Below is the full text of the 2006 Christmas sermon delivered in Canterbury Cathedral by Dr. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, on the theme "The poorest deserve the best."  --  The sermon was inspired by the archbishop's December 2006 visit to Palestine....


In an essay published in 2002, Nathan Jun “regards sadness as intimately related to the basic metaphysical condition of human beings.”  --  He argues that “the fundamental human condition involves a conflict between the desire for permanency and the inevitability of loss.  Inasmuch as sadness is a response to loss, and inasmuch as loss is the defining aspect of the universe in which we live, it follows that sadness is the most basic and fundamental human emotional response.  All other emotional responses seem to be temporary interludes between otherwise inevitable losses.  Therefore, sadness is not a deviation from a normal psychological state at all; rather, the tragic sense of being is the normal psychological state from whence all other emotional states deviate.” ...


On Saturday Jean-Michel Dumay, who has written for Le Monde (Paris) for more than twenty years, mused about the significance of an editing war over the word humanité on Wikipédia, the French version of Wikipedia.  --  His article is translated below....