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January 2016

Walt Whitman – A Call for a New America

Tweet In “Democratic Vistas”, our greatest national poet, Walt Whitman, wrote: “Never was there, perhaps, more hollowness at heart than at present, and here in the United States.  Genuine belief seems to have left us.  The underlying principles of the States are not honestly believed in, nor is humanity itself believed in.  What penetrating eye [...]

A Single Solitary Soul

Tweet Everything changes.  Nothing stays.  This is a truth of life. Love is born and dies.  Love turns to hatred and back again to love.  Dark becomes light.  Young becomes old.  Stars and galaxies are born from the maws of gigantic black holes, live their day in seeming infinity, then explode as novas and are [...]

A Democracy Beyond All Distinctions

Tweet We are heading for the dawning of a great new spiritual civilization – a civilization unprecedented in the long annals of history. This will be the time of the true awakening to the unbounded potential within each individual and within the race as a whole.  All the prior factions and divisions – ethnicities, nationalities [...]

A Challenge to Atheists, Humanists & Believers Alike

Tweet The battle between science and religion – between, on the one hand, the worldview of atheists, humanists, agnostics and others who see this universe as devoid of any God, and entrenched believers on the other hand, whether Christian, Jew, or Muslim – seems only to be growing more strident as time goes by. Actually, [...]

The Task of Creating Your Own Life

Tweet “Words of Wisdom” by Daisaku Ikeda. _____________ James Hilgendorf is a filmmaker, speaker, and the author of ten non-fiction books.

A Holographic Universe

Tweet Holograms are those three-dimensional light images, created with lasers.  You remember the cute little robot, R2D2, in the movie Star Wars, who would beam out an image of Princess Leia pleading for help – this is a hologram. There is a curious property of holograms.  If you take a hologram – say a picture [...]

Poem – Who Are We? – The Self That Is Always There

Tweet Change is the element of the day. But what is there that never changes? A poem, by James Hilgendorf ______________ James Hilgendorf is a filmmaker, speaker, poet, and the author of ten non-fiction books that are helping to forge a new vision of ourselves, a new dream of America, and a new religion for [...]

Time for a Religious Revolution

Tweet “The faith that stands on authority is not faith” – Ralph Waldo Emerson. This was the pronouncement of one of the great founding souls of America. These words were written at a time when America was straining to come into its own, to cast off finally the ancient ties to the Old World in [...]

Unknown Songsters

Tweet Unnamed singers, unknown composers, singing in the dark, in the shadows of history. We never knew you. No Shakespeares here, no Bach or Homer plying his Olympian tales heard down the ages. Just a banjo strumming in Appalachian hollows.  Or a rare and fragile love poem composed in the light of the moon.  Or [...]

1776 Now!

Tweet Revolution! The time has come for a new shifting of priorities and power. In 1864, in a letter, President Abraham Lincoln wrote: “I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country…corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in [...]