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85 Is it material?

Word play When I was in grade school and had a cast on my arm, boys in the class alarmed me describing the machine that cuts off the cast. They said it cuts through the plaster but does not cut through material. Always the scholar, I reminded them that plaster is a material. By the word material they meant cloth. Today we continue playing games with the word material. To a lawyer, the word means “pertinent to the current case.” A philosopher differentiates between material and spiritual well-being. I combine the meanings to assert that materialism is not material to …

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32 Where do you look?

I have no use for newscasts showing major fires. That information is useful to the fire department, but it does nothing to enrich my life. Let us shift our attention away from this kind of news. This suggestion is not the opposing and condemning protest we left behind in the last article. Instead, it is about redirecting away from collecting and preserving all the unhappiness of the world. Paris was well rehearsed to minimize the tragedy at Notre Dame. Let us not fall into a syndrome of self-pity over our losses. There is encouraging balm to be distributed; there is …

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