American Inceptionalism

Russell Minick 6 Comments

Premise 1: I am not very politically focused. Premise 2: I post like crazy against Trumpism. Conclusion: I see more than politics at work in Trumpism. Trumpism is an example of a common problem. How we think we make decisions is often mistaken. In two short videos we can see the problem at work. Linguistics & Confidence Tricks How does this guy make 2 of 3 successful purchases with blank paper? How does this work!?! [Hint: Why didn’t it work with the middle guy?] Watch this amazing 1:30 clip below. Then I’ll connect the trick …

Great Examples to Follow?

Russell Minick 2 Comments

I am not o.k. with the 2016 version of The Princess Bride quote. I have a grandson. I want him to pursue “Greatness”. He could follow the example of a certain presidential candidate who talks about “Great!”. But to follow that man’s idea of greatness, while still pursuing goodness, one would have to make some important changes. Unlike that candidate’s understanding of “Great” please: Respect women. Be honest. Be humble. Don’t slander others. Use grown up words in grown up conversations. Bravely denounce evil every chance you get. Don’t order others to murder …

Faithful Christians Who Hate…Aren’t

Russell Minick 7 Comments

Matthew 5 includes the beatitudes and one of the least honored teachings of Jesus: 43-47 “You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and …