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The Origin of Rights

September 23, 2009

“But it’s my right!” If you haven’t made the claim verbally, you’ve likely thought it at one time or another. My kids haven’t explicitly stated they have rights, but they implicitly make the claim regularly. The Declaration of Independence claims that all have an unalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Unalienable […]

“Contentment is natural wealth” (Socrates)

July 29, 2009

In Hermann Hesse’s novel, Steppenwolf, the main character, Harry Haller is an intellectual loner who states near the beginning of the book, “I always hated contentment.” The book is a journey through Haller’s inability to truly be content or joyful. Hesse’s conclusion seems to be that we must use humor, drugs, and sex to find […]

Pursuit of Happiness

June 23, 2009

Hey, happy July 4. Enshrined in our U.S. Constitution, we say that people have the right to the “Pursuit of Happiness.” It’s a rather upbeat thing for such an august document to say, isn’t it? I was talking to our good friend and Gray’s Theology charter member Anthony today about this phrase, and he said […]


May 25, 2009

Hey, Happy Memorial Day! Hope you enjoyed the day off and the cookout. I certainly did. So Memorial Day is an interesting holiday. I don’t think I’ve spent many Memorial Days spending time thinking about past wars or those who died in them, or those who survived them. I’m grateful for my country and those […]

Is Love Blind?

April 29, 2009

So I’ve got a couple questions about love, folks. Not just romantic love, but we can include romantic love in our conversation. Is love blind? There are a couple ways to go with this: A. Do people love because they have an ideal in their head that they think is the object of their love? […]

Sacred texts

February 24, 2009

Alright, by popular demand. Or at least, at the cautious recommendation of a bunch of you during a straw poll. Sing with me, everybody now: Let’s talk about texts, baby! Let’s talk about you and me! Let’s talk about all the good things And the bad things that we read! Let’s talk ABOUT texts. Hey, […]

Community? or Communism?

January 15, 2009

Happy new year everyone! I love getting topic suggestions from you, and I got a good one from Jedidiah this month. He originally pitched it to me as, “We all think community is a good thing we should foster; we all hate communism and think it’s bad. What’s the difference?” I thought this was fantastic. […]


November 15, 2008

Quite often, when I sit down to write these discussion topics, I take my idea and look up the topic on wikipedia to get a nice little summary about what kinds of things are being said about said topic. Wikipedia’s great. So much information, so little effort. Usually when someone says, “Wikipedia is great”, someone […]


October 29, 2008

Happy Halloween, everyone! This month, as we gather for Gray’s on Halloween’een (that is, 10/30), we’ve got a scary topic–What fears are irrational? And what fears are rational? What’s the difference? Explanation: Most of the things we’re afraid of have some basis in real, actual risk. Even irrational fears–fear of spiders–is based in the fact […]


July 28, 2008

Hi, folks… A buncha new folks signed up on the meetup site this month. Welcome! OK, so think about some times from your life when you really felt happy. You might think of a time that was just a fleeting moments, or you might think of a season of life that generally–you felt good. The […]