I’m housesitting for my brother this week so I’m just a half mile from my sister’s house. I went down yesterday and ended up staying for dinner and then a nice long conversation which started off on the topic of god/morality/family values. Essentially my brother-in-law was thinking out loud about the role of religion and church in the formation of kids’ world view. This, in turn led to a discussion of religion as an evolution of hierarchy and a process of social control. I used it as an opportunity to recall and discuss Murray Bookchin’s thoughts on the origins of hierarchy and domination as well as his thoughts on the potential of humans to become nature “self realized.” Good fun. Of course this kind of conversation can go all sorts of places and it did. I don’t think I want to recount the details here, just wanted to mention how enjoyable conversations can be. I think I need more of these.