I just learned that May is Mental Health Awareness Month. My perspective on this issue has changed dramatically throughout my life. As a child, it did not even register. I did not view my father's history of addiction or my grandmother's lack of consideration for others as mental health issues. I do not know to … Continue reading On mental health
One of the hardest things in life is to accept defeat. Defeat never feels good in the short term. It reminds us that we are not invincible; that our will is far from that of God, the universe, or whatever we believe in, and that some day everything we have built up in life will … Continue reading On noble defeat
Shon Meckfessel brings up an interesting point in his critique of Erica Chenoweth and Maria Stephan's 2011 book Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict. The critique cuts to the heart of the modern debate between violent vs. nonviolent means for achieving social change. In short, how can it be proven that nonviolent … Continue reading Is it useful to distinguish between ‘violent’ and ‘nonviolent’?
The great Albert Schweitzer (apparently) once said, ""Life becomes harder for us when we live for others, but it also becomes richer and happier.” The concept of 'living for others' is a major tenant of most spiritual practices in today's world. One can find this concept in just about every major religion from the East … Continue reading What does it mean to ‘live for others’?