooooooring. And what a shame, because if we don't learn from the mistakes of the past, then............an adage too often forgotten.,
And so a host of questions came to mind:
- In what way does religion impair peace?
- How do we invite hostility by acquiescing to hearing jokes at the expense of other faith groups?
- As a melting pot country, how can we be so audacious as to be defined by one religion?
- What are the factors that distort the quest for a religious/spiritual life.
- And a number of other related ones that came to me in attempting to answer the hundreds of questions I received from youth throughout the world on Reddit.
But this has gotten far too long for me to add my peace plan. I'll have to put that off until next week. I know, all the world is eagerly awaiting all I have to say, but time and strength has caught up with me. In the meantime I'll spend more time with the book I mentioned in my other blog, Corinna Nicolaou's A None's Story:Searching for Meaning Inside Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, & Islam. At Kramer's Book Store she wove an interesting tale of how she as one totally ignorant of any religious tradition spent four years trying to learn what religion was all about and if there was anything she was missing in life. While she told us how she was able to convince the "minds" at Columbia University Press to publish her book, she refused to tell us what she found out. I can't wait to see what she says.
How lucky I feel to have all these opportunities - I feel the need to share my good fortune with others,