Category Archives: Enlightenment

Life Lessons

So, this morning, I was writing in my diary on the subway and I thought, “If I were to die, and someone found this book, what would I want them to know?” There are always more options than you realize … Continue reading

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A Veteran’s Day Thought

We honor the men, and more recently women, who have given their lives in our nation’s wars. In some cases, we can even say, “without hesitation.” We do not only honor the fallen. We honor all those who have risked … Continue reading

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How the World Works

We all carry around with us an idea of how the world works. This idea isn’t necessarily super detailed, but it does lay down the general guidelines for what we deem possible in the world and what we deem impossible. … Continue reading

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Space is Money

Everyone says, “Time is money.” But isn’t it more true that space is money? I can’t increase the amount of time I have. In fact, I can’t possess time in any real sense because, in a very real sense, time … Continue reading

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On Religious Tolerance

When we are asked to “tolerate” the religious views of others, the assumption is that we harbor no religious views of our own or, at least, that such views do not lay claim to absolute truth. In other words, calls … Continue reading

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Is That True?

I once worked for a CEO who would, when someone made a declarative statement such as, “Toothpaste is made with formaldehyde and detergent,” frequently ask, “Is that true?” It always surprised me how disarmed I felt when he would ask … Continue reading

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Breathe

I tend to get lost in labyrinths of anxiety-fueled or vaguely apocalyptic thought. When I’m far down the rabbit-hole these days, though, I’ll catch myself and start focusing on my breath. As soon as I do, my posture improves (I … Continue reading

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Academic Time

If you have never attended the MLA or any other conference in the humanities, then you may not be aware that the traditional mode of presentations at these affairs is “slow reading.” That is, people sit at a skirted table … Continue reading

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The Bad News

The Finnish eco-fascist Pennti Linkola once said that, “The most central and irrational faith among people is the faith in technology and economical growth.” Along the same lines, he also opined, “”Any dictatorship would be better than modern democracy. There cannot … Continue reading

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Turning Towards, Turning Away

In the face of a traumatic event (especially one called “incomprehensible”), we either run to the facts—what happened? why did it happen? what were the causes for this effect?—covering up our feelings, our shock, our horror, our sorrow with the … Continue reading

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