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War. Can it be ended?

The other day my brother and my wife were arguing about war.  One felt that war was something to be understood and managed, a sort of necessary evil that often achieved positive ends.  The other felt that war was never justifiable or desirable.  One pointed out that, in the case of the second world war, simply not fighting and allowing…

Public response to tragedy: The five stages

The recent attacks in Paris (and so many other cities around the world, before and after) shocked the world, in the way that only terrorist attacks do.  But as the days passed, while people mourned, looked for somebody to blame, or swore revenge, I noticed a pattern in how the public responds to tragedy.  I’ve noticed these common threads form over…