As the besieged Christian communities of the Middle East shrink, the Middle East becomes the poorer.
The best part of moviegoing is gasping, laughing, or choking back tears with strangers in a darkened theater.
Amid 2016's news of conflict and disruption, the steady decrease of such drags on humanity as poverty, hunger, and child mortality continues.
"Creative destruction" is normal in a capitalist economy, but it is rarely easy on the individuals, families, and communities affected by it.
Bad ideas can -- and will -- be beaten by better ideas. But the victory is rarely a quick one. Idea wars are won person by person.
Preserving antiquities is important not just for culture and tourism. The ancient world is a reminder of the fleeting nature of human events.
Charity is not just a way to help others. It is an outward indication of healthy, happy individuals and communities.
Hydrocarbon extraction and energy conservation can both be done in ways that protect the environment and the bottom line.
While candidates and parties battle it out high in the political canopy, American democracy endures on the forest floor.
Like every paradigm-shifting technology, the internet has evolved quickly from interesting to essential. Security failures are not an option.
Walls can keep people, goods, and contraband at bay. But walls are only a temporary measure. Real security requires much more than a barrier.
Water management has always been important. With 2 billion more people arriving on our planet by mid-century, water management will be crucial.
Politics has always been contentious. People differ. Beliefs differ. But the orderly process of democracy deserves support that supercedes politics.
Whichever direction Europe now takes, a crucial achievement should not be overlooked: It is making its choice without war or repression.
Gang activity remains one of few areas of crime that have not fallen in recent decades. But progress is being made -- step-by-step, life-by-life.
Even in the hypercompetitive, win-at-all-costs world of congressional politics, there's a safe space where members of both parties can unite.
Racial integration in the United States remains unfinished business -- both in society and in the hearts of many Americans.
Many factors can be involved in suicide. Both pro- and anti-gun people increasingly understand that a firearm in a house doesn't help.
Science and art are inseparable - for students and for all of us.