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Awakening in the New Year

Which is more difficult, to awaken one who sleeps or to awaken one who, awake, dreams that he is awake? Soren Kierkegaard Some weeks ago I reflected on our American Thanksgiving tradition of civic proclamations of corporate repentance for our sins and gratitude … Continue reading

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A Coda on COV&R in Innsbruck (present and past…)

Bleary eyed after 24 hours of travel from Austria to San Francisco the accumulated work of two weeks away from the Cornerstone Forum office awaits me. Before I dig into the pile of paper, emails, and related chores I would … Continue reading

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Scapegoats and the crisis of distinctions

While many people cite René Girard’s mimetic theory in order to champion the cause of scapegoats — real ones as well as imposters — very few today note Girard’s dire warnings about what he called “the crisis of undifferentiation” — … Continue reading

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