All Stay Attuned Articles

Listening for Sanctity in Everyday Life

  • The Unapologetic Impulse In American Culture

    Judging by the abundance of “guilty pleasure” TV shows, many people in America seem to feel overly constrained by the norms of public civility. The expectations of reasonableness and respect in everyday life must...

  • Lucky We Don’t Have To Worry About Demons! (Or Do We?)

    Historically, most people have worried a lot about demons. In fact, while we are accustomed to think of pre-modern history as an age characterized by belief in God, it may be more apt to think of it as an age...

  • Are You a Hero of Belief or a Hero of Disbelief?

    People like us are rare. There is so much pressure to conform, but we are willing to be different. We dare to face down any crowd armed with only what we know to be the truth. As the society drifts toward...

  • If We Could Genetically Eradicate Facial Hair, Should We?

    Every morning I wake up with resentment about the fact that I have to shave my damn face. The ideas that grew gnarled and twisted in my mind by the end of the previous day have loosened over night. My mind is...

  • The Morality Of The Future

    The future is mysterious, but not entirely. It is tangible in the promises that a person makes and in the unspoken responsibility one has to others. However much a person may enjoy whimsical fantasies about the...

  • How To Stop Time

    Human beings have the capacity to stop time. It is, in fact, a commonly used capacity. We use our ability to stop time as a bulwark against the threat of disruptive newness that encroaches with the future. It also...

  • Are You Related To George Washington, Like I Am?

    I have thoroughly enjoyed reading the comments to my last post, “Are You A Paster, Presentist, Or Futurian?” Some readers proclaimed their temporal orientation with pride. Others shared insights into the idea of...

  • Are You A Paster, Presentist, Or Futurian?

    Instead of differentiating people on the basis of their “religion” (as Christians, Muslims, Hindus, etc.), what if we differentiated people according to their temporal orientation? We could divide people into...

  • “I Am Whatever You Say I Am”?

    It is gratifying when people see you just as you want to be seen. But don’t count on it. If you like to think of yourself as a gentle person of few words others may nevertheless find you boring and pathetic....

  • Barbarians At The Gate?

    Philistines are people who have something to be embarrassed about but nevertheless do not feel embarrassed. In common usage a philistine ought to feel embarrassed primarily because he lacks “culture”: cultivated...

  • What Is “Real Scientific Understanding”?

    If I were asked, “do you believe that human beings evolved millions of years ago from ancestors shared in common with gorillas and chimpanzees?” I would answer emphatically and unequivocally: yes. But I know very...

  • Fantasizing About Future Space Adventures

    Does news of private entrepreneurs mobilizing missions into space cause you to feel excitement or anxiety? Does it make you feel nothing at all? Stop for a moment and imagine: how does it all unfold? Will we...

  • Books That Have Insiders And Outsiders

    There are many books that purport to offer you a better life. Some such books offer fairly mundane enrichment: weight loss, professional advancement, organized closets. Others are bolder, offering salvation,...

  • Are You Living In The Real World?

    The accusation “you are not living in the real world” is always either ideological, narcissistic, or a poorly phrased attempt to say something else. But it is frequently used. I will explore its meaning here. ...

  • What Jesus Means to a 21st Century Jew

    It was only about a century ago that Easter was considered by some Christians to be a good day for massacring Jews. Consider, for instance, the first Kishinev pogrom of 1903. In 21st century America, by contrast,...

  • Is It Better To Lose Yourself Or Be Redeemed?

    If you feel that life is uncomplicated, easy, satisfying, carefree, under control – then this post is not for you. On the other hand, if you feel frustrated, anxious, deeply bored, or burdened by the sense that...

  • Pizza Night and the Politics of Purity

    In order to avoid destructive consequences, people must have reasonable opportunities to satisfy their desire for purity. Many horrors have been committed from fear of contamination. What else is “ethnic...

  • I Saw God on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway

    Sometime in the first half of the first millennium B.C.E. a group of Canaanites distinguished themselves from their neighbors by advocating the worship of Yahweh alone, to the exclusion of other Canaanite gods...

  • Do You Deserve To Have A Job That You Love?

    These days it’s hard enough to get any job at all. If it is part of a good life to have a job that you love then the current situation of unemployment, which is already life-threatening to many people, is all the...

  • Should We Be Revolutionaries?

    What if everyday life as I know it is irredeemably complicit in injustice? If this is the case, then does justice not demand that everyday life be overturned? These are haunting questions, particularly given the...

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