Stress Tests

By Dr. Jim Ferguson “Our world is not divided by race, color, gender or religion. Our world is divided into wise people and fools. And fools divide themselves by race, color, gender or religion.” Nelson Mandela   These days we hear a lot about divisiveness and especially the generational characteristics of millennials. I have written […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson “When compared to the suppression of anarchy, every other question sinks into insignificance. The anarchist is the enemy of humanity, the enemy of all mankind…his is a deeper degree of criminality than any other.” Teddy Roosevelt, 1908   Humans tend to think that their moment in time or their experience is […]


“Those who say they have no interest in the affairs of the polis (city-state), we say they have no business here at all.” (paraphrased from The Funeral Oration) Pericles of Athens 490 BC   By Dr. Jim Ferguson I like alliteration and lately I have been considering words beginning with the letter “L.” Last week […]



By Dr. Jim Ferguson “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.” George Orwell. Well, Boo Radley has come out. You remember, the character played by Robert Duval in the movie adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” However, I’m referring to Joe […]

Spiritual Entropy

By Dr. Jim Ferguson “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.” James Madison from the Federalist Papers I collect quotes, sometimes even my own! But then I also collect and memorize verses of scripture especially meaningful to me. Memorization was very important in antiquity. Traveling raconteurs would actually recite the Iliad from memory […]

The Best Medicine

By Dr. Jim Ferguson “The first reaction to truth is hatred.” Tertullian (c 200 AD)   Why do humans seem to preferentially dwell on what they lack rather than what they have? Recently, I’ve been thinking about positivity and the contrasting negativity, notably seen in the media and politics. Maybe I’m just isolated in Knoxville, […]

Reductio ad Absurdum

By Dr. Jim Ferguson As my readers know I like words; not just to be pedantic (bookish), but pedagogical (educational), because I’m a teacher at heart. Previously I’ve noted that the word doctor derives from the Latin word docere, which means to teach. I teach medical students, nurses, staff, patients, colleagues and those who will […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson With all the miserable news that daily bombards us, is it any wonder why people are despondent and huddle in fear? The journalistic mantra of, “If it bleeds, it leads,” is on full display these days. A recent Gallup poll found that 84% of Americans believe the media is the major […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson Last week I touched on the subject of education, historically designed to teach students the tools for discourse (the 3 Rs) and how to think clearly (reason). If done correctly and without indoctrination, education will provide the springboard for a lifetime of learning. Curiosity is also integral to learning, but not […]


By Dr. Jim Ferguson There are many casualties of the Wuhan flu, “modern” liberalism and leftist philosophy. No, in this war in which we find ourselves, I cannot be reserved and politically correct. Going along to get along with the cancel culture crowd only emboldens the mob and tyranny. Daily I pray for strength and […]

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