• When I Was a Child

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child.

When I was a child I learned signs and tokens.

When I was a child I looked for wonders, I prayed for miracles.

But when I became a man I learned to put away childish things.

There is enough magic in the world without our inventing any…

 

the aurora borealis

the aurora australis

the Milky Way

the alchemy that turns boys into men

the joy of sex

the wonder of new life

biodiversity

tropical rain forests

coral reefs

deserts

oceans

meteors

the Sun

the moon

the stars

rocks

fossils

space

time

silence

metacognition

love

hate

bliss

sorrow

art

music

birdsong

whale song

crickets

running

swimming

climbing

the immune system

dreams

good food

good smells

fermentation

light

sound

gravity

the vigor of youth

the wisdom of old age

evergreens in the dead of winter

new life in spring

mountains

valleys

rivers

plains

the melancholy adventure that is death

war

peace

clouds

sunsets

rain

hail

snow

wind

the sound of waves

tides

icebergs

icicles

stalagmites

stalactites

minerals

metals

fire

thunderstorms

fair weather

foul weather

mud puddles

grass

brooks

floods

famines

flowers

fruit

lovers

mentors

children

friends

foes

the moon

eclipses

constellations

consolations

reconciliations

• Hippocratic Oath for Celebrities

Hippocratic Oath for Celebrities

I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:

I will remember that with great power comes great responsibility.

I will remember that my celebrity is not tantamount to expertise, much less authority, on matters alien to my immediate talents (and often not even those). I will not be ashamed to say, “I know not,” nor will I fail to defer to actual experts.

I will not insert myself of my own volition into global politics and international diplomacy. I will not proselytize my religion. I will not promulgate pseudoscience and other nonsense.

I will respect the dignity and fortunes of my admirers for it is only by their support that I am successful. I will not abuse our relationship by surreptitiously shilling products or under any other guise than express paid celebrity endorsement. I will hold myself accountable to my admirers to practice laudable business ethics.

I will not underscore income and other inequalities by broadcasting endlessly about sensational trivia.

I will remember that I remain a member of society with unique ethical obligations to my fellow human beings.

I must not play at god or goddess, king or queen–I will not speak for anyone but myself.

Above all I will remember that my excrement also stinks.

If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life, art, etc., respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to enrich and inspire and may I long experience the joy of my vocation, such as it is. If I transgress it and swear falsely, may the opposite of all this be my lot.

 

 

 

With thanks to Louis Lasagna, who wrote the modern Hippocratic oath used widely in medicine and the anonymous framers of the ancient Hippocratic oath.

See also this journal article about “mission creep” in the celebrity industry:

http://www.researchgate.net/publication/227197452_Ethics_of_Celebrities_and_Their_Increasing_Influence_in_21st_Century_Society/file/32bfe51422b7982f7c.pdf

And this case study:

http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2014/01/31/3935443.htm

And this excellent post:

http://elliegillingham.wordpress.com/2011/03/22/the-ethics-of-celebrity-endorsement-via-social-media-sites/

• World News Outlet Landing Pages Wed May 14 2014

A broad swath of landing page screen captures from several dozen world news outlets gathered over a period of a few hours. Compare and contrast at will! (In no particular order.)

 

 

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