Anthropology, the study of human roots, emphasizes that gift-giving is a near universal human characteristic, appearing among the vast majority of human cultures world-wide. What is it that makes gift-giving so important, so special?
The holidays emphasize and re-emphasize the issue of belonging. We anticipate that the holidays will be a time of special connection with family and friends. Yet for many, finding that sense of belonging, especially relative to family, can be a difficult, sensitive matter.
Lasting help for depression is closely tied to hope, and symbols of hope are among our greatest treasures. This week saw the passing of Nelson Mandela, who was an incredible symbol of hope for much of the human race. The unbelievable intensity of the gratitude to Mandela…
Our society is fundamentally confused about the distinction between being, or in other words having a life, and having possessions. Advertising seduces us into fantasies associated with certain types of possessions.