September 17, 2018

Anyone who comes from the resource-dense third world intuitively understands that the problem of poverty is not material but political. It has never been about a lack of resources, but about the individual freedom to develop technology to convert resources to material wealth. You may not see anyone starting revolutions with slogans that read “We Want Capitalism!” or “We want the state to stay out!” And yet the Arab Spring was triggered by the cries of a man who was… Read more

August 31, 2018

Some of the world’s greatest religious and spiritual leaders have endured a crisis of faith at some point in their lives. It is not uncommon for religious people to go through periods of doubt and  experience an  emptiness so profound that  nothing they do can induce the emotions of reverence and awe that they once enjoyed effortlessly. This state of ambivalence and confusion can last as long as a few years to a few decades. And it often expands into… Read more

August 24, 2018

Soon after Donald Trump was elected, CNN released a powerful new ‘Facts First’ ad Campaign series featuring an onscreen image of an apple with a voiceover narrating the following words: This is an apple. Some people might try to tell you that it’s a banana. They might scream, ‘Banana, banana, banana’ over and over again. They might put banana in all caps. You might even start to believe it’s a banana, but it’s not. This is an apple. The attempt… Read more

July 29, 2018

“The Mending Wall,” a poem published during World War I by American poet Robert Frost, narrates the story of a farmer who contacts his neighbor to help him rebuild the stone wall between their two farms. When the farmer questions the purpose of the wall, the neighbor replies, “good fences make good neighbors.” This celebrated proverb along with its corresponding cultural symbol of a white picket fence has evolved to encapsulate what we now famously refer to as the American… Read more

July 1, 2018

  I have a philosophical prejudice against motivational speakers, life coaches, gurus, and basically anyone who makes their living advising others on how to live. These days we are led to believe that we can buy almost anything, even spiritual guidance. But unfortunately, you cannot commodify enlightenment. Secular remedies are not sacraments, and life coaches are no substitute for real relationships.   Image crafting and self-branding have become a cultural pastime, leading to the emergence of a new pop psychology… Read more

May 22, 2018

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