Outgrowing cognitive narcissism

At an April 20th memorial service for his friend Christopher Hitchens, theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss delivered a loving, charming eulogy in which he described his friend’s attitude to life. “… He had the courage to accept the world for just what it is and not for what we’d like it to be …. Christopher understood that the universe doesn’t care …

Compassion and Self-Esteem

The inestimable Karen Armstrong was a guest speaker at my synagogue’s Sabbath service this past week. She drew from different religions’ references to the central idea of kindness and acceptance of others.  In the case of the Old Testament or Torah, she referenced the story of Abraham welcoming, for no apparent reason, three strangers into his camp on a hot …