There are many distinct pleasures associated with computer programming. Craftsmanship
has its quiet rewards, the satisfaction that comes from building a useful object and
making it work. Excitement arrives with the flash of insight that cracks a previously
intractable problem. The spiritual quest for elegance can turn the hacker into an artist.
There are pleasures in parsimony, in squeezing the last drop of performance out of clever
algorithms and tight coding.
This book is based on a seven - year study very generously supported
by the John Templeton Foundation. We are especially
grateful to Arthur Schwartz, formerly executive vice president at
the foundation, who approached us eight years ago with the idea
of undertaking this national study of students ’ search for meaning
and purpose. Thank you, Arthur, for your enormous support and
early guidance in conceptualizing the study and for challenging
us to think critically, creatively, and expansively.
The book centers on the spiritual and social dynamics of a priest whose uncle is the Don of the most powerful Mafia family in America. Father Don Carlos Albanese discovers the truism of the saying, blood is thicker than water as he becomes an integral part of the Family. His hope is to assist in transforming the Family into a legitimate organization, as it originally was in Sicily, wherein the Mafia sustained the Sicilians against foreign invaders and assisted the poor and the needy. In America, however, Don Albaneses quest proves to be challenging....
How is this similar to the cultural appropriation of Native images and practices by
the New Age movement? I will use the example of one practice, “the vision quest,”
a ritual found in Lakota culture.... When this ritual is brought into New Age
context, its meaning and power are altered. The focus shifts to white people’s needs
and vision, which in most New Age venues are about individual growth and
prosperity. There is no accountability to a community, particularly any Native