Si’ahl and Non-violence

The Dawes Act and subsequent legislation may have benefitted white settlers, but it provided the framework that reduced many proud Native American tribes and their holy traditions to poverty and disrespect. In honor of Si’ahl’s stand on non-violence, tVM is proud to print the ‘Prayer to the Four Directions’ attributed to Chief Seattle with the …

Etty Hillesum, March 9, 1941

On March 12, 1941, Etty Hillesum wrote in her diary, “‘Melodious rolls the world from God’s right hand.’  This line by Vewey was stuck in my head all day.  I too wanted to roll melodiously out of God’s hand.” Me, too!  I want to join Etty Hillesum in her quest!  We all can, and it …

The Economy of Hunger …

As a participant and supporter of Heifer International, I received a welcoming brochure in the mail this afternoon.  According to Heifer International, 852 million people around the world are chronically hungry and 25,000 people die every single day from poverty and hunger.  I looked for another source.  According to Starvation.net, one person dies needlessly every …

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In August 2011, we posted an item that featured Dr. Martin Luther King.  As we observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day today in his honor, I wanted to re-post an important part of the original item from August 2011 that emphasizes each man’s obligation to act now and do the right thing. I do not …

tVM 2011 Summary

We initiated The Vitruvian Man, In Search of Kalos Kagathos blog seven months ago, in May 2011.  As we approach the end of the year, I want to share with you some observations on tVM in 2011. I hope that this blog has encouraged you to explore your spirituality and to explore how you interact …

Clarence Oddbody on Each Man’s Life

As Tom Shadyac professes in his film “I AM:”  we are all connected.  Each person on this planet is connected to every other man, woman and child, and it goes deeper still … all of creation is connected.  Our connectivity mandates that we make good choices because even the least of our actions affects the …

The Christmas Story

Most people — certainly those younger than 60 — may only know “Ben-Hur” as a chariot race that appeared in the 1959 Academy Award-winning film starring the late Charlton Heston.  That film used to be telecast regularly during the Christmas season, but it seems in recent years, we’re more apt to look for Ralphie in …

Let There Be Peace on Earth

God created the universe for Creation to enjoy, not destroy. tVM As the Christian world prepares to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, we take note of the fact that — according to Wars in the World.com updated November 29, 20011 — 56 countries on planet Earth are engaged in conflict. …

The Star Thrower

Yesterday as we drove down I-10, my friend Gerry told me the starfish story he heard … As the story goes, the beach was littered with thousands of starfish struggling to return to the sea.  Amid them was a young girl.  She picked them up one by one and began tossing them back into the …

Lost and Found

In our professional lives and in our personal lives, we need to know four things: where we’ve been where we are where we are going and how we are going to get there. If a man knows those four things, his chances of making a positive impact on the world are greatly increased. There are …