Winter 2023-2024: COMFORT & JOY

“The insight that joy can arise from discomfort like a lotus from mud
is supported by another: that our lives, and the universe in which we live them, are meaningful and good, and that realization of this can bring comfort and joy in equal measure.”

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Death, the Dark Brain and Transformations in Light, by Edward Bruce Bynum

ByEdward Bruce BynumFeb 1, 2023
Death, the Dark Brain and Transformations in Light, by Edward Bruce Bynum

Many people may be surprised to learn that the surface of our brain is actually dark and that this darkness has consequences for our experience…

A Welcome Oasis: The 27th All & Everything International Humanities Conference, by Keith Badger

ByKeith BadgerAug 5, 2022
A Welcome Oasis: The 27th All & Everything International Humanities Conference, by Keith Badger

I would first and foremost like to follow an age-old injunction that every writer, before giving out any advice or critique to anyone else, should…

My Ancestor, by David Guy

ByDavid GuyMay 26, 2022
My Ancestor, by David Guy

In my mid-thirties I found myself in Dante’s dark wood, where my way was entirely lost.  My marriage was falling apart.  My primary mentor, Reynolds…

Parabola Podcast Episode 50: FIRE

ByParabola EditorsSep 2, 2021
Parabola Podcast Episode 50: FIRE

Story editor Betsy Cornwell shares excerpts from the Fall 2021 issue of Parabola Magazine, Fire, including the lead essay by Sufi master Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, “Fire…

Parabola Podcast Episode 49: Young & Old

ByParabola EditorsMay 14, 2021
Parabola Podcast Episode 49: Young & Old

Our younger selves seed what we become and, as we age, we carry our earlier years with us. A sage elderly woman once told me,…

“What Dreams May Come”: Ancient holistic healing at the Asklepion, by Seraphim Winslow

BySeraphim WinslowFeb 19, 2021
The Asklepion at Kos.

 The word “holistic” is rooted in the ancient Greek word ὅλος (holos), meaning “all, whole, entire.” It is cognate with the English adjective “whole,” a…

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The Golden Rule Pledge

All life strives to incorporate the principle of the Golden Rule. Directing our attention toward understanding this most basic principle gives us a reasonable, common sense, and compassionate direction in anything we do. Remembering to use the Golden Rule in our own lives transforms our relationship with ourselves, with others, and with planet Earth.


1stStrive and Incorporate: I will strive to understand the meaning of the Golden Rule for myself and how I wish to incorporate it in my life, recognizing that this effort is sometimes hard and yet always helpful. This is my pledge.

2ndInvite and Request: I will invite others to do the same: live by the Golden Rule. We can change the world for the better when we apply the Golden Rule in all organizations: environmental, civic, legal, economic, educational, political, or social entities, including religious and faith traditions. This is my petition.

3rdStand in Unity: I will join with those on this planet who wish to take real responsibility toward compassion and fairness; and to build an understanding with others about what is to be done based upon the principle of the Golden Rule. Simply stated,

Treat others and the Earth the way you want to be treated

Respect for All Life is the foundation.
The Great Law of Peace, Native American

The Golden Rule Project will continuously make the results of this pledge/petition/proclamation available for all to see and utilize. The more of us who agree and sign, the more power we share as we petition our representatives to live by and apply the Golden Rule in real life situations. This is our Proclamation.