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This category is for posts that raise or discuss issues related to spiritual development or its study.

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

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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