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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


Bill Moyers Journal – 6 May 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

I’m so glad Bill Moyers is on TV again. Today’s “Bill Moyers Journal” on PBS featured three thought-provoking segments: The first was an interview with Jerry Miller who spent twenty-five years in prison until he was exonerated by DNA analysis provided by the Innocence Project. He was the 200th inmate proven innocent after wrongful conviction. This made me wonder how many others have been wrongfully convicted – even ones who have already died or who have been executed.

The second part featured Jonathan Miller on “Disbelief,” a fascinating look at religion by a medical doctor who abandoned medical practice and became a very successful director of theater, opera, and film in London and New York. “A Brief History of Disbelief,” his recent documentary, airs this month on PBS.

Bill Moyers’ last guest on the hour-long program was Carlo Bonini, an Italian journalist and co-author of “The Collusion” which is about falsified intelligence documents – “junk intelligence.” He said that “journalism matters” and that propaganda is harmful, regardless if it’s from your enemy or from your government; public opinion and democracy have to be protected from propaganda. This was a look at something about which I have heard very little. I didn’t even realize that there was such a thing as “junk intelligence.”

Whether or not I agree with the opinions presented by Bill Moyers’ guests, I do agree with what Socrates said: “The unexamined life is not worth living.” What better way to examine my life than to consider other points of view?

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