Recapturing the Lost Art of Civil Discourse

Recapturing the Lost Art of Civil Discourse

It seems as if everyone is mourning the death of civil discourse these days. Last spring, distressed by a cultural inability to have productive and meaningful conversations, four friends and I pitched an idea for a new student organization at Baylor University, which...
Be Kind: A Simple Practice to Change the World

Be Kind: A Simple Practice to Change the World

Alex Kotlowitz is one of my favorite non-fiction writers. He wrote a remarkable book in 1992 titled There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America. It’s the story of Lafeyette and Pharoah Rivers, 11- and 9-year-old brothers...
Making the Case Against Empathy

Making the Case Against Empathy

I worked in a large hostel for 140 homeless people in the mid-1990s. One resident (let’s call him Brian) had incredibly strong body odor. His lack of personal hygiene and reluctance to wash his clothes became a real issue. It led to snide comments from other...