On Optimisn and Pessimism


Optimism and pessimism are appraisals/evaluations/predictions of the future, based not only, or no so much, on current knowledge/data, but on our interpretation of the same. The interpretation is influenced by a number of factors, ranging from past experiences and upbringing to natural disposition and efforts to be objective. Perhaps at a subconscious level it is […]

Question and Answer on Empathy


In an internet conversation, the following question was posed. Am I wrong in thinking that to promote empathy for those with whom you are sympathetic while demonizing those with whom you disagree is the secular version of claiming that God is on your side? My answer: In my view, you are not only not wrong, […]

On Philip Glass’s Opera: Satyagraha


I enjoy operas . I have been seeing practically every HD transmission of the MET. So I couldn’t possibly miss Satyagraha although my ears are not quite attuned to 20th century operatic efforts. But I realize that the era of Verdi and Rossini, Bizet and Puccini are over, and I must learn to appreciate modern […]

Greg Palast’s Book: Vultures’ Picnic: In Pursuit of Petroleum Pigs, Power Pirates and High-Finance Carnivore


Such emotional and simplistic exclamations may soothe the confused minds and helpless predicament of the materially fattened Western world, which has been gradually realizing that industrialization involves environmental assault with implications for our survival, and good old capitalism can degenerate into obscene and callous greed leading to national suicide.  However, such self-righteous book titles are […]