Day: September 11, 2012

Unnecessary roughness: moral hazards of football

The man who when he sees a quarrel on the streets coming to blows will try to quiet it or expresses his strong disapproval, will in the stadium applaud fights far more dangerous; that he who shudders at the body of a man who died by nature’s law the common death of all will, in the amphitheater, gaze down with most tolerant eyes on the bodies of men mangled, torn in pieces, defiled with their own blood; yes, and that he who comes to the spectacle to signify his approval of murder being punished will have a reluctant gladiator hounded on with lash and rod to do murder. ~Terullian

Reflections on 9/11

I have not been able to listen to the Ash Wednesday words in the same way ever since. “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Yes, perhaps. But we do not return to the same dust from which we came. What we do between our entering this world and our leaving it, the dust we generate, matters; it makes a difference.

Teachers and lessons

Train up a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old, he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6 (Tanakh) It’s the time of year when kids go back to school. Here in these parts, they started nearly a month ago while in other places they will be going […]