What Good Are Words?

What good are words?  Can there ever be a poetry that saves nations or people? Abraham Joshua Heschel pointed out that “the Holocaust did not begin with the building of crematoria, with tanks and guns. It began with uttering evil words, with defamation, with language and propaganda. Words create worlds.”

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Accepting Hardship

. . . and when everything feels like it is too much, when the full density of world is slipping loose from tired fingers and there is just so much that you do not know, let yourself breathe, breathe into the realization that: I do not understand;  I do not…

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An Argument for Kindness (Part I)

Sometimes things in life happen that shatter your world.  I am not talking about those expected traumas, as raw and difficult as they may be: The death of a loved one or the way time starts our decay while we are still conscious and breathing.   Even if we have banished…

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Typhoon Haiyan and Human Goodness

Today’s news is filled with the devastation and havoc caused by Typhoon Haiyan.  Current estimates are that there at over 10,000 dead.  Ten Thousand.   That is a holy number.  In the Tao Te Ching, 10,000 is meant to refer to something innumerable, too large to count.  It is also a…

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Our Most Humble Strengths

** This post first appeared on Positive Psychology News Daily. Forgiveness. Mercy. Prudence. Modesty. The strengths of temperance don’t get as much attention as our more muscular qualities. Yet in a certain sense, maybe this cluster of strengths enables every other strength, and thus makes the good life possible.    Excitement…

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The Sacred Thread

A few years ago I had the privilege to attend a friend’s wedding in India.  I was the first of our group to arrive and the bride invited me to a ceremony at her home that was usually only attended by family.  All the uncles were there.  A Hindu priestess…

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Welcome to JohnSeanDoyle.com

Thank you for your interest in www.JohnSeanDoyle.com. I am Sean Doyle.  In this blog, I explore the poetry and science of well-being.  It is an invitation to inject a little more hope, affection and meaning into the world.  It is about recovering a reverence for being, and creating a culture…

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