Mindfulness is for everybody. It’s scientific. It’s non-sectarian. It’s approved by Silicon Valley. Nearly everyone in American culture knows it: Mindfulness is just plain good for you
Over the years, we have been called freethinkers, atheists, agnostics, secularists, heretics, infidels, naturalists, and I’m sure I’m leaving out a few.
I sometimes facetiously say that our movement should be called Everything-ism. That term comes with its own challenges, no doubt. I do want to make a case for a new term: Kosmocentrism.
So. What is liberalism? The Online Etymology Dictionary tells us this: Latin liberalis “noble, gracious, munificent, generous,” literally “of freedom, pertaining to or befitting a free person,” from liber “free, unrestricted, unimpeded; unbridled, unchecked, licentious.” mid-14c., “generous,” also “nobly born, noble, free;” from late 14c. as “selfless, magnanimous, admirable.” Liberal was used 16c.-17c. as a term of reproach with the… Read More »Defining Liberalism, part two
Suppose for a moment that every human being is an artist. For the sake of argument, let’s be specific — a visual artist painting on a cave wall, as our human ancestors did forty and fifty thousand years ago.