Charles Hayes: The astronomical free coverage given to raging acts of bigotry, racism, ethnocentrism, and nonsensical ranting wasn’t about democracy, it was about increasing commercial revenue.
Charles Hayes: For fifty years after its debut, the Pledge of Allegiance was accompanied by the “Bellamy Salute” – right hand extended with palm upward. This was later changed to disassociate it with the symbolism of the Third Reich.
Charles Hayes: The paranoid antigovernment crowd is hyper-alert for evidence that government forces are out to get them, and their pattern-matching gray matter is up to the challenge of perceiving connections where any hint of cause and effect can be imagined.
Charles Hayes: A look at Donald Trump and Sarah Palin offers a clear demonstration of the double standard and implicit gender bias at work in American politics.
Charles Hayes: The often-heard declaration that anyone would be better as president than Hillary Clinton is so steeped in the ethos of misogyny that to deny this reality is blatantly hypocritical. It’s equivalent to saying anyone would better than a neurosurgeon to operate on your brain.
Charles Hayes: Inevitably there are many things we have to take on faith because there are times when even science has to create cranes that rest on skyhook assumptions.
Charles Hayes: We still aspire to an ethos of self-reliance and rugged individualism espoused by the likes of Ralph Waldo Emerson at a time when we were poorer in purse but much more independent.
Charles Hayes: People today are experiencing future shock from the unsettling notion that reality bears little relation to the narrative that most of us internalized growing up. Threatened Worldviews
Charles Hayes: If we dig deep in psychology, what the evidence suggests is that, on many levels and in many different ways, we human beings are engaged consciously and subconsciously in trying to do things that are meaningful. Life Purpose
Gun Safety regulations have been made nearly impossible for reasons that have nothing to do with the reality of public safety, but everything to do with partisan politics
Charles Hayes: Capitalism is an incredibly dynamic system capable of both good and ill, but today’s economic playing field is not in any sense level.
Charles D. Hayes: The tax for using the media available to us is paid in lost opportunity for thoughtful reflection. We need to find the right balance between technological wizardry and enough silent contemplation to keep from being manipulated politically.
Charles D. Hayes: Existential education can help human doings become better human beings. Our penchant for tribalism appears to be innate, and existential contempt remains the Achilles heel of our species.