Teeth kicked in.
“Why do reason, logic and truth seem to play a sharply diminished role in the way America now makes important decisions?” Al Gore poses this central question in his new book Assault on Reason, released this week. “Faith in the power of reason – the belief that free citizens can govern themselves wisely and fairly – this premise is now under assault,” writes Gore. Agreed. Yet reason is being battered only because it’s been stripped of its bodyguard. The Constitutional Convention, which convened in Philadelphia 220 years ago on this day, warned against this happening. They knew that reason requires a bulked up bodyguard or its teeth get kicked in.
Post-it Notes don’t work as well as we imagine. They cannot inventory information. They cannot retrieve reminders at the right time (ever noticed how blizzards of Post-it Notes are safely ignored?). Post-it Notes lack any central processing unit (CPU).
In 2005, Emily Brooker was hauled before a Missouri State University faculty panel on a charge of discriminating against homosexuals.1 An evangelical Christian, Brooker refused to sign a letter that one of her professors required, urging state legislators to support adoptions by same-sex couples. This incident reflects a burgeoning bias against evangelicals at public universities. Yet the culprit is not necessarily a vast left wing conspiracy. It might be that evangelicals are also contributing to the prejudice.
Take and eat.
Kissing ought to be more than swapping spit and sex more than exchanging bodily fluids. Similarly, food and eating ought to be about more than stuffing our faces. Like what? According to the Judeo-Christian faith, the phrase take and eat provides a hint. It describes food and eating as pointing toward something. They are one of many “signals of transcendence” – human experiences that are universal and instinctive, yet require answers that lie beyond themselves.1 Food and eating as a pointer? Yeah, right.