Appearance, gender, and happiness

To live happily, how much does your appearance really matter? Appearance is often in the news, because it interests all of us. But though we all know it’s fun to talk about appearances, we also know it has a dark side. When journalists and scholars discuss the politics of appearance, they tend express pathological concerns. Appearance competitions, dress codes, and

Happiness and temptation: devil’s curse or God’s plan?

Can temptation be enjoyable in its own right? Isn’t it sometimes good to give in to temptations? The Pope says the Lord’s prayer unfairly blames God, rather than the Devil, for leading humans into temptation. Theological sophistries aside, might there be some benefit in a global conversation about what temptation is all about, and what roles it plays in the good life?