I’m not certain who originally created this meme. That person is, however, entirely correct. You may be yourself all the time. Except when your boss only needs one aspect of you. Except when your friend needs another side of you. Except when being yourself means breaking social norms, or worse, laws. We dedicate thousands of… Read More »Opinions Are Safer Than Slices of My Soul
In the controversies today, I often find myself somewhere in the middle, seeing the pieces many others willingly gloss over. Take a look here.
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
As a fiction author, I occasionally encounter roadblocks in my work in the form of thinking errors, usually because of what I call Instinctive Norms. While the term Instinctive Norms carries a whole blog post, the short explanation is this. An Instinctive Norm is an idea that I or any person carries in their mind… Read More »When He’s The Victim, And She’s The One In Charge
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?
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?
Ever get the feeling life is spiraling totally out of control, and not only is there nothing you can do about it, but it’s completely disrupting your peace of mind? Or maybe you read that one comment on the internet that just got your blood boiling? (I’ve done that a few times in the last… Read More »Stoic Musings: Control What You Can. Ignore The Rest.
“If you cut out animal products on your own diet, you’re going to have a full time job making sure you get enough protein.” Such was the reaction of a concerned friend this morning when I mentioned I’m seriously considering a gradual but radical total diet overhaul: cutting out grain because I already have and… Read More »Complete Protein: Is Meat Our New Magic Pill?
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
Welcome to yet another piece where I try to put into words a concept that has, well, none really, not in English, anyway. Call it a think-piece if you want. Yesterday, I mentioned a bit about how being trans* (or having any sort of nonconforming gender identity) is akin to wearing an Invisibility Cloak a… Read More »The Gender Binary & Gender Invisibility
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