A friend of mine called me up last night and said, “John, you’ve gotta see this movie.” Being the rather cynical guy that I am, my mental response was “Well, I don’t HAFTA see anything.” Not knowing that she was already talking to the world expert on everything, she went on, “It encapsulates the whole … Read more

Forgiveness and Peace

A friend and I were driving to Tel Aviv, and we argued about forgiveness. Most of our discussion revolved around spiritual principles governing the interaction between individuals. To some degree all of us understand what that means, but what about peoples and nations? No, don’t worry. I’m not going to throw religion at you. That’s … Read more

Expending Ten Times the Effort

Straight out of college, my first job was in high-tech sales. The sales team that I worked with was great, while I was merely average. And like all great sales teams, they worked very hard to get their ‘merely average’ member to become great. They did that by dragging me through every sales course they … Read more

Just Like They Did in 9/11

Talking about barbarians yesterday has gotten me thinking about barbarism. That got me thinking about 9/11, which got me thinking about airline hijackings (skyjacking), which got me thinking about the PLO. Capice? Now, it’s true that the PLO didn’t invent the idea of skyjacking. People have been hijacking vehicles since the invention of the horse. … Read more

They Pound at the Gates

As I sit here writing this, the BBC has just broadcast a report from Palestine Square in downtown Gaza City. The conditions in Gaza are terrible. But, one of the residents interviewed there mentioned something interesting. He said that the economic problems have increased tensions to the point where Palestinian factions are shooting at each … Read more