Steve McEllistrem

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Why do Our Leaders Ignore the Constitution?

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In the preamble it is written that “We the People” establish the Constitution to establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare and secure the Blessings of Liberty to “ourselves and our Posterity.” Pretty … Continue reading

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Why Are We Militarizing the World?

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As of 2013, per a Department of Defense Base Structure Report, the US had 598 overseas bases in 40 foreign countries. Almost 200,000 military personnel were deployed at those bases, and the cost of maintaining all this military readiness reached … Continue reading

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Why Doubt Is Important

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We want to know things with certainty. We want to be able to classify actions and things and people into categories we can place in mental files, sorted into neat folders that we can retrieve when necessary. We dislike doubt. … Continue reading

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The Future of Religion

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Religions have evolved over thousands of years. They’re not static. Even the most staid ones embrace or at least permit new ideas at some point, even if those allowances are over relatively minor aspects of their belief systems. So we … Continue reading

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Why Do We Forsake Real News?

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It’s been happening for years: the delivery of infotainment in place of real news. I realize that most of us want infotainment, which is why we get it, but a few of us would like to be notified of important … Continue reading

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The Problem with the Golden Rule

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Generally speaking, it behooves us to follow the Golden Rule – do unto others as you would have done unto you. This makes a lot of sense. It is a rational, morally correct and ethical way to treat one’s fellow … Continue reading

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Why I Decided to Become an Optimist

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I used to think that optimists were overly positive, putting a spin on reality to make it conform to their sunny dispositions. That used to frustrate me. At times, it still does. For example, when the boss tells you to … Continue reading

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Expect the Unexpected!

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Many of the things we do, in the hopes of achieving a particular result, come back to surprise us with unintended consequences. Sometimes those consequences are negative, sometimes positive, and sometimes so strange we find it difficult to believe there’s … Continue reading

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November

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Many people love the spring: its verdant leafiness and buds heavy with the promise of glorious blossoms, creeks overflowing with the liquid of life. The vernal season offers hope for the future, an optimistic symphony of possibility. Tiny sprouts and … Continue reading

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Are We Losing Our Way?

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We worry about many things we needn’t. We focus on many issues that are irrelevant. We follow certain stories because they’re presented to us as if they matter when they don’t. And all the while we circle the drain, caught … Continue reading

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