COVID, Protests, Redefining & Understanding Life, Liberty, Happiness 7.13.20

Fran Maier: Lumping real persons into abstractions of class, or race, or religion we disincarnate them, abstract them as impersonal data; abstract problems invite abstract solutions; parables and stories are incarnational, they teach truths, help us see why we’re alive, how we should live, and what the world means; knowing the truth is being freed by it.

Kathryn Lopez: Amid much uncertainty about who we are, what our lives mean, what being American means as statues are torn down and protests persist; William F. Buckley speech on what Americanism is and seeks to be, noting some people dispute that it can be defined; our task is turning around ‘corrosive cynicism’, uphold ideals & principles