The Tragedy of Macbeth is a Shakespearean play written between 1603 and 1608 wherein William Shakespeare attempted to offer moral advice to the new king of England, James I of England/VI of Scotland. The lesson, of course, was to avoid choosing evil as a method to achieve power and influence. The play may be Shakespeare’s […]

“I dispute that it was right to use these methods, which I do not believe were in the best interests of justice or our security or the ideals that define us and which we have sacrificed much to defend.”  —John McCain “John McCain said it in the most eloquent way it could have been said. […]

One must wonder how it was possible for a comparatively small island nation such as the United Kingdom to seize and eventually control much of what is today Pakistan, India, and China. Well, I think there are actually several factors that explain this. The British were clever, they possessed advanced technology, there was a global […]

A Psalm of David Some scholars argue that David penned this verse before coming to the throne of Israel, at a time when he was in the midst of his troubles. Jewish scholars, however, argue that David composed it when he had grown old (See also 2 Samuel, 21:16,17) and his people resolved that David […]

… always anticipate grave consequences for failure.  What actually transpired in Yemen the other day was not a Hollywood production where hardly anything ever goes awry; in real life, ten thousand things can go wrong during special operations missions, and half of those are well beyond the control of the good guys. The unintended consequence […]

Scholars, statisticians, government bureaucrats, and politicians have made their careers out of studying poverty.  In spite of this, we still have too many people living in poverty.  We ought to wonder about that.  We should wonder why governments argue that they need more money to support this program or another … and yet, after collecting […]

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is a United Nations program headquartered in New York City. It provides long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries. Notice that I placed emphasis on the notion of long term relief. We should wonder why, if our efforts are working, this must be a long-term […]

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