Articles by Ben Butina, Ph.D.


We Salute Imam Abubakar Abdullahi

Confucius said, “When dealing with the world, the noble person isn’t prejudiced for or against anything. They just do what’s right.” When Muslim herdsmen attacked…


Instructions for Quiet-Sitting

Brief instructions for quiet-sitting (a Ruist form of meditation) are available on InsightTimer, the world’s most popular meditation app. You can access the audio here…


The Audition

Suppose you’re the lead singer of an up-and-coming rock band. Your lead guitarist just left the band to join another group, so you’re auditioning new…


We Salute Carrie Jernigan

Payless Shoes is going out of business, but one Arkansas woman found a silver lining. While picking up her kids’ back-to-school shoes, Carrie Jernigan’s daughter…


We Salute Daphne Youree

When the Long Island Expressway was flooded, leaving hundreds of commuters stranded, Daphne Youree, age 50, trudged into the floodwaters and cleared the storm drain…


What is Li?

One of the most important concepts in Ruism is called li (禮), which is often translated as ritual. As you read the word ritual, what…



Mencius Mother, Three Moves

In honor of Mother’s Day, here’s an adaptation of a traditional Chinese folktale. When Mencius was just a little boy, his father died. Mencius’ mother,…