Questioning Narratives

In the controversies today, I often find myself somewhere in the middle, seeing the pieces many others willingly gloss over. Take a look here.

How Do You Know? Ancient Man and the Trash Pile

Today’s stream of consciousness: what can we learn about someone by digging through their midden pit—a.k.a trash pile? I’d guess less than half the story. Spoke this morning to someone at my usual café, and the topic of ancient peoples came up. He mentioned the difference between us today—Modern Man—and our predecessors. You know, before… Read More »How Do You Know? Ancient Man and the Trash Pile

Is Compulsory Public School Killing Our Desire to Learn?

A long Habit of not thinking a Thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of Custom. ~Thomas Paine Common Sense What’s the purpose of compulsory public school? Ask a conservative American, a liberal American, a moderate/unaffiliated American, and a Canadian (whose personal political identity… Read More »Is Compulsory Public School Killing Our Desire to Learn?

Stoic Musings: Acceptance vs. Passivity. What’s The Difference?

So, Wednesday, and we’ve got two out of five pieces to the puzzle I’m trying to work into my thought process. Control what you can.  Ignore the rest. Events don’t upset you.  Beliefs do. Now we come to number three, which is where things really started coming together for me.  Because while the two pieces… Read More »Stoic Musings: Acceptance vs. Passivity. What’s The Difference?

Stoicism: What The Stoics Knew About Realistic Thinking And Gratitude

Fascinating what we find when we dig into the history of a concept.  Stoicism isn’t even an idea I found particularly interesting or appealing until two days ago, when Tim Ferris shared a blog post from Aeon about the concept.  Aeon’s post Indifference Is A Power discusses why stoicism is “one of the best mind hacks… Read More »Stoicism: What The Stoics Knew About Realistic Thinking And Gratitude

Dismantling Self: The Distorted Reflections We Show The World

Fine.  Various concepts exist that defy easy or simple conceptualization.  I may be a bit of an intellectual masochist, because I’ve decided this blog is mine, and therefore a great place to examine and dissect various assumptions and notions I’ve collected over my nearly three decades alive.  You have been warned. On to today’s topic.  The… Read More »Dismantling Self: The Distorted Reflections We Show The World