Category Archives: Who Are We?

Trans, Ultra or Just Human? Who Do We Want To Become?

In the summer of 2011, I went to a lecture by a theologian some friends had recommended. Ilia Delio is a senior fellow in science and religion at Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University….I didn’t fully understand nor agree with everything that Ilia spoke about, but one thing she gave me, on which I want to comment here, is an introduction to the “transhuman movement,” also known simply as “H+.” Continue reading

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Exploring Who We Are As Spiritual and Secular

Most of the young people I know, despite having attended Catholic grade school and high school, are “Like, so done with religion.” They may describe themselves as “spiritual but not religious.” Many would probably consider themselves thoroughly secular. Continue reading

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Who We Are As “Earthlings”

In connection with a recent trip back to Kenya in May, I began reading two books about Africa that had serendipitously (as often they do) come in to my life just as I was getting ready to leave. One, the nearly 800 pages of which I am only yet half way through, Continue reading

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Who We Are As Brains Seeking Happiness – Part I

One day recently, I had an idea. It was prompted by my weeks in India last December, and my reading while there of No Impact Man by Colin Beavan. I’ve written about that experience in my “India Journal” posts on this blog….of all that I learned from Beavan, what stood out for me the most was Beavan’s poignant realization that the completely unanticipated by-product of the experiment was happiness […] Continue reading

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Who We Are As Brains Seeking Happiness- Part II

In this post I continue reflecting on our brain in two ways, both dealing with happiness. I already was aware that Daniel Pink (2006) comments on the importance of our right brain to happiness… Continue reading

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India Journal 2010 Part II – Finding Alternatives To Who We Are

Some months ago, a colleague of mine suggested I read the blog, “No Impact Man,” created by Colin Beavan. Beavan is a New Yorker, who in 2007 committed his small family to a year-long experiment in making a move toward eliminating in their daily living all adverse environmental impacts. Continue reading

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India Journal 2010 Part I – Stopping to Take a Closer Look at Who We Are

I remember some years back coming across the statement, “Stop the world, I want to get off.” In a sense, I feel that way at the moment. I definitely have left behind my “normal” world, and stepped into a small haven entirely at odds with much of what I encounter on a daily basis. Continue reading

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