vol. 6, num. 9 :: 2007.05.04 — 2007.05.18
Planes and trains, people and places—various kinds of fuels feed their motion and existence. The coal-fired power plant keeps the lights on in the corner coffee shop where pop music propels a student toward the concluding paragraph. What principles guide our choices for what fuels our transportation and places? Beyond energizing our physical bodies, what powers our minds and spirits?
A tension of thought reveals itself in physical symptoms.
On the energy that results from tension within the self and within communities.
A reflection on the energizing power, for better or worse, of imagination.
On finding the energy to change the world through environmental practices.
A blessing for our passions to be energized by the long view.
A review of the film Pan’s Labyrinth exploring the film's imaginative qualities.
Is NIN’s Year Zero the beginning of the beginning?
Can the American church remember its purpose and reclaim its identity?
Why we should do these things anyway.
Is transportation a moral issue?
Tim Flannery explodes the myth of the hydrogen economy.
Scott McLemee reviews a book about the bogey (wo)man of 20th century Christianity, Madalyn Murray O’Hair.
Magazine readers write on that often-energizing force of rebellion.
What happened was, I got the idea in my head –- and I could not get it out –-that college was just one more dopey, inane place in the world dedicated to piling up treasure on earth and everything. I mean treasure is treasure, for heaven’s sake. What’s the difference whether the treasure is money, or property, or even culture, or even just plain knowledge? … Sometimes I think that knowledge –- when it’s knowledge for knowledge’s sake, anyway –- is the worst of all…. I don’t think it would have all got me quite so down if just once in a while — just once in a while — there was at least some polite little perfunctory implication that knowledge should lead to wisdom, and that if it doesn’t, it’s just a disgusting waste of time! But there never is! You never even hear any hints dropped on a campus that wisdom is supposed to be the goal of knowledge. You hardly ever even hear the word “wisdom” mentioned!
in J.D. Salinger’s Franny and Zooey
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