Reynold Ruslan Feldman, Ph.D. - Author, Editor, Nonprofit Consultant, Wisdom Coach

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The Dangers of Mysticism
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Kneedy No More?

“Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale/Her infinite variety.  . . .” So says Shakespeare about Cleopatra inAnthony and Cleopatra.  Now I don’t know about the Serpent of the Nile, but as for me, age has certainly withered me.  Or more specifically, my withers. Or even more specifically, my knees. It started about 12 years ago.  After having run-walked the annual Honolulu Marathon for the second time in a row, I became aware of a gnawing pain in my left knee. A typical male, I sucked it up and continued my practice of running.

Flagging Enthusiasm

It must be an allergy. Yet for whatever reason I have difficulty seeing national flags on cars, tee-shirts, hats, lapel pins, running shoes, even flagpoles. This goes for the Red-White-and-Blue, our Grand Old Flag. While helping to unite smaller entities, states or provinces, nationalism often does so at the expense of the larger whole. People wrap themselves in their country’s flags before going off and killing, or being killed by, other people wrapped intheircountry’s flags. Children get bombed and women raped with the justification that they live under the

Marco! . . . Polo!

“Marco! . . . Polo!” Kids in a pool. One yells “Marco!” Another answers, “Polo!” After the fifth iteration, I’m wondering why I decided to go swimming that afternoon. After the tenth, I begin to entertain homicidal thoughts. Yet this dumbest of games honors one of the West’s greatest human beings. Why do I say that? For contrast, consider that other great Italian discoverer, Christopher Columbus. A century and a half after Polo’s travels to Xanadu, Columbus arrived in the Bahamas. As Howard Zinn reports in

The Wisdom of Solomon?

The wisdom of King Solomon is legendary, not to mention Biblical. 1 Kings 3 tells the story. Two prostitutes are arguing about a baby they each claim is theirs. So they take their case and the baby to the king. “Bring a sword,” he orders. “I’ll cut the baby in half and give you each your fair share.” “Fine!” Says one woman. “No way!” Protests the other. “Give the baby to her.” “Aha,” says the king and awards the child to the second woman in the certain knowledge that the real mother would rather give away her living baby than get half of it back dead. This so-called Judgment of Solomon has stood as a classic of wise decision-making down the millennia. Yet the Bible also reveals (1 Kings 11) that the good king had 700 wives and 300 concubines. Moreover, one wife in particular got him into big trouble. So you have to wonder just how wise he was. Like our exemplar last week, Solomon illustrates that the fully human is sometimes compromised by the all-too-human. God, give us both the wisdom to know the difference and the capacity to act from our best selves ever more of the time.  
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