Experts, Public Policy and Private Choices

Covid-19 has mentally exhausted us.  One of the reasons this is so is because it has highlighted the difficulty in how we regard experts. Obviously, we would be very wise to listen to experts when they speak from their fields of expertise. For instance, medical doctors are not merely self-proclaimed experts nor is their expertise something …

Angels

I must say, I’ve never seen an ethereal creature with visible wings. And while I’ve heard some wonderful singing voices, I have never heard a concert by a heavenly host. But I have met a few angels.  The first time I knew I met an angel was when I lay paralyzed in my hospital bed …

Flawed Lying

In common conversations, we humans often say things we don’t mean and aren’t true. No harm is intended but we have odd ways of conversing at times.  “How’s it going?”   It’s the common question from the casual acquaintance in business, at the grocery store or at the gym. Of course the questioner is simply …

Most Likely to Succeed

High school yearbooks often contain a Hall of Fame section where seniors give awards to their classmates.  “Nicest Smile”, “Most Angelic”, “Class Clown”, “Most Athletic”, and so forth.  These Hall of Fame awards are given in fun but they do represent a reflection by high school seniors of the classmates with whom they have shared …

The Mad Hatter and the Trouble with Isms

If Lewis Carrol wrote a bit more about Wonderland, I wonder what may have been the subject of the perpetual tea parties that were the fate of the Mad Hatter and the March Hare. I suspect that they may have formed a group of beliefs and called them an “ism”.   Socialism, capitalism, feminism, egalitarianism, …

Denied Bigotry

It’s insulting and off putting to tell an unknown working class person that they are bigoted and to ignore their concerns. We all have bias and predetermined beliefs about groups of people. However, working class folks are no more, probably less bigoted or biased than the progressive “betters” talking down to the rubes. To accuse …