Articles by Anthony J. Marsella

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Harbingers
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Mar 2019

I wrote Harbingers to remind myself and others, of the 1950s and 1960s, years of our youth, there were people who warned us of the costs of silence and passivity. Sometimes, courage comes late in life. I did not want to waste another chance. We squander time!

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GODOT (Reconsidered)
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Mar 2019

“Waiting for Godot,” emerged amidst the “beat generation,” in which the absurdities of the time, the sheer contradictions, were captured in ironies, cynicism, despair, and ambivalence. I need express my feelings about current times. Finding in them, parallel, the same absurdities; but the risks, dangers, threats, greater! Does it ever change?

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WAR!
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Mar 2019

War!
Side pitted against other!
Human against human!
Primitive!
Arms against arms!
Belief against belief!
Life, lives, time, … lost!

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Artist in Agony: My Step-Father, Stefano
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Feb 2019

My step-father, Stefano, died in my arms at home at age 66. In the days before his death, he said to me: “The great tragedy of life is so few people have an opportunity to develop their talents.” He knew the agony!

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African American Female Vocalists
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Feb 2019

14 Feb 2019 – I share this tribute to African American female vocalists on Valentine’s Day because they sing and sang of every meaning of love in one way or another: joys, pleasures, struggles, pain, and recovery. Imagine; two centuries of unparalleled talent as individuals and as a group. I have heard many, and many are new to me. Listening to African American Female Vocalists fashioning a song, watching them command presence, and reading about their lives fills me with appreciation and awe.

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Age? . . . Really? Distinctions, Degrees, Nuances
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Jan 2019

28 Jan 2018 – We are more and less than our chronological age! We are, simultaneously, many different ages! Regardless of our chronological age, “distinctions” can be made that position us at younger, older, or “consonant” with our chronological ages as a function of different dimensions of our behavior and existence.

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More Than an “Icon:” Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Enduring Legacy
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Jan 2019

Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize for Civil Rights and Social Justice. King adhered to Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolence. In 1955 he began his struggle to persuade the US Government to declare the policy of racial discrimination in the southern states unlawful. The racists responded with violence to the black people’s nonviolent initiatives. (The Norwegian Nobel Institute)

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Nuclear War and Me: Annihilation Inscribed Across Time and Place
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Dec 2018

Time awaits Poet T.S. Elliot’s prophetic words! And who would be left to affirm Elliot’s insights amidst a nuclear “wasteland?” Why T.S. Elliot’s claim of a “whimper?” “Whimper!” “Whimper” murmurs! Whimper is subdued, timorous, surrender, like a final gasp! “Whimper” a sound preceding silence! I imagined myself “whimpering” in a final surge of life. Annihilation!

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Winter Solstice: “The Day of the Longest Night . . .”
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Dec 2018

I write in awe and reverence of Time! I write with respect for ancients pursuing mastery and control of Time’s mysterious cycles, determining life and lives. On “The Day of the Longest Night,” today calendarized as December 21, uncertainty of light’s return once brought chants, prayers, and sacrifices. Shrines, columns, and monuments were erected to map the past… So, let it be written . . . so, let it be sung . . . So let us honor, Time!

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In Search of Meaning: Thoughts on Belief, Doubt and Wellbeing
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D., 24 Sep 2018

A Twenty-Year Anniversary Reflection: 20 Sep 1999 – 20 Sep 2018 – This paper discusses the spiritual consequences for health and wellbeing associated with a dialogical tension between meaning-making and doubt. Meaning-making is pursued via various complex belief systems: worldviews, philosophies, religions, ideologies, mythologies, and “spiritual paths.

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100 Living Peace and Justice Leaders and Models (List #4)
Anthony J. Marsella and Kathleen Malley-Morrison – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Aug 2018

3 Aug 2018 – As in prior published Lists, individuals cited on List #4 represent a variety of demographic markers, including gender, ethnicity, race, age, nation, religion, and life-style persuasion and preference. By accessing the URL accompanying the person’s name, you can read of their peace and justice activism and advocacy. Our choice of the number,100, is arbitrary, for there are thousands of individuals who deserve citation.

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Identity in a Global Era: Individual, Collective, National, “Existential” Considerations
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Jul 2018

30 Jul 2018 – This paper is an overview of a complex topic, “Identity,” an essential concern in a number disciplines (e.g., anthropology, child development, medicine, politics, psychology, sociology). There is considerable debate within and across the disciplines regarding the nature of identity and its dynamics. This paper summarizes some of the major dimensions.

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Acculturation and Human Relationships: Essential Encounters of “Cultural Constructions of Reality”
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jun 2018

Acculturation is the key to understanding the dynamics and consequences of all human relationships. Acculturation, is in my opinion the most important “concept” for understanding the nature, meaning, and outcome of human being encounters and interactions, and perhaps, in a way yet to be determined, also for animal species.

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War
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 May 2018

What more can be said of war
That has not already been said,
That has not already been written,
That has not already been sung in song,
Recited in verse, shared in epic tales?

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Twenty Arbiters for Policy Decisions and Actions: A Template for Our Times
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 May 2018

5 May 2018 – Perhaps it would be helpful to keep before us the various aspirations for society’s models supportive of nature and human life. Idealistic? Of course! But, if we deny the possible, then reality fills the gaps with less than laudatory choices.

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Homogenization of Psychotherapy and Counseling: Scientific, Professional, Ethical/Moral Issues, Risks, and Directions
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Apr 2018

28 Apr 2018 – In a time and era when people of contrasting cultural diversity are coming into contact on a daily basis, it is incumbent dominant, historical, and conventional Western therapists and counselors learn the nature, procedures, and wisdom of traditional non-Western therapies, and in the process, re-consider the cultural context of their own practices.

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Reflections on the Cultural Construction of Reality: Assumptions, Issues, Directions
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. - TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Apr 2018

There is an inherent human impulse in the human brain and body to describe, understand, and predict the world through the processing and ordering of stimuli. Culture is a concept and construct. It is a word and terms. It joins thousands of other concepts among social, psychological, and behavioral disciplines, and is essential foundation for “culture” disciplines and professions.

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Welcome to the Land of King!
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Apr 2018

A Memorial Commentary on the April 4, 2018 Anniversary of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s Assassination – Ladies and Gentlemen, I write to you today from Atlanta, Georgia, USA, birthplace and national shrine of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. (1929–1968), clergyman, civil rights leader, social activist, Nobel Prize Laureate, and martyr to the cause of justice.

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In Pursuit of Peace and Justice: 100 Peace & Justice Leaders and Models (List #3)
Anthony J. Marsella and Kathleen Malley-Morrison – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Mar 2018

Like other prior published Lists, the individuals cited on this List come represent a variety of demographic markers including gender, ethnicity, race, age, nation, religion, and life- style persuasion. By accessing the URL accompanying the person’s name, you can read of their peace and justice activism and advocacy.

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Reflections on the Myths and Ethoses That Promote and Sustain War as a “Way of Life” and Acceptable Moral Code for the USA
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. - TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Feb 2018

19 Feb 2018 – The unassailable truth is that the USA is a culture of war! A culture of war is a shared set of meanings and behaviors that are socialized by macrosocial and microsocial institutions via support for certain cultural myths and ethoses that present war and associated acts of violence and aggression as an acceptable action for pursuing domestic and national goals and purposes

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In Pursuit of Peace and Justice: 100 Peace & Justice Leaders and Models (List #2)
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D., & Kathie Malley-Morrison, Ed.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Feb 2018

14 Feb 2018 – The individuals included on our current list are from all genders, ages, roles. They are from many nations, ethnocultural groups, and “races.” There is a rising tide of commitment to peace and justice; there is an intolerance of the corruption, cronyism, and asymmetric power, sustaining current abuses. There is a new spirit of resistance to the old-world moral order, dominated too long by a limited number of oligarchs and martial nations.

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In Pursuit of Peace and Justice: 100 Peace & Justice Leaders and Models (List #1)
Anthony J. Marsella and Kathleen Malley-Morrison – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jan 2018

26 Jan 2018 – The individuals included on our list are from all genders, ages, roles. They are from many nations, ethnocultural groups, and “races.” We sense a rising tide of commitment to peace and justice, and an intolerance of the corruption, cronyism, and asymmetric power sustaining current abuses. We consider our efforts a beginning, and we will continue to publish new lists. This is because the struggle for peace and justice is endless, and each day new people are rising to the call.

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Welcome to the Land of Luther King!
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Jan 2018

15 Jan 2018 – I write today to tell you the roots of hate, ignorance and evil endure nurtured by the protective veils of government corruption, cronyism, greed, and religious prejudices sanctioned by dogma and custom. I call upon you today to join Luther King’s call to justice, now more than 50 years old as it still echoes throughout our global age. Listen! Can you hear the cries of the masses around the world leading lives of desperation, lives devoid of hope, lives existing from moment to moment, each breath lacking reflexive assurance the next breath will come bringing temporary solace to an aching body and mind.

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Winter Solstice: On This Day of the Longest Night . . .
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Dec 2017

In 2017, Winter in the Northern hemisphere begins on Thu 21 Dec at 16:28 UTC. It is the shortest day of the year; it is the day of the longest night. For thousands of years, humans sought understanding of the cosmic wonder of day and night — the endless cycle of sun and moon.

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The Golden Rule: Eleven World Religions
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Oct 2017

4 Oct 2017 – It is indeed ironic, tragic in fact, that the Golden Rule is considered an essential truth of world religions and yet is abandoned by religions in favor of self-serving social and political goals keeping people apart separated and disconnected. As has been said by wise voices: “There is no other.”

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The Conditions for Human Health and Well-Being Reside in the Psycho-Social Contexts of Life
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Jul 2017

12 Jul 2017 – I call upon the timeless words of Henry David Thoreau, a 19th Century student of Ralph Waldo Emerson (1889-1888), to open this article on the critical consequences of the socio-cultural context for human health and well-being. It is, perhaps, coincidental today is Thoreau’s birthday; his 200th year anniversary, a reminder of the enduring power of great thoughts and words. Guide me, Sir!

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Pashtun Woman: Enduring the Unendurable
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Jun 2017

The words to this lyrical poem, Pashtun Woman, are presented in a rhythm and evocative cadence to the delicate and haunting melody, A Thousand Splendid Suns. The title of this melody was adapted from a Seventeenth-Century Afghan poem, written by Saib e Tabrizi.

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WAR
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 May 2017

For Memorial Day USA – 29 May 2017

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Politics, Power, Peril: Twenty-Four Assumptions for Discussion and Debate ©
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 May 2017

I offer these 24 assumptions regarding politics, power, and peril to promote both public-forum and education-setting discussion and debate. World populations have now consciousness of the consequences of power asymmetries, especially preservation of entrenched financial interests through endless wars and military occupations by cabalistic Western powers. Cui Bono?

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Addressing Fractionation: Principles for Arbitrating the “Common Good”
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 May 2017

There is an urgent need for healing the divisive separation of people, societies, and nations. A continuation of the present intentional and unintentional “fractionation” forebodes a tragic future. Humans and the institutions they have created for collective living, now threaten life and lives as they assert selective group domination and control.

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A Lexicon of Polity “State” Descriptors ©
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. - TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Apr 2017

I sought to identify and list adjectives describing nations, states, and institutions. Adjectives are powerful words used to modify or describe a noun; they help convey or enhance the noun’s possible meanings and impact. We use adjectives many times a day to communicate our feelings or attitudes about a topic. It isn’t enough to discuss a topic, we benefit from immersing the topic in adjectives.

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Afghanistan: Elegy . . . Unfinished Tapestry?
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Apr 2017

I write in sympathy, empathy, compassion, and shared hope.

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“Total War:” Weaponizing and Exporting USA Popular Culture
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Mar 2017

The power of USA popular culture is vast and complex. It has been exported to virtually all nations. It is a “war-like” invasion and occupation of a way-of-life, displacing and overwhelming existing cultural values and practices. Even as the USA is subject to increasing criticism for its abusive and intrusive actions in the culture’s of other nations, USA leaders appear reluctant to accept criticism.

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In Pursuit of Peace: The Cosmic Nature of Our Inner and Outer Journey
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Feb 2017

To understand and to accept the mystery that life and death are one can only enrich our life, and can only promote a greater sense of responsibility to promote life. This is spiritual foundation for living amidst the trials we face as individuals, societies, and nations. It calls upon us to grasp and accept the realities of our existence as the stuff of stars, and to live according to the principles of life inherent in our creation. Let us embrace the reality that I/we/life and the universe are one!

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“Becoming Mars”: Destruction of Life on Earth
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Dec 2016

Burrowes writes with informed conviction of the disastrous consequences of humankind’s presence and actions on Earth. Humanity’s brief, but ruinous period of habitation, has been labeled “The Anthropocene Era.”

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Winter Solstice: On This Day of the Longest Night
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Dec 2016

In 2016, Winter in the Northern hemisphere begins on Wed, 21 Dec, 10:44 a.m. GMT–shortest day of the year. What was this mystery, visible but elusive, recurrent but changing, cyclical but subject to interference from clouds and storms. Cosmic battles! Struggles in the heavens! Messages for those below on Earth, watching!

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Whose Side is “God, god, gods, g _ d,” _ _ _ on? A Reprise and More
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. - TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Oct 2016

17 Oct 2016 – This paper is an expanded version of a paper first published in TMS on Jan 7, 2013, under a similar title. The focus of the first paper was the invocation of “God, god, g _ d” as a “moral” rationale for justifying wars, occupation, and invasion by empires, nations, religions, and dictators. Invoking the moral authority of “God, god, gods, g _ d” is a timeless ploy used to assure military invincibility, enlist public support, and comfort public doubts about consequences of violence, destruction, and war.

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Conscience and Consciousness
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Sep 2016

With uncommon courage and conviction, notable peacemakers, including Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Daniel Berrigan, Philip Berrigan, Helen Caldicott, Glenn Paige, Bell Hooks, Mairead McGuire, Antonio C. S. Rosa, Dalai Lama, Daisaku Ikeda, and scores of others, modeled “conscience” as a way-of-life, accepting the quest for peace must be nurtured and sustained with the totality of one’s being . . . each breath an affirmation of commitment.

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The “Versus” Mentality of Our Times: Twenty-Five Conflicts
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Aug 2016

To a large extent, the “versus” mentality is exemplified in the former President George W. Bush, fateful words: “You are either for us, or against us.” Seeds were planted: “There is a good side, and a bad side.” Seeds of ignorance! How tragic! There will always be different sides; but the challenge to awakened minds is how to engage bring creative solutions to fractious challenges. At the core are differences! Failure to understand the nature and history of differences dooms humanity and the natural world future.

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WAR
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jun 2016

For Memorial Day USA – May 30, 2016

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Global Resources and Challenges for 2016
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Jan 2016

What is different this year – 2016 – is the “global stage” in which the challenges and resources are being tested and contested. It is clear to me we are unable to grasp the “global” level of events and forces. We are unprepared for the magnitude of stage! The problem is our resources, those things we have reflexively, conventionally, and traditionally relied upon (i.e., political, economic, cultural, military) are inadequate in the face of our challenges.

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Reflections on Witnessing the Republican Presidential Candidate Debate
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Dec 2015

At what point do we as a nation acknowledge we have helped create the tragedy of terrorism by our own actions — policies serving our selfish needs and those of a few allies? For this we have thrown the world into chaos and disarray! We cannot continue imposing our will and interests on the world without consequence. Think! Hate begets hate! Nuclear weapons now proliferate.

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A Template for Our Global Era: The Lexical Nexus of Proportion, Process, Ideology
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 May 2015

Human survival and wellbeing are now embedded in a complex interdependent global web of economic, political, social, technical, and environmental events, forces, and changes. This article is simply an effort to call attention — increase awareness — to the events, forces, and powers of our time by acknowledging and presenting the lexical nexus of global era ‘proportions,’ ‘processes,’ and ‘ideologies.’

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War, Peace, Justice: An Unfinished Tapestry…
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Mar 2015

War, peace, and justice are the eternal threads of human history – each thread with distinct symbols, colors, and appeals, each thread with its defining events, forces, heroes, and villains. History is the story of efforts to complete our unfinished tapestry. Until such time, we remain, as Bishop Tutu of South Africa poignantly stated in speaking of survival amid violence and oppression, “Prisoners of hope.”

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Walt Whitman Returns . . .
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Dec 2014

Preface to Leaves of Grass (1855) – What Walt Whitman would say if he appeared in our time? I know he would recognize the betrayal of history’s lessons – humanity’s continued infatuation with violence and war. He would scold us! Reprimand us! Remind us solutions are to be found in compassion and connection — not metal.

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The Epic Ideological Struggle of Our Global Era: Multiculturalism versus Homogenization
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Dec 2014

In contrast to homogenization, the preferred ideology of those in power and position seeking control and domination, Multiculturalism embraces the reality of life’s diversity and differences – the beauty of variation. All other ideologies “pale” in complexion, complexity, and comparison.

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Two Paths in the Wood: “Choice” of Life or War
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Oct 2014

There is an urgent need for new ideological foundations to replace our nation’s historic reliance on war and destruction to achieve ends. Our nation’s history is stained with the blood of indigenous peoples, with the blood of slavery, and with the blood of world wars whose resolutions (victories?) produced a heritage of continued reliance on military solutions and revenge from those who “lost” or from those who now see the intentions of the USA and its allies.

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The Paradoxical Consequences of USA Counter-Terrorism Programs
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Oct 2014

Jihadist Terrorist Perceived Motives and Successes – “While nothing is easier than to denounce the evil doer, nothing is harder than to understand him.”
Fyodor Mihailovich Dostoevsky, The Possessed, 1872

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WEEDS . . . Metaphors . . . WARS
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Sep 2014

I speak here of weeds growing across our land,
Wild, uninvited, unwelcome, festering!
I speak here of weeds inhabiting gardens and lawns,
Growing amidst driveways, sidewalks, curb cracks.

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As I Age . . . Thoughts on Memory and Cosmos
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Sep 2014

The reality is the omnipresence of memories — as we recall them, as wish to recall them, and as we wish to forget them. Memories are always present — waiting to be released. And with each memory, comes an endless flow of associations. Memories work their way to the surface — the immediacy of the present moment.

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Age: Choices for Being-in-the-World
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Aug 2014

There are many ages! Some are objective (i.e., quantifiable, legal), and some are subjective (i.e., private, perception, personal, psychological). We need to recognize the full range of age choices to avoid stereotypes and categorical conclusions. Obviously, physical and mental limitations and disabilities impose constraints.

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Justice as Arbiter: Educating for Moral Authority, Legitimacy, and Credibility
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Aug 2014

This paper is about justice! The term “justice” is widely used in our daily life in media, politics, economic, and religion sectors. This has resulted in surplus meaning, and perhaps a dulling of its implicit power as a historical force. There can be no doubt “justice” is an enduring human virtue and value.

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Choice: The Measure of All Things . . .
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Aug 2014

Reflecting on Human Nature and Oppression – What then is the measure of a person’s life? By what criteria should we judge, evaluate, and/or assess a person’s life?

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Lifeism: Beyond Humanity
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Mar 2014

Lifeism is very relevant to our relentless savaging of life across the world. We need to identify with life — this is the most important identity. Identification with gender, ethnicity, race, nations is secondary. We are first and foremost creations of life.

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Some Thoughts on Creativity . . . And Life
Anthony J. Marsella – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Mar 2014

Diversity, though life itself, is considered too difficult to accommodate, and so they are moving us toward, uniformity and conformity. How easier to control! How much easier to dominate! Consider the pantheon of “Big” in our world today – Big Pharm, Big Ag, Big Energy, Big Transportation, Big Education, Big Auto, Big Med, Big Government, Big Military, and “Banks too Big to Fail,” so they remain in control of our lives and life.

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Guidelines for Leading a Spiritual Life: Some Resolutions for the New Year
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Dec 2013

The term “spirituality” should not be limited to “ecclesiastical” contexts. “Secular spirituality” has emerged to describe non-materialistic individuals or ways-of-being that are not necessarily associated with membership or belief in a formal religion.

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Popular American (USA) Culture: A Dysfunctional and Destructive Life Context
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Nov 2013

We are — amidst pauses and respites for comfort from pizza, beer, shopping, TV football games, and “unreality” shows — caught in a bewildering and conflicted response to the world about us. We are aware something is wrong — unfamiliar, strange, frightening – but we cannot seem to grasp its sources.

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What Does “Agree” Mean?
Anthony J. Marsella – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Sep 2013

Sometimes words lose their meaning and purpose because we abuse them. I suppose the same can be said for refugees and internally displaced people trying to survive.

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Please Mr. President: “No more “War Tactics.” We want a “Peace Strategy”
Anthony J. Marsella – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Sep 2013

Mr. President: Develop a foundation for domestic and global peace. Restore confidence in the USA, not because of its fearful military, political, and economic might, but because of its commitment to the enduring human values, and its constitutional guarantees.

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War
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Sep 2013

What more can be said of war,
That has not already been eulogized
On fields of battle
Where lives were lost, minds seared,
And historians’ crafts polished
With the biased narratives of victors:
Waterloo, Hue, Fallujah?
There is no winner in war!

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Whose Side is God, god, g_d On?
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Jan 2013

Lessons from 19th Century Imperialism – The following is a listing of some of the enduring lessons that came to mind as I reflect on the endless mass violence and wars of our times. With Gladstone’s words ringing in my ears, I offer them to you.

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Why Are There So Few Peace Psychology Courses Taught?
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Dec 2012

What Can We Do To Change This? Although we have no exact figures on the number of courses in peace psychology that are taught in undergraduate and graduate psychology departments the United States, it seems to me on the basis of available materials that there it is at best a limited number.

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What Child Is This?
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Dec 2012

What child is this? Whose child is this? Now this child rests amidst the dust and debris of war . . . lifeless . . . torn and shattered… killed by someone whom she or he never knew and would probably never meet. Death from a distance. . . a bomb from a drone or plane, a shell from a mortar, a strap of explosives . . . intentional and willing, calculated and planned, a measured effort to destroy.

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The Conditions for Human Health and Well Being Reside within the Psychosocial Contexts of Life
Anthony J. Marsella – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Sep 2012

As our concern for human health and well being grows with each day, we too often find ourselves seeking solutions within the limitations of our health-care system. We call for more medical services, lower medical costs, more health professionals, better medical technologies, improvements in medical records, greater accessibility and acceptability of health care, and more and more committees, evaluations, and reports to determine why the system is failing for the elderly, poor, minorities, veterans, and youth.

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Justice in a Global Age: Becoming Counselors to the World
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Jan 2012

Invited Keynote Address, Counselors for Social Justice, American Counseling Association – I have no hesitation in telling you that I, like many of you, am deeply troubled and saddened by the abuses of privilege and power that are now occurring in our government, business, and religious sectors. Indeed the strategic convergence of shared interests and agendas among these three sectors of our society, in combination with a media failing to meet its responsibilities to accurately report news and to conduct investigative journalism, now constitutes, in my opinion, a serious threat to the foundations of our society, and ultimately, to global peace and harmony.

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Reflections on the Myths and Ethoses That Promote and Sustain War as a “Way of Life” and Acceptable Moral Code for the USA
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. - TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Jan 2012

The unassailable truth is that the United States of America is a culture of war! A culture of war is a shared set of meanings and behaviors that are socialized by macrosocial and microsocial institutions via support for certain cultural myths and ethoses that present war and associated acts of violence and aggression as an acceptable action for pursuing domestic and national goals and purposes.

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The Fukushima, Japan Mega-Disaster (updated)
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Apr 2011

The Fukushima, Japan Mega-Disaster that occurred on March 11, 2011 (2:45 PM Japan Time) will continue to unfold its tragic consequences for years to come. The tragedy must not pass without extensive public and private discussions and reports of the lessons learned from the disaster.

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The Fukushima, Japan Mega-Disaster
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Apr 2011

In a global era in which all of our lives and the lives of all living beings, including the environment, has become increasingly interdependent, efforts must be made to promote an understanding of the growing frequency, severity, and consequences of natural and human-made disasters.

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Guidelines for Living a Spiritual Life
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. - TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Mar 2011

1. Awareness
I resolve to be more aware and responsive to the spiritual dimensions of my being and my nature.

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Identity: Beyond Self, Culture, Nation, and Humanity to “LIFEISM”
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Feb 2011

This article explores the nature and meaning of identity and its personal, cultural, and national nuances and consequences. In this presentation, I note, as have many others, that meaningful personal and social identities are at the core of a meaningful human existence. But this assertion raises critical questions about what is a meaningful identity, and what is a meaningful existence. These questions assume greater importance and consequence in the context of our emerging global era, in which the development, shaping, and assertion of certain personal and social identities can have life-affirming or life-harming consequences for all of us.

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IDENTITY: BEYOND SELF, CULTURE, NATION, AND HUMANITY TO “LIFEISM”
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D., 22 Oct 2008

President, Psychologists for Social Responsibility Summary:  This article explores the nature and meaning of identity and its personal, cultural, and national nuances and consequences.  In this presentation, I note, as have many others, that meaningful personal and social identities are at the core of a meaningful human existence.  But this assertion raises critical questions about […]

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