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Rocks balancing on a see-saw

In Defense of Balance

Let me give you an example of what I mean by striving for balance between competing concerns.

Let's take two of our big ideas: liberty and society. We all want freedom. I know I do. And yet, if you put me on a helicopter, and then dropped me off somewhere in the middle of the wilderness, I would have all the liberty in the world – but I would gladly relinquish some of that freedom as the price for rejoining human society.

Open Book in fanciful surroundings

Religion, Storytelling and Art

Religion can be thought of as a collection of shared cultural artifacts that provide a sense of meaning about human existence.

Religion attempts to answer “big” questions such as the following:

  • Why are we here?

  • What is our relationship to the world around us?

  • How are we related to one another?

Religious expression can manifest itself in several different ways.

What's Your Story?

Human Nature

What does it mean to be human?

This must certainly be a foundational question for all of us, when contemplating almost any aspect of our existence.

And while any brief answer to this question must admittedly be no more than a starting point for further discussion, I think it perhaps worthwhile to provide such a beginning.

And so, here they are: the primary traits we share that I think make us uniquely human.