The Christian Science Monitor editorial on the facing page points to an inspiring example of how people can come together in a spirit of unity to improve the world we live in. Contrastingly, we all know that sinking feeling when collaboration with others is difficult or missing entirely.
For decades, the Arctic has been viewed as a problem, a place of tension between nations with competing claims to its potential wealth, especially as the ice cap recedes. The top of the world might become a new Wild West.
First Nation, Métis, and Inuit people in Canada are experiencing a spiritual and cultural resurgence, contributing more and more to the visual arts, theater, music, film, and politics. At the same time the whole country is moving beyond injustices toward these groups to effect national reconciliation between them and other Canadians.
After he declared victory over Islamic State (ISIS) on December 9, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi made an important promise to address the wide distrust between Sunnis and Shiites—which was the root cause of ISIS’s rise. “Iraq today is for all Iraqis,” he said, citing the rare unity of military forces during the final push against ISIS.
World Kindness Day was November 13. A “random acts of kindness” event, #RAKFriday2017, was November 24.
How many people honored last year’s World Kindness Day on Nov. 13, preferably with a random act of kindness? How many even knew about it? By one indicator, probably fewer than in previous years.
Unless you’re a mathematician, you probably don’t spend much time thinking about the notion of infinity. Given even a bit more thought, though, it’s something we all might benefit from every day of our lives.
With so much news being about the scarcity of things, it may be easy to overlook news about infinity, or rather our understanding of it. Last July, two scholars were awarded one of the highest honors in math for solving a problem that had stumped mathematicians for seven decades: whether two variations of infinity expressed in sets of numbers are the same.
The seventeen-year-old was sitting slouched in his chair, looking completely bored. He was a resident of a government correctional facility, following a criminal conviction.
Last year marked the 50th anniversary of a landmark report on criminal justice titled “The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society. ” Written by a special commission appointed by President Lyndon Johnson, it called for “a revolution in the way America thinks about crime.