Paul's Perambulations a personal blog

April 10, 2010

Jury duty – a meaningful four-day experience

Filed under: General,Politics — admin @ 10:57 pm

Although I often get called to report for jury duty, this week was the first time I have been selected to serve. Usually they are not interested in me; search Jury Duty on this site for possible reasons. This time I was selected even though I wore a button that said Wage Peace next to the button that said Juror and had indicated on a questionnaire that I could not promise to follow the judge’s instructions. My thinking on this issue is that I would have to follow my conscience first, if there were a conflict between conscience and the law. I am pleased that I was found suitable for jury duty. Things might have been different in a murder trial, because I cannot support capital punishment. It is appropriate to remove from society people who are a danger to others, but I wish to leave open the possibility of rehabilitation. The trial lasted four days, and to learn about the trial itself, read…  (more…)

April 9, 2010

Why I love/hate Wright’s Fallingwater

Filed under: General — admin @ 7:14 pm

It’s a fascinating structure, folks fawn over it, but there is a dark side.


April 5, 2010

Whither higher education?

Filed under: Education — admin @ 6:29 pm

I’ve spend the last three hours reading education articles in the NYTimes, Chronicle of Higher Education, and related links.  Let me relate this to my own institution. We are tuition driven, and without sufficient paying students, Villanova as you know it would not exist. Villanova has some excellent humanities programs. If you can afford them, and you love learning, they are wonderful and worth every penny. If you have limited funds and  (more…)

April 3, 2010

Easter Anniversary of MLKing’s speech at Riverside Church, NYC.

Filed under: General — admin @ 10:02 pm

On April 4 1967 at Riverside Church, MLKing delivered Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence. This was a moment of great moral courage. History now honors the man but not the message (something similar to Christianity going on here?). The speech was not just about Vietnam, but called for changes to insure a world with true peace and justice for all BEYOND Vietnam. Exactly one year later, he was killed. I have no doubt that the majority of Americans, although shocked at his death, were also relieved. At that time many Americans felt the need for a black American hero (to counter all the white ones), a black who was non-violent (to counter societal fears), but did not want to hear what he said would be required for a world with peace and justice.  Denial of his message seems to be as true today as then. Happy Easter.

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