Walter Moss: In urging us to live simple and wise lives, Francis is almost poetic at times. Like Romantic poets such as Wordsworth, he often mentions the importance of nature and beauty.
Walter Moss: Throughout history religious believers have sometimes become like latter day ideologues in their dogmatic rigidity, in their insistence on possessing “the truth,” in their lack of humility, and in their willingness to even kill those who think differently.
Walter Moss: There is little chance that any Republican nominee will put dealing with climate change at the center of his/her agenda, but we progressives should insure that at least the Democratic nominee does.
View image | gettyimages.com oes President Putin have any deeply held values or is he just a political opportunist willing to sacrifice any principles to political expediency? This is a question often asked about politicians—and not just in Russia. But it is a simplistic one. Most politicians have at least a modicum of principles and […]
Walter Moss: Those in the West who see Putin as essentially the same man he was when he served in the Soviet KGB fail to recognize that, like many other Russians, he has been struggling for almost a quarter of a century to redefine “the Russian Idea,” what Russia is and should be.
Walter Moss: Some of the virtues and values that seem especially important in the political realm include the proper mix of realism and idealism, love, compassion, empathy, humility, tolerance and a willingness to compromise, a sense of humor, and creativity. How then do they relate to the culture wars between Right and Left?
Walter Moss: Increasing U.S.-Russian tensions over Ukraine would hinder cooperation and reduce U.S. abilities to deal with other important matters such as climate change, nuclear arms reductions, terrorism, ISIS, and Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
Walter Moss: The charge that the pope is too political is not new and has just intensified in rightwing circles since Rush Limbaugh claimed in 2013 that the pope’s words regarding capitalism were “just pure Marxism.”
Walter Moss: The wisest humor is tolerant, humble, and compassionate, not the kind of put-down humor often characterizing ethnic jokes that inflate our egoism by implying our own superiority. Satire can reflect wisdom if we use it to further the common good.
Walter Moss: According to a 2013 “Conspiracy Theory Poll” conducted by a respected polling agency, “Republicans say global warming is a hoax by a 58-25 margin, Democrats disagree 11-77, and . . . . 61% of Romney voters believe global warming is a hoax.”
Walter Moss: If good Alzheimer’s caregiving necessitates empathy, and plenty of it, love stretches it to its uttermost boundary.
Walter Moss: Obama has been too willing to follow hardline advice from those like the hawkish Hillary Clinton and her neoconservative Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland.
Walter Moss: My plea here is not that our nation refrain from ever again sending U.S, troops abroad, but merely that we wAms stretch our minds and hearts and imaginations to other races, genders, and nations, that we become more cognizant and cautious of the terrible sufferings caused by discrimination and wars.