More on Morality © 2017 Vernon Miles Kerr A regular reader of this blog has probably figured me out by now; near three-quarters of a century on this planet and still agonizing over the big questions: Is there a God (with a capital “g”)? Are the “Holy” books of the world only clever and creative… Read More Rhetoric | More on Morality
What Makes a ‘Great Man?’ © 2017 Vernon Miles Kerr You Too, Can Be a Great Man My memories of the curriculum in the California Public School System during the very early 1950s include a grade-level-spanning, almost obsessive, focus on creating “Great Men” (or Great Women.) It seems like this obsession trickled into every subject:… Read More Rhetoric | What Makes a ‘Great Man?’
How a Thin, Little Volume Fixed a Lifetime of Lazy Scholarship © 2017 Vernon Miles Kerr I didn’t learn about The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. While until twenty years after my brief sojourn in the Creative Writing program at San Francisco State University (then San Francisco State College.) I came… Read More Criticism | ‘The Elements of Style’ by Strunk & White
Can Morality Exist Without Religion? ©2017 Vernon Miles Kerr In the late 19th Century, “Liberal” teaching threw out religion, along with religion’s moral guidelines, replacing those guidelines with moral relativism and situation-based ethics. Since then, the world’s diminishing moral conscience has been claimed and dominated by its religious organizations, whose abuses and excesses have further… Read More Rhetoric | Can Morality Exist Without Religion?
….the most heinous act ever perpetrated in the name of America: the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and three days later, Nagasaki, Japan… … Read More Rhetoric | A Day That Will (Really) Live in Infamy
Fair comment (c) 2017 Vernon Miles Kerr This is a copy of the second of two recent Sacramento Bee columns by my friend and former college writing professor, Manfred Wolf. He and I are currently collaborating on a screen adaptation of his book “Survival in Paradise: Sketches from a Refugee Life in Curacao.” (http://www.survivalinparadise.com) My first draft of… Read More Rhetoric | A Holocaust Survivor’s Thoughts on America, Post-Trump
The Cosmos as Creation © 2017 Vernon Miles Kerr If a supreme intelligence created our Universe it deliberately gave its creation limits. Things set in motion tend to slow down. Heat tends to cool. Living beings are born, thrive, grow and then, as they age, begin to deteriorate, slow down and die. Whole species… Read More Rhetoric | The Cosmos as Creation