Thank you

Portland, Oregon

Rest in peace Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche and Rick Best. They gave their lives in the noblest of ways– to protect innocent people against hatred and intolerance on a commuter train. My sincere condolences to their families and friends.

Get well soon Micah Fletcher! You put your life on the line for right and good.

We must all oppose hate and intolerance in our communities. There is no such thing as being neutral in the face of such immorality.

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Diplomacy and Empathy

A good diplomat will always try to put himself in the position of the person with whom he is negotiating, to understand his objectives and needs, and try to imagine what he would wish, do, and say, under those circumstances.

— Satow’s Diplomatic Practice

God’s Justice

God is just; of this I am sure, it is a consequence of his goodness; man’s injustice is not God’s work, but his own; that moral injustice which seems to the philosophers a presumption against Providence, is to me a proof of its existence. But man’s justice consists in giving to each his due; God’s justice consists in demanding from each of us an account of that which he has given us.

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile

Perspective

One of the main purposes of university education is to escape from the Zeitgeist, from the mean, narrow, provincial spirit which is constantly assuring us that we are at the peak of human achievement, that we stand on the edge of unprecedented prosperity or unparalleled catastrophe…It is a liberation of the spirit to acquire perspective…to learn that the same moral predicaments and the same ideas have been explored before.

— Martin Wight