Category Archives: Commentary

The prison of self . . .

“O My servant! Free thyself from the fetters of this world and loose thy soul from the prison of self. Seize thy chance, for it will come to thee no more!”

This is but one of many thought-provoking passages gleaned from “Counsels of Perfection,” a priceless guide to mature living. “For if one is imbued with all good qualities, but be selfish, all the others will fade or pass away.” But the human ego is so subtle that often we do not recognize that certain acts are expressions of self-love. Some of the innumerable attitudes through which egotism is freely expressed include… Continue reading The prison of self . . .

Donald Trump: The Manchurian Candidate? Is Donald Trump Putin’s Manchurian Candidate?

The Manchurian Candidate is a 1960’s American suspense thriller about the Cold War and sleeper agents, persons brainwashed and set in a target country to be an asset if activated. A young man from a prominent political family was a prisoner of war during the conflict in Korea. Officials from China and the Soviet Union brainwash and employ him as a sleeper agent in an attempt to subvert and take over the United States Government. Continue reading Donald Trump: The Manchurian Candidate? Is Donald Trump Putin’s Manchurian Candidate?

Noble character traits and Human Rights

by Peter Makari,
Executive, Middle East and Europe Global Ministries of the United Church of Christ and Christian Church

A delegation from Egypt recently visited the U.S. for a week, meeting with civic, religious, and civil society leaders. The visit was part of an ongoing Egyptian-U.S. Dialogue Initiative, organized jointly by Global Ministries of the United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and our partner in Egypt, the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services (CEOSS), among others. The Initiative is an effort to increase contact among people from different strata of society—Muslims and Christians, parliamentarians, journalists, and academics—to create understanding about each other that goes beyond headlines. Continue reading Noble character traits and Human Rights

Meaninglessness among us . . .

At the present juncture in the history of man can be found a pervasive meaninglessness and/or uncertainty reflected in the people around us. But meaninglessness is a characteristic hallmark, perhaps the dominant symptom, of a collapsing world order!

Without meaning, one’s life lacks motivation and becomes apathetic, a condition close to spiritual or psychological death. Although breathing one feels no vitality. Lacking motivation and vitality one has no true sense of direction, no feeling of destiny, no sense of future. Such a condition cannot be tolerated indefinitely. In the absence of spiritual motivation, physical desires stand ready to fill the void. Continue reading Meaninglessness among us . . .

We must change the culture of the Congress and the Executive Branch

by Dr. John I. Penn

No longer can I sit silently and idly on the sidelines and watch the country that I love fall from her importance in the world. Duty calls me to lift my voice and try to make a difference and to raise the consciousness of people. America is the greatest country in the world, and we have some of the most exceptional people on the planet. People are being bullied and threatened by our President, trying to silence their freedom of expression; notably, those who don’t agree with many of his unpopular policies, including the separation of families seeking asylum in America. Continue reading We must change the culture of the Congress and the Executive Branch