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Do you care enough to love where others will not?

How do we compensate for the irresponsible? The law says let them have their way to avoid public inconvenience. The saints have a different way. According to a reflection on the life of Mother Teresa at CatholicCulture.org, entitled "Adoption Is 'A Concrete Way of Love'" the answer is to become super responsible: pick up the precious burdens that others drop and care for them.

Modern Science and Universalism vs. Nominalism

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The nature of the debate between universalists and nominalists, particularly as it applies to the viability of natural law theory as a foundation for ethics, is radically different today, due to our much greater understanding of human biology. I examine this issue in some detail in a brief article, Modern Science in This Debate, posted on this blog. The discussion tends to be a bit technical, but I welcome your thoughts.

If all else fails, try honesty...

This post on Slate concerns Senator McCain offering advice to President Bush about managing the spin on Iraq. He tells him, "Try candor." The article in Slate goes on to show how McCain uses this as a major strategy to deal with the press. According to the article, his strategy has worked quite effectively.

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

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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.

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