From Wence Your Purpose?

Here's one for you. If the driving force of life (and even plants and bacteria do this) is to figure out how the world works and act accordingly...are the religious lazy for taking a shortcut by accepting that an old book tells them how the world really works and how they should act?

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Who made Trump? You. And me. 

Regular readers know that I subscribe to the philosophy that history is rarely made by great men and women. Instead, history is more typically the culmination of decades or centuries of day-to-day decisions made in day-to-day scenarios by people living out their day-to-day lives. These decisions ebb and flow through culture until reaching a kind … Continue reading Who made Trump? You. And me. 

The consistency of morals

I've recently written a couple of short blurbs (here and here) about how our sense of right and wrong develops from nature. This is extraordinarily unsatisfying and offensive to many people. They want to know how we avoid moral pandemonium without a set of rules about right and wrong that come from on high. This is a … Continue reading The consistency of morals

Curiosity and its rights and wrongs

I've never thought much about the rights and wrongs of curiosity. I've never thought about whether or not there were such things. I've never been curious enough, I suppose. I've accepted curiosity a priori as one of the most joyful traits of being alive and sentient. I didn't know that there are people who argue … Continue reading Curiosity and its rights and wrongs

Cam Newton and the transforming power of gloriously blowing it

If you follow American professional football, or at least watched the Super Bowl, you know who Cam is. If not then I’ll fill you in. He is the young - 26 years old - quarterback of the Carolina Panthers who is brash, arrogant, and so full of himself that I have spent the last several … Continue reading Cam Newton and the transforming power of gloriously blowing it

Tolstoy, Mother Earth News, and Can’t We All Just Get Along?

First, an apology Sometimes, I think I should apologize to my friends and readers. Blogging wisdom tells authors to select a topic, write about it widely and deeply, and provide usable and shareable content for readers. And don't forget the SEO! Besides the brute fact that I hate the very concept of content there are … Continue reading Tolstoy, Mother Earth News, and Can’t We All Just Get Along?

C’mon folks – Slow down with a cool watch and an observation

A hippie hangover It’s no secret that I have a little bit of a hippie hangover. My wife does her best to scrape it off and dress me presentably but sometimes it still peeks out. This partly explains my fascination with the philosophy of slow. I live a pretty busy and technologically inclined life. I … Continue reading C’mon folks – Slow down with a cool watch and an observation

RIP Wayne Dyer. Always at odds but a lifelong teacher.

Me and my imaginary buddy Wayne Dyer We made such an odd couple that I mostly kept it a secret, coming out only to best and most forgiving friends. He was deeply spiritual and viewed everything from that mushy-squishy-illogical vantage. All was one. All was love. There was no such thing as death or dying … Continue reading RIP Wayne Dyer. Always at odds but a lifelong teacher.