“Water shaming” is being credited for helping Cape Town, South Africa, make it through an extreme three-year drought. Faced with a rapidly approaching “Day Zero” that would force the city to shut off municipal water to its more than 3.7 million residents, officials in January launched an interactive Google map that allows people to see which households are staying within the water use limits–and which ones are not. Read More
Racism is a great flash point in American culture, carrying centuries of weight and denial. I am so tired of the denial, and yet as a white person I am privileged to merely experience anger and sadness over our state of affairs. For my friends of color, the reality is a constant source of stress, danger, and injustice. And an op-ed piece in today’s New York Times gives a hint of the level of frustration and exhaustion no doubt felt by many people of color.
“Should I give up on white people?” That’s the title and main question raised by George Yancy, a philosophy professor at Emory University and an African American. It’s about the despicable, hate-filled comments and threats he received for another New York Times op-ed piece in 2015, called “Dear White America.” He had started that earlier article with these words: Read More
There is a wide and growing generational gap in political views among Americans, according to recent reports by the Pew Research Center. Millennials in particular have adopted perspectives far to the left of older Americans. Gen Xers, also, to a lesser extent, indicate a long period ahead of rising power for progressive politics, as the stalwart generations of conservatives die out. Read More
I just spent seven weeks on a Facebook fast, and I learned a few things.
I should preface this by saying it was a completely impulsive decision made the evening of February 13th, when one of my Facebook friends posted that she was going to fast from Facebook during Lent, which started the next day.
I immediately responded that she inspired me to do the same thing: no Facebook until Easter except for Sundays (which tradition holds exempt from Lenten fasts).
Then I told my wife, who raised her eyebrow skeptically. She was doubtful I could do it. That, of course, only made me more determined, but I admit I was a little concerned about how hard it might be. I thought that alone was reason for trying. Read More