Year: 2020

Jean-Paul Sartre Working
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Freedom and Responsibility (and Donuts) According to Jean-Paul Sartre

When I was growing up, a common refrain heard on the elementary school playground was: “I can do what I want. It’s a free county.” This was a frustrating argument my fourth grade brain knew on some level was not true, yet it was used to justify all kinds of nefarious school yard abuses.  “It’s […]

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Miguel de Unamuno on Love
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Religion and Spirituality

From Where Does Love Originate? Miguel de Unamuno Believed It to Be Shared Suffering and Pity

From where does love originate? Many thinkers have attempted to pin down its cause, but whether it be romantic or platonic, from where love originates remains elusive and amorphous. In one of the most beautiful descriptions of love, Michel de Montaigne left the cause of his friendship with Étienne de La Boétie firmly in the […]

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Metaphysics

Homescapes Raises the Question of Why We Do the Things We Do

I have been playing this phone game called Homescapes by the company Playrix which has caused me to think of how, in some ways, it brings to light issues related to why we do the things we do and the nature of reality.  The premise of the game is that you are trying to help […]

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How To Live

Ritual Is the Husk of Faith and Loyalty

How much more rich would our relationships be
if they were based in goodness or kindness rather than justice or, even worse, dogmatic behavior which only can lead to chaos?

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John O’Donohue on the Mystery and Wonder of Existence

Embrace the mystery and wonder of existence by acknowledging the immensity that is inside of you.

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There Is No Such Thing as Normal

Nothing is ordained. The way we do things is our creation; we are the authors. The normal you want to go back to is really just the normal that existed right before COVID hit. 

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Metaphysics
Nature and Travel

10,000 Boxes of Salt: Some Perspective on the Size of the Universe

The universe as we know it is mind-boggling large. In fact, we cannot even properly conceive of it.

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Nature and Travel

Be Like Water: Reflections on the Powerful Tao Te Ching Symbol

The most powerful, transformative substance on earth is also the most formless and malleable. What can the Tao Te Ching teach us about the nature of water?

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