Hannah and Papa J

Hannah and Papa J

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Concerning the use of human shields

Dear Hannah,

Nearly every conflict in the world is morally complex -- nearly every conflict except the one between the Israelis and the PLO.  With many conflicts you're forced to dig through decades (and if you're unwise, centuries) of sins and blunders, trying to see who's responsible for starting it.  The PLO makes our decision easy, because they almost remove history from the equation entirely.  They provoke Israelis with violence, and then shield themselves from damage with children.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Jesus is Lord -- but only of the rich

Dear Hannah,

We've all heard the passages about the meek inheriting the earth and camels going through the eye of the needle, but my personal theory is that God is only the God of the rich; and barring this extremely restrictive outlook, maybe the God of the middle classes too.  The poor have almost nothing to do with Him.  They get all the fun.  The well-to-do get all His rules, which means they get a God.  Nay, they get worse than his rules -- they bear His cross.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Two terrible parents

 Dear Hannah,

Marcus Aurelius is known for being one of the wisest and justest emperors of imperial Rome.  The other thing he's known for is being one of the worst parents.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Why women love fall

Dear Hannah,

I keep talking about Solomon in these essays and it's starting to feel like he's the only person I talk about.  In fact I've mentioned several times that Ben Franklin is my hero and that Solomon is a screwup.  Mentions of Ben Franklin?  Not sure of the number, but it's a lot less than mentions of Solomon, and this makes me worried.  We all say we have our ideals.  But what are we actual meditating on?  This is what makes us.