THE WALL WITH MEXICO: FEAR AND LOATHING

Human beings have always built border walls to repel unwelcome “others” from their domains, with the clear message “We don’t want you here!” Remnants exist of ancient fortifications like The Great Wall of China and Roman Empire walls, destroyed ramparts like the Berlin Wall, and many others. More tellingly are contemporary “active” walls separating people throughout […]

TRUE BELIEVERS…and DONALD TRUMP

        If someone calls you a “True Believer,” are you pleased or insulted? This term, which can be used to compliment or criticize, refers to a person who feels passionately dedicated to the absolute truth of his/her beliefs. True Believers (TB’s) can harbor strong beliefs in extreme ideologies (“-isms”) in politics (Communism, Fascism), fundamentalist […]

A Need for Our Traditions: Always a Comfort, Occasionally a Salve, Sometimes a Lifeline

We all need our traditions. When the song ”Tradition” is sung by “Tevya,” the beloved and beleaguered milkman hero of “Fiddler on the Roof,” he brings the house down. The stirring musical has been performed in different languages and cultures, yet all audiences recognize themselves in the evocative music and lyrics. In “Tradition,” Tevya plaintively […]

THE PERSONA OF DONALD J. TRUMP

Just who is Donald J. Trump? What kind of person is our President? As an informed citizen, an experienced social observer and writer, I’m going to try to capture Mr. Trump’s persona. Although I am a “card-carrying” psychiatrist, I will not use psychiatric terminology or offer a diagnosis. Nor will I comment here on his policies and politics. I will […]

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(Dear Reader, Please recite this blog-poem, using a “hip-hop” beat).       While walking this morning, on a secluded beach, I experienced a sense of profound internal peace. I drifted into a reverie, a strangely moving dream That I lived in an ideal world, where all was serene… There was not a mention of Syria, or incipient […]

“Post-Truths” Trump Facts, Affect Trumps Reason

         Post-truths trump Facts: Truth: “The presidential election is over and Donald Trump is the President-Elect.”         Post-Truth: “President Obama was born in Kenya.” The Oxford English Dictionary named its new word of the year 2016 as “post-truth,” meaning that our strongest political feelings can overwhelm and dictate our rational thinking, irrespective […]

BELIEVING: one of the Four B’s (Being, Belonging, Benevolence)

The word “Believing” is used here as one singular cornerstone of the “Four B’s,” the criteria people use when they evaluate their lives. The other crucial B’s are, “Being,” “Belonging” and “Benevolence.” When all four are achieved, they culminate in an evolved human being. I recently wrote about Being and Belonging, and readers have asked for […]

A Sense of Being, In An Evolved Life

A sense of “Being” is one important criterion we use when evaluating whether we have lived evolved lives. We assess whether our lives that have been meaningful and fulfilling by examining the “Four B’s,” which include “Being,” (personal) “Belonging” (social), “Believing” (values) and “Benevolence” (altruism).     “Belonging” was the subject of my last column, […]

BELONGING and LONELINESS: The Boon and Bane of Life

BELONGING and LONELINESS Those of you familiar with my writings know that I consider  “Belonging” to be one of “The Four B’s,” the cornerstones of how we evaluate our worthiness. The others in this ‘quartet of life quality’ are Being, Believing and Benevolence. Individuals with a sense of Belonging have meaningful relationships with others who  like and appreciate […]