Dr Joseph Chuman

Reclaiming the Light Amid the Darkness

Donald Trump’s mind is like buckshot; concocted thoughts spew out impulsively in all directions. The problem is that he is president of the United States, commanding extraordinary power, and his verbal ejaculations hint at policy or are policy. Divining his intentions is akin to predicting the future by reading
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What it Means to be Human

I have devoted my past five platform addresses to the political maelstrom that lies ahead. As powerful as the impulse to speak again about the political circumstances we are in and the dangers we face, I want to temporarily turn away from that theme and devote my February talk to a topic closer to the […]
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Truth in the Era of Trump

In the blink of an eye, Donald Trump has brushed aside all that we cherish: Sophistication, intelligence, nuance, the educated mind, science, logical consistency, the authority of evidence and facts, and at bottom, truth itself. These pillars of civilization, society and humane interaction have been swept to the
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Finding Hope, Despite Our Despair After the Election

By Dr. Joseph Chuman, leader of the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County With the presidential election decided, I feel like I am in a science-fiction movie having just landed on a desolate, dark planet and bad things are going to happen. But I don’t know what they are. As a result, I am anxious, […]
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Repairing Our Democratic Values

By Dr. Joseph Chuman, leader of The Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County It’s hard to get excited about them. It’s much harder to get militant in their defense. In fact, it makes one feel a little foolish even to try. But try we must. What I’m referring to are liberal values. It’s much easier […]
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Politics as Tribalism

By Dr. Joseph Chuman, Leader of The Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County It is as frightening as it is mysterious. Donald Trump did not create it, but he has catapulted it to new heights, though “depths” would be a more accurate metaphor. He also exemplifies its greatest danger. What I am referring to is […]
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Staying Sane When the World Seems Not to Be – Sept. 11, 2016

Dr. Joseph Chuman, Leader The Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County As Ethical Culturists, we are attuned to the wider world. And today, to be so attuned is head-spinning. I am referring to the current presidential campaign, which is unprecedented in American history; unprecedented and almost surreal. We go to
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The Seeds of Discontent

Hanging on a wall in my home is an unusual poster, given to me as gift by a member of the Society many years ago. Entitled “Panta Rhei” or “All Things Flow” in Greek, it’s an artistic timeline depicting the history of Western thought from the time of ancient Athens to the middle of the […]
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The Orlando Massacre

The tenor of American society has become very shrill and an illness courses through its veins at levels deeper than its idolatrous worship of personal weapons.
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