The novel also deals with several sensitive issues such as suicide and the onset of sexuality in adolescence. Jonas, under the encouragement of The Giver, explores aspects of human nature that are never faced by the other members of the community. Jonas thus, in significant ways, becomes more of a mature adult than his parents are. Whereas his parents have never experienced the Stirrings and thus have suppressed all sexual desire, Jonas eventually ceases taking the pills in favor of embracing this aspect of his coming of age. The inclusion of such topics as budding sexuality has in the past led The Giver to be banned by many school libraries, but defenders have argued that it is important to engage topics of death and sexuality among young adults.
If surpluses are used in charity, or in cooperatives for human purposes such as home-building for the less affluent, life necessarily becomes simpler and the ideal of voluntary poverty cannot be far behind. The Christian doctrine of property becomes a reality, namely the retaining of a sufficiency of goods for an adequate life and the sharing of the remainder with the needy. In point of fact, millions of Christians, working for wages, actually live out this teaching on property. How else do we explain the world-wide network of the works of mercy supported by the small gifts of the many, Though there are Catholic millionaires, the masses of Catholics are rather the victims than the beneficiaries of corporations as they roam about the world seeking profits.
Becoming Moses: Part I*
Somewhere in Between
Hearing Voices: Counterpoint in the Epic of Moses
A Band of Brothers and the Herd Mentality
Joseph: Fallen Hero Rising
Calming the Tempest of Religious Strife
The Undoing of Abraham
Torah on a Mobius Strip
As this Year Goes Out
Darwin in the Garden
What Fruit Grows on the Tree of Knowledge?
Reclaining Liberty Part II: Schools & our Children
What Does a Dove Know?
Rendering (and Riffing on) Ecclesiastes
Frederick William Zackel Thomas Pynchon Makes Me Giggle
God Is A Tool And A Weapon
The Devil Still Pirouettes Among Us
Gods And Penises
Tis The Season We Commence
Ratcheting Our Way Up The Evolutionary Latter
Lying In Front Of The Kids
Willie Noir and the Consequences of Sin
Epiphany At The Waterhole, Part 3
Epiphany At The Waterhole, Part 2
Mark Twain, The N Word, And Compassion
Epiphany At The Water Hole (Part 1)
Olivia Zhu Who Can Afford to Call 911?
A Haiku Primer and Sea Slugs
Chiyo-ni, Issa, and Their Children
A Litany of Images
“Sad Steps” toward a Sedate Style
Ignatz on Road Trip
Return to a May Swenson Poem
What everyone is Getting Wrong about Predictive Policing
Johnny . Reilly, Being Free
Old King in the New World: Restraint and Art in 'Madame X'
Randolyn Zinn An Interview with Jeffrey Renard Allen
Postcard from Spain #3 - Arcos De La Fontera Part 2
Postcard from Spain #2
Postcard from Spain
Martin Moran's "All the Rage"
Ed Bilous: 21st Century Music Man
This Beautiful Book: An interview with novelist Helen Schulman
Pina: A Film By Wim Wenders
Director's Notes: Exploring Our Town
Karen Swenson's Trek Through Poetry And The Wide World
Fortune Favors The Bold
Somebody Nailed My Dress to the Wall
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Stamp Your Feet. Hard.