I want to solicit the help of – as strange as this is going to sound, coming from me – conservative, pro-life / anti-abortion, evangelical Christians in understanding something that has happened to me multiple times in debates about abortion. By “multiple times,” I mean so often that I have come to expect some cognate of this pattern to recur as a matter of course. As you might expect, the whole debate turns on the issue of the “ontological” status of the fetus in the mother’s womb: is the fetus a human person or not, and if the fetus is human, when in the pregnancy does the fetus attain this status of person-hood? As I have said elsewhere, I have no idea what the answer to the above italicized question is, and my entire stance of being pro-choice is predicated on my ignorance a
Happiness is awakening to the question "Who is happy, who is unhappy, who lives, and who dies?" True happiness is uncaused, arising from the very nature of being itself. —Adyashanti, “Conceptions of Happiness” Photo credit: "Happy Dog Max," moonjazz, 2014.
Every several years, at rather irregular intervals, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra stages a “Bugs Bunny Night,” in which, on a giant screen looming over the orchestra, are projected several classical Warner Brothers cartoons involving, not just Bugs, but Daffy Duck, the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, Elmer Fudd, Porky Pig, etc., etc., etc. All the cartoons involve classical and baroque music from various eras. Now, the cartoons’ soundtracks are independent of the orchestra, but the orchestra below the screen plays the music live and in real time – in miraculously perfect synchronization to the cartoons. My wife and I attended the latest performance, celebrating the 50-year – yes! 50-year! – partnership forged between the animation geniuses of Warner Brothers cartoons and the gr