Social Commentary

Thoughts about uncertainty and surrender

By Hari-kirtana | May 22, 2020

What I remember most was how quickly I was able to accept what was happening. An eastward swing down Porter Street, a long residential mediary between two busy thoroughfares, offers an easy and enjoyable tree-lined descent to cyclists with a modicum of common sense. But am I a sensible cyclist? Nope. I was coasting down a curve after leaving a friend’s house near the […]

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How do we know what’s true?

By Hari-kirtana | November 22, 2019

After a couple of weeks of watching the competing narratives coming out of the impeachment inquiry, I felt inspired to sit with the question: how do we know what’s true? Conventional wisdom tells us that we live in a post-truth world where up can mean down, forward means backward, and left and right mean really left and right. Separating fact […]

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The Yoga of Voting

By Hari-kirtana | November 5, 2018

I don’t know why I’m so surprised when I meet young people who have no interest in voting. After all, I didn’t vote the first few times I could have. Watching the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement play out on the nightly news inspired my youthful interest in politics. But by the time I graduated from high school […]

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The Real Meaning Behind Jefferson’s Self-evident Truths

By Hari-kirtana | July 4, 2018

During a recent visit with my in-laws down in Southern Virginia, we drove out to Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson’s retreat home. Built as a perfect, single-story octagon with four elongated octagons set around an almost-perfect cube, Jefferson designed this architectural and engineering masterpiece to be his getaway from the hubbub of public life. Every year on the Fourth of July, Americans […]

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From Russia With Love

By Hari-kirtana | December 22, 2017

My first opportunity to learn a second language came when I was in Junior High School, what we now call Middle School. Back then, Latin, Spanish, French, and German were the standard choices and perhaps they still are. By the will of providence, my school district offered the rare opportunity to take Russian. I have both a penchant for novelty […]

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Civility and Humility

By Hari-kirtana | November 26, 2017

What happened to civility? One could of course argue that the world has always been a very uncivil place – particularly for people outside the dominant power structure – but I think most of us would agree that rampant public incivility has become the new normal. Perhaps it’s because this behavior is socially contagious; if not confronted by corrective feedback […]

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