Reflections From a Refugee – Foreigners or Fellow Humans?
I’m an Iranian Refugee I remember the night when the police came knocking on our door. We were refugees in Turkey, having fled from Iran with my mother and sister. A family had taken us in, they were refugees themselves. The father of the family treated me like his own son, who was about my […]
Is the Unexamined Life Worth Living?
Socrates is famous for having said that, “the unexamined life is not worth living.” Disoriented from its context, the line sounds like a pointless platitude, worthy of a refrigerator magnet. But Socrates utters these words in a dialogue not penned by him, but by Plato (according to Plato’s dramas, Socrates did not write anything until […]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a stunning new exhibit: “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” To view it in its entirety, one has to make a “pilgrimage” to three zones—the MET 5th Avenue, the MET Cloisters, and the Anna Wintour Costume Institute. The last houses a collection of papal bling from the Vatican, […]