Nothing Just Happens:  Duane W.H. Arnold, PhD

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  1. bob1 says:

    Good reflections, Duane. Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

    I do worry that people lately are confusing optics and personal psychological states with actual progress and action. Its a worry, especially in our postmodern, posttruth culture. It’s like, whoever
    shouts the loudest wins.

    I think even these worldwide protests are just the spark to bring about a more fair and just society. What’s actually needed, concretely, are shifts in resources and personnel and priorities. Those are what will bring more long-term change, at least IMHO. They’re not very sexy and they won’t show up in the media much…but that’s really where the action is.

  2. Duane Arnold says:


    For what it is worth, I agree with you. It’s the real and concrete follow up that will make a change. I think that more than ever, it’s a time to listen and reflect, not merely react…

  3. bob1 says:

    Talking about modern media and how information is consumed…

    I have to laugh, every time I go to Axios. They’ll have a graph or 2 summarizing an article. then a link that will say “Go deeper (1 min.
    read). ”

    I’m an older guy and I’m not sure how long ago it was — probably before Internet use became common — that a “one minute read” wouldn’t even
    have been conceivable. It would’ve evinced a good laugh.

    To think you can learn much in a whole minute… just struck me funny. But maybe it’s not that funny…or maybe it is and it isn’t. 🙂

  4. Em says:

    This post and comments make that ugly word “entitled” come to mind again. Yes, this world turns by the grace of God. It is by His mercies we are not ” consumed”… was never quite sure what that meant, but it sounded final….
    Once in a great while God boots someone into a place of useful service (Jonah?), but on the whole – as i look back – our usefulness takes perseverance, discipline and, hooefulky, a little blessing and guidance from God….
    In other words, amen… 😇

  5. Mike E. says:

    Duane– “I must say that I believe that those who are seeking to align the Church with a particular political party, right or left, or with some form of nationalism, are wholly misguided and wrong.” OH..Amen brother! AMEN!

  6. Duane Arnold says:

    Mike E

    Am I to take it you agree? 😁

  7. JoelG says:

    “Once again, I have to say, nothing just happens.”

    Thank you for the good article, Duane. There seems to be differing views of how Christians should live in light of the racial crisis going on. One view is we should turn off the news and focus on our own hearts and those in our immediate circle. I think this is true to a certain extent. The problem with this philosophy is that it ignores injustice outside of our bubbles. Perhaps there is a balance to be struck.

    Duane, I think you may have turned me into an SJW. 😉

  8. Duane Arnold says:


    Many thanks! I was just watching a short speech from 57 years ago this week. It’s worth a few minutes of time to listen. It sounded to me like it could have been delivered today with few alterations…

  9. JoelG says:

    Wow… now THAT is leadership. That brought chills. I will be paying attention this November. Until then I’ll be reading and listening and looking for the smallest ways to affect racial equality in my circle.

  10. Duane Arnold says:

    Joel G

    57 years…

  11. directambiguity says:

    Determination, hard work, thoughtfulness, planning, steadfastness will help you lose weight and get a Ph.D.

    It sounds like a recipe for success no matter what color you are.

  12. Duane Arnold says:

    Those metrics can help us in other matters as well….

  13. CM says:

    I am a Gen-Xer, so I grew up in the days before the internet, social media, and so on. I think we are many ways a victim of our own success. All these advancements have a downside, it further enables instant gratification, a lack of patience, and further catering to self. People get upset becaus it takes too long to heat coffee in a microwave.

    Of course, patience is a fruit of the Spirit, so a lack of patience clearly is not. Scripture says to die to self, not become self-centered. And so on.

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