Author Archives: Roger S. Gottlieb

About Roger S. Gottlieb

Professor of Philosophy Author Public speaker I write, teach and speak about spiritual life in an age of ecocide, religious environmentalism, and the intersection of progressive politics and spiritual transformation.

Futures

  Futures Roger S. Gottlieb gottlieb@wpi.edu I have seen the future brother: it is murder. Leonard Cohen All this is true, it just hasn’t happened yet. Edward Abbey I Adam I haven’t been outside for 2 days, and I’m getting … Continue reading

Posted in Climate despair, Climate future, Cultural criticism, Environmental ethics | Tagged , | Leave a comment

About Death, II

My last blog ended by comparing our lives to a song, and with the reflection: But if we live with awareness and gratitude, compassion and love, we will face the end of the song with grace, knowing that the composer … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Amour, Death, Song

  That was the day of the white chrysanthemums, so magnificent I was almost fearful…And then, then you came to take my soul…                Rilke   For someone way beyond middle age Amour is, as we used to say, quite … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

What difference does it make if torture works?…and a few other questions…

 What difference does it make if torture works? Is that all we need to know about it? Is it possible that we shouldn’t torture people even if it does work? By analogy: We could probably eliminate a good deal … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural criticism, Spiritual life, Spiritualty and Politics, Uncategorized, Violence | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Zero Dark 30 made me cry, but it wasn’t the torture scenes…

It’s not that the torture scenes weren’t pretty bad. They were: the bruised face, haunted eyes, scarred skin, and gradual deterioration from arrogant jihadist to a helpless, broken body pleading for mercy. But that didn’t make me cry, for when … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Holiday spirit getting you down? Try Holiday spirituality instead…

This means to make the simple but often incredibly difficult decision to meet life’s difficulties with self-awareness, acceptance, gratitude, compassion, and love. (This is the position developed in my new book: Spirituality: What it Is and Why it Matters—a book … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Gratitude and (of all things) Politics

America’s annual consumerism orgasm is just passed. And if a little bit of post-sex let-down is to be expected, it may also be that some of us view the whole thing with negative feelings ranging from mild distaste to horror. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment