This new column is intended to serve up "Fish for Friday"—fish caught by casting our hook into the waters of recent correspondence, thus abstaining from our usual practice of blogging on anything whatsoever.Corporate administrations that abuse human capital often have a day of reckoning—though after the “workforce” has paid dearly.
Only fish will be served that we think will be good for you, either for information or for provocation to think about something new, or about something old but from a different perspective.
That’s not true for university administrations—state university administrations in particular. They are no longer the infrastructure of the academy. They are a burgeoning, self-aggrandizing, self-congratulatory superstructure modeled after academic health centers. Today they are more tenured than the faculty and more powerful than any they are to serve.
If you want to take them on, do it in an essay in The Atlantic. You'll do more good for others, and less harm to yourself. Trying to speak truth to an ethically bankrupt administration is like teaching a pig to sing; it's a waste of time and it angers the pig.
People aren't worried about global warming and the violent weather it will create because they assume humans will find a way to deal with it and bend Nature to their will.
Perhaps they should take a look at the results of the recent weekend's random pattern of thunderstorms before they make that assumption. So far there are 22 people dead, and, with power still off for hundreds of thousands, many more are likely to die in the heat wave. In my hometown of Roanoke, one of the largest and most modern cities in Virginia, large areas still don't have power and the Red Cross is setting up soup kitchens for those who had to throw away food and don't have money or a place that is open to buy more.
And all this not from a tornado, not from a hurricane, not from a blizzard, but from a few brief storms that tracked through the area.
As always, when push comes to shove, I believe in the power of Nature.
A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows public opinion. [–Chinese Proverb]
I don't understand what religious folk mean by "believe." They seem to mean absolute certainty regardless of evidence. I don't understand how one could do that, and it seems a bad idea. Technically this means I'm not even an agnostic, since they also profess beliefs: "Men can know nothing of gods." I'm certainly not an atheist, as they are certain (based on faith?) that there is no god. The usual notion of gods seems unlikely to me, but I certainly don't know they don't exist. Quantum mechanics seems unlikely as well, but that doesn't prove that it is wrong.
Perhaps [Barton D.] Ehrman didn't move all the way to atheist because he's just being intellectually cautious—figuring the whole matter of our existence, of the universe's existence, to be beyond our understanding.
Friends of the Sea: My deepest appreciation goes to each of you who have signed our petition to stop the deliberate killing and maiming of our sea life. I am just one person who has personal experience with the cetacean community and know how truly wrong it is to invade our oceans with harmful sound and other forms of pollution. We can stop this; your outpouring of e-mails and letters tells me it is time for this change. Respecting the oceans is a way of affirming our own humanity and our willingness to live in harmony with the natural world. We only have a few days to make our voices heard.
Whatever you do in your lives to make a difference in this world, do it with great passion. There are so many areas in our world that need healing and all of us have a responsibility to speak out and help each other in that process. Thanks to Signon.org, we can easily make our voices heard. It's not over till it's over and we still have a few days left. I urge you to take action if it is in your heart to do! Thank you a million times over. [–Lyndia Storey, mother, grandmother, and lover of the sea)]