Tag Archives: struggle

Joe, Mara, Death, Clinging, Process

The following entry is not done with detached equanimity. It is written in the raw; with imperfection . I strive to do well and to be well but what follows is a stumbling block that I have yet to clear. The intention of posting is to hang it out in the proverbial sun and hopefully push myself farther along the proverbial road.

Five years. It’s been almost five years since an important human touchstone decided he’d rather annihilate himself than continue his existence. Continue reading

Thoughts and Reflections on Sandy Hook

[A note to the reader: I am not writing to reflect on the details of Sandy Hook but rather how we react to tragedy. I may modify this entry to be more specific in the future but have avoided it due to the acute emotional trauma and the fact that so many are covering the details]

We go about our day, distracted with thoughts, observations, opinions and lists. Suddenly, something shocks us out of it. A bad driver, a missed exit, lightning, news of an environmental disaster. Each one of these things invokes an emotion and pulls us from the minutia and noise of our internal dialogue.  That emotion tends to manifest differently between an act of nature versus something done by a human. We tend to become angered when someone Continue reading

The Draw of Id, Ego and the Farce of Fame and Power

We live in a world of shiny things that distract us from being in the here and now. The large majority of us toil in what society says is an undesirable life. We are told that with hard work or inexorable reinvestment in a highly improbable  chance machine, we would be welcomed in to the desirable world where happiness and satisfaction awaits.

In the mean time, Continue reading

Disarming Oblivion

[Note: This is a re-write of an old blog post, there are some changes]

When I hear of serial killers and other violent criminals, I ponder the origin and motivation of what creates an individual as I do believe that violence is 98% nurture and only in some cases is it nature. This is not to say that there are some people who neurologically are wired as predators but we are very often shown the extreme and I believe that Continue reading

Reflect on True Nature, Wise Struggle, Direction and Humanity

Gandhi warned us of Seven Things That Will Destroy Us

Wealth Without Struggle
Pleasure Without Conscience
Knowledge Without Character
Commerce (Business) Without Morality (Ethics)
Science Without Humanity
Religion Without Sacrifice
Politics Without Principle

Many of us believe that which defines the human condition is Continue reading