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Thursday, February 22, 2024

John Hancock

John Hancock had a first career as a symphony orchestra musician and was a faculty member at University of Michigan. He has advanced degrees in music performance from Boston University and U.M. Arts management was his way of problem-solving and expanding the public participation. He was orchestra manager of the Toledo Symphony, executive director of the Spokane Symphony and the Pasadena Pops and chief operating officer of the Milwaukee Symphony. Currently he’s an Eagle Scout, a Rotarian, a liberal libertarian of an Iowa small-town self-sufficiency and was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War. A childhood Methodist, he now instead pursues ideas of commonality among religions and philosophies. Volunteerism in civic, political and social services work draws him to town from his forest home outside Spokane. Since 2006, his Deep Creek Consulting has aided non-profit organizations in grantwriting and strengthbuilding.

The Golden Rule: I’m not so sure

It seems self-serving to imagine that good behavior from others must fit our own definition.

What the Dalai Lama taught Me About Universal Compassion

Joseph Campbell is one of my favorite authors about the inspiring commonality of the cultural and spiritual practices of tribes all over the world, from the ancients up to now.

What is compassion?

All the religions and most of the philosophies encourage compassion, though it’s known by many names, explanations and scriptural references.

Religion and Patriotism: Love your enemy

Jesus was not a patriot. His anti-establishment non-violence seems pretty clear: turn the other cheek, love your enemies, do good to those who harm you, put away your sword, etc.

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