"Negotiating with Iran" by Limbert
"Sorry States: Apologies in International Politics" by Lind (fascinating study of Japan and Germany in the last fifty years or so)
"The Purpose of Intervention" by Finnemore
"Paradise Lost: Haiti's Tumultuous Journey from Pearl of the Caribbean to Third World Hotspot" by Girard
"Danish Neutrality" by Holbraad
The textbook for the history part of the class
I've read both Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents countless times now, and I think they are both absolutely brilliant. It is a shame a third book never came to fruition before Butler's death.
Its very good to hear such words of wisdom from the Holy Elders of our days.
St Dorotheos tells us that the devil rejoices over those who are without guidance, because he always seeks our destruction.
The devil loves those who trust in themselves, because they are cooperate with the devil and they themselves are responsible for their fall.
The Devil even hates the desire of us to seek words of guidance which will benefit us, and reveal the criminality of the devil.
There is nothing the devil hates and fears so much as to be known.
He wants to harm us and rejoices even more over those who are with no guidance.
Because they fall like leaves, as it says in the Proverbs.
Those words were from this chapter, which you can listen to for free on this website:
People of The Lie:The Hope for Healing Human Evil
by M. Scott Peck, M.D.
Very good so far. Here are some notable passages and quotes:
"It is a strange thing: Dozens of times I have been asked by patients or acquaintances: 'Dr. Peck, why is there evil in the world?' Yet no one ever asked me in all these years: 'Why is there good in the world?' It is as if we automatically assume that this is a naturally good world that has somehow been contaminated by evil. In terms of what we know of science, however, it is actually easier to explain evil. That things decay is quite explainable in accord with the natural laws of physics. That life should evolve into more and more complex forms is not so easily understandable. That children generally lie and cheat and steal is routinely observable. The fact that they sometimes grow up to become truly honest adults is what seems the more remarkable. Laziness is more the rule than diligence. If we seriously think about it, it probably makes more sense to assume this is a naturally evil world that has somehow been mysteriously 'contaminated' by goodness, rather than the other way around. The mystery of goodness is even greater than the mystery of evil."
"While science needs those innovators who will champion a single new model as the most advanced understanding, the patient who seeks to be understood as wholly as possible would be well advised to seek a therapist capable of approaching the mystery of the human soul from all angles. Science has not yet, however, become exaclty broad-minded."
"In the face of such holy mystery it is best we remember to walk with the kind of care that is born both of fear and love."
"The battle to heal human evil always begins at home. And self-purification will always be our greatest weapon."
Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, by Bill McKibben
Since he first heralded our era of environmental collapse in 1989's The End of Nature, Bill McKibben has raised a series of eloquent alarms. In Eaarth, he leads readers to the devastatingly comprehensive conclusion that we no longer inhabit the world in which we've flourished for most of human history: we've passed the tipping point for dramatic climate change, and even if we could stop emissions yesterday, our world will keep warming, triggering more extreme storms, droughts, and other erratic catastrophes, for centuries to come. This is not just our grandchildren's problem, or our children's--we're living through the effects of climate change now, and it's time for us to get creative about our survival. McKibben pulls no punches, and swaths of this book can feel bleak, but his dry wit and pragmatic optimism refuse to yield to despair. Focusing our attention on inspiring communities of "functional independence" arising around the world, he offers galvanizing possibilities for keeping our humanity intact as the world we've known breaks down.
My reading list for the day (they're all fairly short)...
The Question of Union: A Forthright Discussion of the Possibility of Union of the Eastern Orthodox Church and Roman Catholicism, by Constantine Cavarnos Orthodox Christianity and the Spirit of Contemporary Ecumenism, by Fr. Daniel Degyansky The Road to Apostasy: Significant Essays on Ecumenism, by Bp. Photii of Triaditza