Happy Groundhog Day

Happy Groundhog Day

In the film, Groundhog Day, the lead character, played with perfect disaffected snarkiness by Bill Murray, gets trapped living a single day over and over again. Every day is Groundhog Day; a cold, gray, mediocre one in Puxatawney, Pennsylvania. Each day, Murray steps...
The Heart, Ch’I, and Courage

The Heart, Ch’I, and Courage

The next quality that is central to the Mencian conception of heart is ch’i. (For those of you who are just joining this conversation, Mencius was a great Chinese Sage who lived and wrote 2300 years ago. Central to his philosophy was the notion of “heart.”...
The Wise Old Man at the End of the World

The Wise Old Man at the End of the World

Many years ago, when I was searching for the answer to life, I thought I’d find it by going to the end of the world. That was the instruction I found in all the stories. You climbed the mountain, found the guy with the long beard, and he’d give you the secret. You’d...
How Love Can Change the World

How Love Can Change the World

Martin Luther King said that, “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” When we hear the President saying things that betray some of our most deeply-held values it is virtually impossible to feel love for him or want to be his friend. It...