Engaging with a Forked Up Society: “The Good Place” vs “Civil Disobedience”

There’s a lot of talk around the Yale campus about being “complicit.” The idea is that if you put money into a system that is participating in immoral actions, you are engaging in immoral actions. Are we complicit in immorality simply by participating in society? One exploration of this question comes in the NBC show “The Good Place,” which examines how to make moral decisions in the interconnected modern world. A much earlier attempt to address the problem of perpetuating a broken system came from Henry David Thoreau in “Civil Disobedience,” who discussed how to deal with a government that supported immoral practices. Continue reading Engaging with a Forked Up Society: “The Good Place” vs “Civil Disobedience”

Thanos and Theodicy: Why don’t we just fix the world? (Part 1)

by Bradley Yam, SY ’21 Imagine that you are given a glove that granted you magical god-like powers over all of human life everywhere. You would only need to snap your fingers, and it would in some way make the … Continue reading Thanos and Theodicy: Why don’t we just fix the world? (Part 1)

Logos Listens: Flood Waters, Josh Garrels

Over winter break I had the chance to ask a member of a national disaster recovery team what he believed was the hardest disaster do deal with – his unhesitating reply was “floods”. This folksy melody by Josh Garrels inhales the terror and wreckage of something so destructively overpowering and exhales peace – peace, not from ignorance of the things that threaten to overcome us but from the assurance of something much, much stronger. Continue reading Logos Listens: Flood Waters, Josh Garrels