Category human rights and value

The Heart of Common Ground

Jordan Newhouse beautifully captures the heart of common ground in this poem.

Listening with your foot?

“There is a kind of listening with half an ear that presumes already to know what the other person has to say. It is an impatient, inattentive listening, that despises the brother and is only waiting for a chance to speak and thus get rid of the other person. This is no fulfillment of our […]


It’s hard to believe that someone thought that this ad would actually encourage me to buy Cox. If they had marked it up with red in the way that I have, however, it might have. (Dec. 2013 Update: Read my Christmas 2013 letter discussing this ad and the “tech-carnation.”)


While I was dragging my feet all over this hillside, my daughter wanted to know what I was writing.  When I said, “Humans matter more…,” she asked, “More than what?” We began discussing it.  She decided humans matter more than animals.  Then she said, “And humans and animals matter more than guns.”  And then she […]

Tips for Being Present, Part 3: Being Present to Family and Friends

Confine computers to a special room so that you’re not tempted to “check your email” or “google something” when the most important people in your life wait for your attention. Look the person in the eyes. Verbalize if you’re thinking about something or processing something (or even obsessing over something) so that this important person […]

Tips for Being Present, Part 2: Being Present in Conversations on Important Topics

Don’t worry about forgetting your thought.  If it’s important, God will help you remember it later. Don’t look at your cell phone.  If you are expecting an important call, let the person know up front. Set the expectation and do what’s necessary so that you might continue the conversation in the future.  If you can […]

Is America Better Off than India in Terms of Human Rights?

I’m really proud of my sister Joanna. Her article comparing India’s human rights situation and America’s (“First, Look in the Mirror”) was published today on the internet paper* She’s spot-on. Note how she focuses on common ground almost everyone accepts, that Indians shouldn’t allow or promote the killing of female fetuses just because they’re […]