International Year of Moderation, 2019

The International Year of Moderation 2019 (IYM2019) was declared in a UN General Assembly resolution in December 2017. It is one of three UN international years being observed in 2019 - the other two concerning Indigenous Languages (IYIL2019) and the Periodic Table (IYPT2019) - but so far the one getting the least attention. IYM 2019 … Continue reading International Year of Moderation, 2019

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International Year of the Periodic Table, 2019

Another of the three United Nations (UN) year-long observances for 2019 is the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT2019), which has its opening ceremony today at UNESCO in Paris. This year marks the 150th anniversary of Dmitri Mendeleev‘s discovery of the periodic system and publication of the first periodic table(1869). It was on this basis that in … Continue reading International Year of the Periodic Table, 2019

International Year of Indigenous Languages, 2019

Earlier today, the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL2019) was officially launched at UNESCO in Paris. There will also be an event on February 1 at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. The theme of the year, “Indigenous languages matter for sustainable development, peace building and reconciliation,” echoes the “Languages matter” theme of the 2008 International Year of Languages. It … Continue reading International Year of Indigenous Languages, 2019

World Religion Day 2019: Protestant-Catholic relations in 2 American towns, in the mid-1800s

On this World Religion Day, an international observance dedicated to interfaith dialogue begun by American Baha’is in the late 1940s, I’d like to spotlight Protestant-Catholic relations in two locations in the United States where a branch of my family once lived. The first is Fitchburg in northern Worcester County, Massachusetts, where the first Catholic church in … Continue reading World Religion Day 2019: Protestant-Catholic relations in 2 American towns, in the mid-1800s

“They” – a 1971 perspective on othering

As a sophomore at Willowbrook High School in 1971, I penned a short piece entitled “They” for the holiday edition of the school’s newspaper, The Skyline. It is republished below with 3 minor copyedits (!). There is a lot I’d word differently if I were to write this today – after lots more education and life experience. Such … Continue reading “They” – a 1971 perspective on othering

[LI] West of ikigai: Skilled, motivated, & paid, but not needed?

The ikigai meme - a Venn diagram intended to show how overlapping of work you Love, are Good at, that the world (or some part of it) Needs, and that you can be Paid for can lead to finding purpose (ikigai) - seems to me to lend itself to discussion of aggregates of work. I previously "misused" this diagram in that way … Continue reading [LI] West of ikigai: Skilled, motivated, & paid, but not needed?

Depth of language, limits of leaders

The first three characters in the Chinese saying, 天行健,君子以自強不息, "tiān xíng jiàn" (which have a meaning perhaps something like "heavens in ceaseless motion"). A recent blog article on difficulties China's president Xi Jinping had with some literary references in Chinese bring to mind two separate but intersecting issues: the cultural depth of languages; and language … Continue reading Depth of language, limits of leaders