Recently, I was asked by someone to compile a list of 10 — 10! — things that are right with the world. I would like to believe that most of my colleagues will find this as daunting a task as do I. After all, those of us who practice philosophy and write cultural commentary are accustomed to sniffing out problems: The glass is always half empty for us. But there are indeed 10 things for which we must be grateful.
In an event likely to produce more heat than light, a committee of the New Hampshire legislature will on Thursday, February 14 — Valentine's Day, of all things — hold a public hearing on a resolution to "commemorate" the 40th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, issued January 22, 1973.
Random thoughts from the passing scene:
I can't get excited by the question of whether Senator Robert Menendez had sex with a prostitute in Central America. It is her word against his — and when it comes to a prostitute's word against a politician's word, that is too close to call.
Shifting the blame for a failing economy from inept politicians and counterproductive government policies to “the rich” may work politically. But it’s an agenda that creates more disharmony than growth, more bitterness than jobs.