I’m not religious now, but when I was a kid, I was forced to read the Bible. A lot. Anyway, there was this interesting, sarcastic cultural reference about Corinth in the New Testament. Corinth was kind of like the hip, NYC of its day, which people quipped was just a place where people just sat … Continue reading On Corinthian Grapes and the Power of Doing
When I constantly define myself in opposition to something, I am actually defining my identity by the thing I am opposing. I am giving my power, identity, in a sense my SOUL to the thing I most detest in the world. This means that if ‘victory’ occurs, and that thing disappears from the world, the … Continue reading I Am More Than The List Of Things That I Hate
We see a world devastated by hate and violence and then believe the lie that if we just add more hate and violence everything will be okay — that somehow we can restore balance by adding even more imbalance. If we can just shoot, bomb, punch, and verbally abuse a FEW more people, we think … Continue reading Don’t Bomb A Housefire
I think that the greatest teachers help make us wise, showing us how to learn for ourselves. To adapt a quote, they teach us “how to think, not merely what to think.” The greatest heroes show us how to save ourselves so we don’t have to keep “looking for Superman.” The greatest healers teach us … Continue reading Don’t Outsource Your Cape
I have begun to notice such a profound difference between the many who define ourselves by what we hate/what makes us angry, and those few who define themselves by what they love/what gives them joy. The latter seem so much happier, so much more effective in making real world changes, and simply more fun to … Continue reading Epiphany
As you get older you try to formulate simple rules, even “mantras” to help when things get tough or your brain isn’t cooperating very well. I think one of my favorites to come from pandemic that I’m still mulling over, which has numerous implications for depression, anxiety, fear of failure, and much else, has already … Continue reading Mantra
Had a recent conversation with a good friend about science and social issues, and a great analogy emerged from the Bohm bio I’m reading now. David Bohm revolutionized several fields, and one example was when he discovered that if you have a particle with spin A, then add an opposite spin B, the result is … Continue reading The Third Door
It sometimes feels like life is simply about learning to dance in the space between order and chaos, to find the golden mean between, the space where balance lives. Whether you’re reading Buddhism, linguistics, or physics, the best thinkers seem often to simplify what we perceive as reality as systems and systems dynamics. And I … Continue reading Balance
Note: I love myself and love my life now, but occasionally old Depression and his buddy Anxiety will still sneak into my brain to play with the lightswitch. Sometimes it feels so dark inside that it physically hurts. And when the darkness is closing in, I have learned to keep a stash of candles near … Continue reading A Candle
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