Category Archives: society & culture

The Text

Interpreting words on a screen can be a fraught undertaking. I’ve found myself in a few interactions on Facebook where feelings were hurt and friendships damaged. In asking myself whether I might be to blame or need to do things … Continue reading

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Us vs. Them

Group loyalty is such a basic human instinct that it’s likely to seem perfectly natural to us. We don’t even notice that an instinct is swaying our thought processes. I got to thinking about this this morning when I read … Continue reading

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Privacy in Public

My friend Rachel posted a cartoon on Facebook, and she was disturbed by my reaction to it. I’ll post the cartoon below, but maybe a little preamble would not be amiss. Although, since this is about gender diversity, maybe “amiss” … Continue reading

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Whose Lives?

One of my Livermore friends (naming no names) posted a truly offensive image on Facebook saying “Police Lives Matter.” I pointed out to her that this slogan is bullshit. I didn’t use the term “racist bullshit” in my reply to … Continue reading

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Something Wicked This Way Comes

Every year the Unitarian Universalists hold a General Assembly, a grand conclave in which delegates from the congregations gather and do stuff. I’ve never been to a GA, so I have no idea what they do, but part of it … Continue reading

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Magic 8-Ball

At the next couple of General Assemblies of the Unitarian Universalist denomination, a proposed Eighth Principle is going to be put forward and voted on. If the GA approves, it will be tacked on at the end of the Seven … Continue reading

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Facts & Feelings

This morning one of my Unitarian Universalist friends dropped a quote (from some unknown source) on her Facebook feed. On the surface, this quote seems to be a nice reminder that we ought to be aware of and considerate of … Continue reading

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In Particular

Tonight I spent a fruitless hour talking with a friend about the “microaggression training” workshops that are soon to be offered by our local Unitarian-Universalist church. She’s fer ’em; I’m agin ’em. Neither of us managed to shake the other’s … Continue reading

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Whiners Being Picky

My local Unitarian-Universalist church sent out an email today announcing that they’ll be having “training” on “micro-aggressions.” The email I composed, but haven’t sent and probably won’t, because the people running the church just wouldn’t get it, goes like this: … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Theory

“You don’t know about me,” Mark Twain wrote, “without you have read a book by the name of ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.’” So begins one of the great American novels. Lately I’ve been blogging about some problems in Unitarian … Continue reading

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