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February 2023
Exploring Values, Meaning and Spirituality
From the Editor
We live in an age of ever-increasing change, so it should come as no surprise that our newsletter is changing too. In an increasingly online world, our subscribers opt to receive an electronic version rather than the physical, printed version. So the main purpose of the changes is to provide an email-based newsletter that is free of most of the limitations that a print newsletter imposes, such as must be: a multiple of four pages and headings are best at the beginning of a page. A print version will continue to be available, but it won’t be so nicely formatted.
The news is full of statements about climate change and almost everyone regards it as a scientific fact. This can easily become a superficial assumption to which little thought is given. So there are positives in the reaction of Robin Boom, who has provided us with a contrarian perspective. Jordan Peterson, a Canadian psychologist with a high media profile, is another contrarian fond of challenging our assumptions, claiming that our efforts to combat climate change will be insufficient to solve the problem and only result in an increase in desperate poverty and in competent farmers turning to other occupations, leading to a food shortage. Robin thinks that climate changes over time anyway and that there is no need to regard us as the cause. One of the authorities he quotes (Richard Lindzen) is a respected, though unconventional, climate scientist who hhange, there is still an urgent need for action on many fronts. Robin’s view that we can relax and do nothing is just not acceptable.
 
as authored over 200 scientific papers. Robin’s view is that population increase is a major issue that gets almost no attention. My view is that there are several inter-related problems that combine to pose a severe threat to our future that is not easily countered. So even if there is truth in Robin’s view of climate c
 Robin Boom
Robin Boom responds
In the last issue, Greg Hughson countered Robin’s argument that climate change is not human induced, so we can relax. Robin replies, arguing that, as we are in an inter-glacial period, we need to warm the planet to prevent the cooling of the next ice age. See more…

 Glynn Cardy
Alright, Then, I’ll Go to Hell
Glynn Cardy reflects on justice with help from Mark Twain
Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, with I suspect more faith than certainty, that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”  I wonder if he was alive today, and seei
ng the incarceration of so many black men, and the police shooting of so many black people, and the backward laws of so many states making it harder for black Americans to vote, whether he’d still have that sense of optimism.  I suspect so.
Justice is like the word love.  It can be defined in all sorts of ways.  Catching the ‘bad guy’ and locking him up can be seen as justice.  Legislation to build bigger prisons can be seen as justice.  Laws to right past wrongs can be seen as justice.  There is retributive justice, procedural justice, and restorative justice.  There are institutions of justice, and the dreams of justice. See more…

 John Thornley
Magnificat from a New Jersey Jail
John Thornley shares thoughts from Assata Shakur (b. 1947 and member of the Black Liberation Army) on discovering that she is pregnant. See more…

Interesting Texts
"It's madness to hate
all roses because you got
scratched with one thorn,

to give up all dreams
because one of them
didn't come true,

to give up all attempts
because one of them failed.
 
It's folly to condemn
all your friends
because one has betrayed you,

to no longer believe in love
just because someone
was unfaithful
or didn't love you back,

to throw away
all your chances to be happy
because something went wrong."

"There will always
be another opportunity,
another friend,
another love,
a new strength.

For every end,
there is always
a new beginning."
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"And now here is my secret,
a very simple secret:
It is only with the heart
that one can see rightly;
what is essential,
is invisible to the eye."

Rose glyphAntoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Little Prince Excerpts, 1943
 
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