Beyond Appearances

Joe Chuman
Values Animating Political and Social Issues; Ethics and Philosophy
Created 04 Jun 2021
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  • A NEW BLUEPRINT FOR AMERICA
    07 Dec 2021 • 12 min read • 2 0
    Few of us disagree that we live in troubled times, and a powerful aspect of that trouble is that our society is divided in ways that feel nasty and raw. “Polarized” is a word often used to describe ou...
  • THE TWILIGHT OF GOOD INTENTIONS
    04 Dec 2021 • 7 min read • 3 8
    It has become a cliché that we live in fraught times. Our political life, which informs our public sensibilities overall, has become fractured, coarse and angry. With emergent tribalism creating loyal...
  • GRATITUDE
    27 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 7 2
    It is the Thanksgiving season, but for me the holiday has little to do with giving thanks. I simply can't relate to Pilgrims and their harvest festivals. They are too remote in time and they don't rel...
  • CULTURAL APPROPRIATION
    20 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 2 5
    I start this essay with a personal anecdote. I have raised six children. They have become professionally extraordinarily successful and I am immensely proud of them. I am very close to my middle daugh...
  • FOUR WAYS TO BE RELIGIOUS WITHOUT BELIEVING IN GOD
    15 Nov 2021 • 11 min read • 3 2
    Whether we are religious or not is a matter of temperament. There are those for whom immersion in the practicalities of life, resolving the problems that confront them, taking care of business, so to ...
  • TEXAS, ITS HORRID ANTI-ABORTION LAW, AND THE CULTURE OF VIGILANTISM
    08 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 2 0
    Dear Reader, I had previously posted this essay on my Facebook page. I have moved my writing away from Facebook and to Substack, and retain my Facebook page primarily for announcements. I think this a...
  • REFLECTIONS ON GRIEF
    07 Nov 2021 • 8 min read • 3 4
    This essay is very personal. It centers on my grief that resulted from the death of my beloved wife, Linda. Grief is a constant in human life, but I find that it is banished to the outskirts of conver...
  • THE FEELING MAY BE RIGHT BUT THE RESPONSE IS WRONG
    05 Nov 2021 • 8 min read • 2 0
    We live in a frightening time when the forces of irrationality threaten our democracy. But ratchet this fear one notch lower and we can state it in more visceral terms: Irrationality is exploding the ...
  • THE FETISH OF POWER INEQUITIES
    01 Nov 2021 • 8 min read • 2 4
    Viewing the relations between social groups primarily through the lens of power relations has become a fetish of our times. There are those who possess power over others and those who are the powerles...
  • THE PERILS OF ETHICAL PURSUIT
    26 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 3 5
    From the time I first became aware of myself as a social being interacting with others, I have felt the pull of ethical values. I suspect it was my mother who imbued me with this somewhat precocious s...
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