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I Have Never Felt So Ashamed Of America

Thursday, 26 May 2022, 10:17 am | Martin LeFevre - Meditations

It’s very difficult to write about the kind of evil that erupted again in America yesterday. Nineteen elementary-age children and two teachers were slaughtered by another 18-year-old acting out of bottomless hatred for people and life. America ... More >>

Response To An Optimist’s Worldview

Tuesday, 24 May 2022, 10:59 am | Martin LeFevre - Meditations

Lynn is a life coach for business executives. This email exchange took place this weekend after a stimulating phone conversation on Friday. It reflects the worldviews of two people living on different planets. I’ll leave it to the reader to decide ... More >>

Weep for America, Work for Humanity : Martin LeFevre

Friday, 27 February 2015, 9:10 am | Martin LeFevre - Meditations

Sometimes you read something by a mouthpiece for the status quo that’s so outrageously false, yet so widely and subconsciously accepted, that you want to scream. Here’s such a boner (in the first sense of the word, though Viagra could have inspired it): ... More >>

Martin LeFevre: Melville’s Billy Budd

Sunday, 22 August 2010, 7:43 pm | Martin LeFevre - Meditations

One of the best studies of good and evil by an American writer is Herman Melville’s “Billy Budd.” If you haven’t read the novella, there’s an excellent 1962 film with the same title, which stars, and was directed and produced by, Peter Ustinov. ... More >>

Martin LeFevre: Thought Is a Single Stream

Friday, 13 August 2010, 11:35 am | Martin LeFevre - Meditations

It’s near dusk, and the parkland seems to be full of Cooper’s hawks. At one point on the path, a large, brown, stipple-winged hawk takes off from the path ahead of me with some small animal in its mouth. More >>

The Unmet Sorrow of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Monday, 9 August 2010, 10:50 am | Martin LeFevre - Meditations

Here we are again, 65 years and tens of thousands of nuclear weapons later, commemorating the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Perhaps it’s because my first political memory, at ten, is of the Cuban Missile Crisis, that the issue ... More >>

Martin LeFevre: What Is Human Freedom?

Tuesday, 3 August 2010, 8:21 pm | Martin LeFevre - Meditations

A few friends and I have been asking: Are there choices in life, but is the chooser an illusion? If so, what is the basis of right action? These questions go to the heart of the problem of freedom and determinism. More >>

Afghanistan: The Tunnel at the End of the Light

Friday, 30 July 2010, 1:43 pm | Martin LeFevre - Meditations

WikiLeaks, the semi-respectable sibling of Wikipedia, has demonstrated that journalism is not a dead on arrival joke on the Web. The gauntlet for the war in Afghanistan has been thrown down. In what every news organization, reputable and disreputable, ... More >>

Palin’s ‘Grizzly Moms’ Hard to Bear

Friday, 23 July 2010, 6:14 pm | Martin LeFevre - Meditations

Sarah Palin recently granted her 50th endorsement of Republican office seekers. All but one are women. She is positioning herself as the biggest and baddest of the “Grizzly Moms,” fighting to defend the indefensible, sustain the unsustainable, and keep ... More >>

Creative Destruction and Man’s Destructiveness

Friday, 23 July 2010, 5:02 pm | Martin LeFevre - Meditations

The American media, even the progressive media, are promoting the idea that most of the life on Earth has been wiped out many times before—by asteroids, comets, or super-volcanoes. Why? Because the best pretext for continuing with human destructiveness ... More >>

Spy Games: Old Cold War and Hot New War

Friday, 16 July 2010, 5:57 pm | Martin LeFevre - Meditations

Two spy stories, in as many weeks, attest to how the old game of espionage has entered a territory somewhere between absurd and bizarre, and become dangerously irrelevant. Last week’s exchange of Russian and American spies was, we were told, a mere speed ... More >>

The Urgency of Psychological Revolution

Tuesday, 13 July 2010, 12:37 pm | Martin LeFevre - Meditations

The foundational philosophical investigation to which I devoted my youth flowed from this question: Why are humans generating increasing disorder and chaos, when we evolved along with all other life, and life moves in dynamic order and wholeness? More >>

Martin LeFevre: The Enlightenment Was a Misnomer

Monday, 12 July 2010, 3:07 pm | Martin LeFevre - Meditations

If the events of recent years have demonstrated anything, it is that the Enlightenment ideals of reason and human rationality cannot hold sway over the chaos of belief and irrationality. But that always was a Hobson’s choice. There is another factor ... More >>

4th of July, 2010— Dunghills From Diamonds?

Monday, 5 July 2010, 1:20 pm | Martin LeFevre - Meditations

This weekend Americans are celebrating the 4th of July, the date that commemorates the birth of the United States 234 years ago. As Tea Party chauvinism metastasizes and merges with the larger cancer of the Republican Party, it’s fitting to note ... More >>

Martin LeFevre: What Is the Way Ahead?

Friday, 2 July 2010, 12:41 pm | Martin LeFevre - Meditations

The day is very hot. Every swimming hole and sandy ‘beach’ I pass along the creek that runs through town has adults and kids cooling off. And today is a weekday. More >>

Palin Gobbles Up the Dough At Turkey Tech

Monday, 28 June 2010, 5:32 pm | Martin LeFevre - Meditations

California State University Stanislaus, known for years as Turkey Tech, is located at the geographical center of California in the most productive agricultural area in the world. It sounds like Sarah Palin felt right at home there for her controversial ... More >>

The Observer Is an Infinite Regress

Friday, 25 June 2010, 2:37 pm | Martin LeFevre - Meditations

Is the brain capable of observing without an observer? What is the observer? What part does it play in the division, conflict, and fragmentation of the world? These are crucial questions, not only for awakening the meditative state, or even for psychological ... More >>

Martin LeFevre: Mandela, Obama, and Greatness

Wednesday, 23 June 2010, 2:34 pm | Martin LeFevre - Meditations

“Invictus” is the latest in Clint Eastwood’s streak of good to excellent directorial forays in the autumn of his career. Though a bit lumbering, predictable, and sentimental, it’s worth two hours of your life, if only to ponder the arc of Nelson Mandela’s ... More >>

Martin LeFevre: The Case of Peter Erlinder

Friday, 18 June 2010, 10:17 pm | Martin LeFevre - Meditations

A small item in the news about the arrest in Rwanda of the leading defense lawyer for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), Peter Erlinder, has big implications for the international rule of law. Why is it that international lawyers ... More >>

Martin LeFevre: The Catholic Church On Its Knees

Tuesday, 15 June 2010, 1:26 pm | Martin LeFevre - Meditations

Before fifteen thousand priests from around the world, the Pope apologized for the child abuse “filth” that was uncovered this year in the Catholic Church. “We, too, insistently beg forgiveness from God and from the persons involved, while promising ... More >>