The problem of institutionalizing generosity

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Seventeen months in the nation of Denmark made me an odd kind of conservative.

A good friend, Bryce Johnston, is fond of saying, “I served a girl’s mission.” (We’ll see if he ever reads these columns.) He refers to the fact that, for just a few years in the early and mid-eighties, LDS men served missions for 18 months just as do women missionaries. Of course I extended to a very manly nineteen months, the first two of which were spent ...

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Discerning darkness, and coming to the light

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Last week I commended the book, “The Road Less Travelled” by Dr. M. Scott Peck. The book is a very positive view of live and of love, and encourages the reader to stretch and to grow. This week I review another of his books, “People of the Lie”.

“This is a dangerous book.” He begins. And it is.

It is a dangerous book because it attempts to take a direct look at the problem of human evil and to make sense out ...

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Life is difficult; being miserable may be optional.

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“Life is difficult.

“This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult-once we truly understand and accept it-then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.”

So begins M. Scott Peck in his book, The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values, and Spiritual ...

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