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Was I Ever Clever?

Was I Ever Clever?

Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment. ~Rumi Was I ever clever? My head is filled with facts, most useless in everyday situations. I used to think facts made me intelligent, approaching clever until the modern computer awoke with more facts at faster retrieval than I can comprehend than I could even if I spent the […]

To Punish or to Heal?

To Punish or to Heal?

In Hinduism, evil is a spirit that needs help. Viewing evil as a spirit needing help, or a sick spirit as in the eyes of the Navajo, begets a different coping method than the Christian mentality viewing evil as an entity to be punished. The former leads to seeking ways to heal the afflicted conjuring […]

I’m A Citizen Of…The World

I’m A Citizen Of…The World

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion. ~Thomas Paine My belief that we are to exist as citizens of the world is mirrored in founding father Thomas Paine and his belief in transnational human rights undergirding his quote. Viewing myself as a citizen of the […]

The Mind Virus

The Mind Virus

Tell him that we fucking reprogrammed reality. Tell him that language is a virus and that religion is an operating system and that prayers are just so much fucking spam. ~Technical Boy from Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. In a post-truth reality, the powers that be garner popular opinion by reprogramming reality aligning it with the […]

The Fundamental Attribution Error

The Fundamental Attribution Error

Look deep enough into any person and you will find something shining within. ~Haruki Murakami We judge others by their actions while judging ourselves by our intent. This makes it very easy to cast ourselves righteous and others insufferable, if not downright despicable. In social psychology, it is called the Fundamental Attribution Error.

All People Are My Tribe

All People Are My Tribe

In other people’s company I felt I was dull, gloomy, unwelcome, at once bored and boring… ~André Gide There exists in the movie Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer an island home for misfit toys, those toys that are different, unwanted, unloved, square pegs in a world designed to accommodate round holes. I have always felt a […]

If Being Abnormal is Normal Does it Follow Normal is Abnormal?

If Being Abnormal is Normal Does it Follow Normal is Abnormal?

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal. ~Albert Camus Normal is a narrow swath on the bell curve accounting for no more than half of all possible values. It is entirely possible that no one individual is fully aligned with the norm. I have never seen the half child making […]

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