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Forgetting to Exist

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In order to be spiritually and mentally healthy, it is absolutely imperative that each of us not forget to exist.

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Mindfulness with Both Hands

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The pandemic has created a space for introspection and interiority, two things that American consumer culture have long functioned to curtail.

Heraclitus, Human Majesty, and Humanism

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The philosopher Heraclitus (c. 535–475 BCE) once said, “History is a child building a sandcastle by the sea, and that child is the whole majesty of human power in the world.”

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Signal, Noise, and the Infodemic

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Before the pandemic we were experiencing an accelerating rise in the amount of information available. Then, pandemic, and even more information and misinformation.

Of Democracy and Division

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We hear a great deal about division and decline these days. It all sounds very dire, but what are we actually talking about? When Eurocentric people pontificate about democracy, we do well to take a long look at what is actually being said. Democracy is a good idea, but in practice things haven’t gone as well as we might at first suppose.… Read More »Of Democracy and Division

Despots in the Trees? Think Kudzu

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Two French philosophers, Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, in a pair of books together titled Capitalism and Schizophrenia, set out to change our way of thinking, away from hierarchical patterns and into integrated patterns.

Theocracy and Its Discontents

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In my youth, the school cafeteria at my public school served fish on Fridays in an attempt to make us all fasting and pious non-meat eaters at school. The result was piety of another sort.