I am a big fan of the tragic hero. For those who are unfamiliar, a tragic hero is a central figure in a story who, despite his best efforts and intentions, fails miserably. Think Oedipus. Hamlet is perhaps my favorite example from literature, even though it could be argued that through vengeance he succeeds in … Continue reading Tragic Hero
1. Employment is tied to self-worth. In the United States -- at least on the East Coast for sure -- a person's worth (especially if that person is male) is determined by that person's job. The days of respect for the starving artist and/or Bohemian seem to be gone. In Washington, D.C., for example, the … Continue reading Four things that suck about unemployment
Oh, pain You thrive on fear I will not let you hold me In your icy grip I will struggle against your current No matter how strong I will defeat you With this defiant song
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’?
I can't read the news without getting angry these days, and no amount of unseasonably warm weather can make me ignore the dark clouds looming over Washington, D.C. I haven't looked at any statistics on this, but I would imagine that every therapist in the country has had a full schedule since Nov. 8. I … Continue reading Scrap the SAPs
When I was growing up, I loved Thanksgiving. A lot of the best video games would come out around this time, and I would spend the entire holiday weekend glued to my virtual world -- when I wasn't gorging on Thanksgiving dinner and its leftovers. The only worry I had was that I would have … Continue reading Thanks for Nothing
I have never heard of anyone declaring a resolution on his or her birthday, but I have decided that January 1 is not soon enough for one. Now that I am 30 (although technically I already was, and there is no significance to this number other than that which society gives it) I am declaring … Continue reading Reflections on 30