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Ostrich goes on three-hour rampage

According to this Reuters report, "A runaway ostrich that eluded police caused severe damage when it attacked a Mercedes car during a three-hour rampage." The article goes on to offer an almost fawning appreciation of the speed and power of a full-grown ostrich: "The ostrich is the largest of birds and can weigh at least 400 pounds (182 kilograms). It is also the fastest creature on two legs and can run up to 43 mph (70 km/h)."

Marshall McLuhan and Tribalism

Marshall McLuhan wrote prophetically about the increasing tribalism of the global village as electronic media reduced or even erased the distances of time and space between individuals and social groupings. These distances are inevitably replaced by hardening cultural and mythical boundaries that leaders must sometimes try to cross to ensure long term survival or to connect people with God's salvific grace.

Marshall McLuhan and Tribalism

In Understanding Media, McLuhan commented, "...since the inception of the telegraph and radio, the globe has contracted, spatially, into a single large village. Tribalism is our only resource since the electro-magnetic discovery. Moving from print to electronic media we have given up an eye for an ear." The idea, I believe, is that the immediacy of electronic media tends to collapse our distances in time and space, thrusting us ever closer together, much as a large family in a small apartment.

Psycho-Social Issues

This page is dedicated to issues of psychology and sociology insofar as they help define the context of spiritual growth.

Albertus Magnus

Albertus Magnus (or, Albert the Great) a saint and doctor of the Catholic, or Universal, Church, was instrumental in the development of the theory of universals. Built upon Plato's theory of ideals, the theory of universals held that there are ideal ideas of things, and that these ideal ideas are in the mind of God. This theory formalizes a fundamental ground of Aristotle's logic, formalizes it and gives it a theological underpinning. This theory contrasts with its opposite, which philosophers call nominalism.


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