Fight Fire with Fresh
From The Editor
In the latest installment of Roadside Assistance, Rabbi Rami answers questions about morality, atheism, and enlightenment (and that Allstate commercial).
Inner + Outer Worlds
"A pilgrim sets his or her sight on a place where the veil between the ordinary and the transcendent has been lifted. Each step moves the pilgrim away from the structures that have bound our lives, and each step moves the pilgrim closer to knowing the whole of reality as for the first time."
"Doing unto others based on what we would want them to do unto us implies a quid pro quo exchange of self-interests, not a fulfillment of duty. It reflects a noble aspiration to place decision-making beyond self-interest, but it may remain rooted in it."
"Looking back, taking on the president of Random House, the Times, and Cronkite was not a great career move for a journalist. I had to self-publish my book and almost lost my faith in having a career in journalism. Fake news seemed everywhere—and coming from the top."
I wouldn’t have expected the ER doctor to say, “Welcome, you’ve just entered your dark night of the soul.” But if he had sent me on my way with information about what was happening, it would have been easier for me to arrive at the why.
"Contrary to popular assumption, Taylor argues, all religions are not alike. They peer at humans from different vantages, and thus propose different solutions to problems. Exploring this with her students, many of whom are evangelical Christians, showed Taylor that her true calling is to find bridges between her own faith and that of others."
The author recounts the pursuit of Joseph Kony, a brutal warlord whose guerilla group killed more than 100,000 people. She also writes about balancing her activism against Kony with her own family life.
"Though commonly labeled a disorder, anxiety, for Paul, is simply evidence of the imagination and an invitation to wholeness. She shares tools and mindsets that allow us to approach anxiety with curiosity instead of shame, so that we may decode its messages, wherever they surface."
"'She was an activist long before the incident of the bus and the boycott,' Smith told S&H. 'Throughout history, human beings have always found the courage to not just resist injustice, but to dare to change the movement of human history.' The song 'No Fear' features lyrics based on Parks’s own words."