Perspectives

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The Gift Of Intuition

May 18, 2017

I have always been intrigued by “intuition.” What is it really? Where do intuitive ideas come from? Are they “real” or “trustworthy?”

Recently I came across the writings of Meister Eckhart, a Roman Catholic philosopher and mystic in the 13th century. He named intuition as a form of knowledge. The “Master Teacher” wrote:

“Intuition, then, is the knowledge of the passive intellect, the self-awareness, which accompanies all action and all conscious, deliberate reflection. It is passive … It has to be allowed to happen.”

A Basic Solution For Health Care

May 17, 2017

The solution for our healthcare system is to return to basics.

We have incredible technologies and procedures, but relying on them instead of preventive measures to improve our health is driving the high cost of our current system.

Eating more fruits and vegetables, moving more throughout the day, not smoking, and getting enough sleep can do a lot to make us feel better and also decrease our health-care expenses.

Convenience May Hurt Other Ways

May 16, 2017

Online shopping is hurting small towns throughout northern Illinois. One of the significant problems is that it’s causing budget issues for cash-strapped towns, school districts, and county governments.

Because products are being bought online, our area loses sales-tax revenue. This may mean that local residents are asked more often to approve tax increases. The tax-deficit hole has to be filled some how.

Which Way Does Their Compass Point?

May 15, 2017

I’m a self-admitted football addict. I played in high school and college. Now, at the age of 42, I enjoy the game from the comfort of my couch.

Over the past few years I have become disenchanted with the National Football League. It seems like this $14 billion industry’s moral compass is twisted. In the recent draft, several players were drafted with criminal records for assaulting women.

WWI Wasn't Such A Great War

May 12, 2017

The recent PBS documentary on America in World War I was a mind-changer, at least for me.

I had known about some of the troubles at home during this period — the race riots and the suppression of free speech — but, for me, they had been overcome by the heroic doughboys in France and Belgium, turning the tide of the conflict, and of the spirited George M. Cohen song “Over There,” which must be the most animating tune ever written.

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