Five for Friday: Meaning of Home, Trolling Milo, Six-Hour Workdays

CHICAGO, IL (February 10, 2016) — Covenanters routinely share links to social media articles and videos that Covenant News Service believes may be of interest to others. Each Friday we post five of them. Following is a sample of those submissions—their inclusion does not represent an endorsement by the Covenant of any views expressed.

Star Trek: 50 Years of Humanist Values

While Star Trek may be popular for the noble values it portrays, for a show that boasted about not interfering in other cultures, that’s what the crew did in almost every episode.

From the article: “One of the most distinct features of Star Trek, which makes it so different from all other science fiction series that are produced all the time, is that there are no invasions happening here. Alien movies bring with them a fear and often involve fighting, killing and other violence. However, the different extra-terrestrial beings in Star Trek seem only interested to study other species and never show a desire to invade and rule others. The belief shared by all beings is that every species should be left on their own, to develop by themselves without interference by other species.”

An Illustrated Celebration of What Home Can Mean

And a children’s book shall teach them. This article offers an illustrated review of Carson Ellis’s book Home, whose images celebrate both our diversity and shared humanity.

From the article: “What emerges is a playful and tender reminder that however different our walks of life—what contrast there is between the Slovakian duchess’s mansion and the Kenyan blacksmith’s shack, between the babushka’s kitchen and the artist’s studio!—we are united by our deep desire for a place to call home.”

After Two Years of Trying Six-Hour Workdays, These Companies Say It Worked

Maybe you should accidently leave this article on the desk of your human resources director or supervisor.

From the article: “Our work is a lot about problem solving and creativity, and we don’t think that can be done efficiently for more than six hours….So we produce as much as—or maybe even more than—our competitors do in their eight-hour days.”

Stop Playing into the Milo Trolling Playbook

Author Ryan Holiday wants us to stop the people he inspired to manipulate the media for their own ends. We would do well to pay attention.

From the article: “That’s what’s so misguided about what happened at UC Berkeley. From what I understand, most of the violence was perpetrated by infiltrators who were looking to sow chaos and destruction. Yet many of the peaceful protesters and organizers have admitted that they too were attempting to shut down Milo’s talk. The last thing you ever want to do is give an opponent the moral high ground—and attempts to suppress, intimidate and revoke constitutional rights do exactly that.”

Who’s on First: Maybe No One in Extra Innings

No! No! No!

The MLB is considering a rule change that would start extra innings with a runner on second base. They would do better to follow up on the proposed rule to limit the number of relief pitchers per inning.




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Stan Friedman is the news and online editor for the Covenant Companion and is grateful for the opportunity to serve in a job that combines his newspaper and pastoral ministry experience. He has been to 15 Bruce Springsteen concerts in four cities and listened to “Thunder Road” an average of at least once a day for 41 years.

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