Comments on: What Do You Mean By “Civilized”? Changing the Cultural Conversation Tue, 01 Apr 2014 23:46:48 +0000 hourly 1 By: Rachel Cohen-Rottenberg Tue, 25 Mar 2014 01:39:42 +0000 Thank you, Mary!

By: Mary Dawson Sun, 23 Mar 2014 17:11:09 +0000 This isn’t really a comment, just something I found that I wanted to pass along because I thought you might find it interesting. I couldn’t figure out how to simply e-mail you. Since you are so passionate about issues of homelessness and disability, I thought this article and the comments after it might be of interest to you.

By: julesinrose Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:53:47 +0000 I agree with your question. This is why I always write the word “society” with quotation marks or write/say “our so-called society.”

A society (at least a civilized one) has ethics and values that are for the common good. Why is the US the only first world country that doesn’t have universal health care or free and open access to higher education? Why do have the highest incarceration rate?

There are whole cities where there are no jobs, no hope, only despair (like Camden New Jersey). This is the dark side of American exceptionalism. We are certainly exceptional in this regard. No other industrialized country has such inequity between the rich and the poor, and sadly, most people do not care as they’re still blinded by the idea of the American Dream, a dream that is fueled by truly meritocratic & individualistic ideas. Not the ideas of a great civilization, but of a civilization based on power and greed.

Just my humble opinion, lol!

By: Thurman Greco Thu, 06 Mar 2014 00:25:06 +0000 just a note to let you know how much I enjoy reading your blog posts. You are an excellent writer and you write about things I’m interested in reading so the combination is perfect for me.
Keep up the writing!
The sandwiches for the homeless posts are wonderful. I’ve been working in a pantry in New York State for several years and I adore the people in the line. For the most part they are working against all odds to get through life.
I wish more people felt as you do.
Peace and food for all.
Thurman Greco