Writing

Writing v. Speaking: Writing Is More Artificial…which is not a bad thing

One of the most satisfying aspects of writing and posting something daily is…you guessed it…writing and posting something daily. Writing is artificial in comparison to speaking. What do I mean? When you speak, it is mostly stream-of-consciousness, with opportunities to course-correct, amend, update, or renounce utterances on the fly. I hope all that makes sense.  …

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More Covid Thoughts: Cultural Impacts on Results

The Covid-19 pandemic has been both a global morality play and a world-wide laboratory for observation of social behaviors. For the most part, countries and cultures steeped in cooperation and interdependence have responded better than those based more on individualism. By any metric, western countries, particularly the United States, show far more positive results and …

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How, Not What, Do You Think?

With Seven Practice Questions As I work my way through the excellent essay, Two Concepts of Liberty, by Isaiah Berlin, I am experiencing anew a particular delight , common in my grade school years, of registering how the critical, skeptical, rational mind approaches a question. I am thrilled (which is exactly the correct word) to …

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Heteronomy or Autonomy, You Choose

If you are regularly (perhaps even daily), buffeted by contrary winds, whether they be social, cultural, religious, or political, can you say of yourself that you are free? If your emotional state is impacted every time you turn on the News, every time you read an article, every time you see a Twitter or Facebook …

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We Don’t All Value The Same Things

One of the most intriguing verses in the Bible is this: Every man’s way is right in his own eyes… ~ Proverbs 21:2 NASB This is a statement, in scripture, that confirmation bias and self-enhancement fallacies are universal. It is not a positive affirmation that whatever you think, and whatever you do, is right! It …

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A Narrative About Narratives

The word narrative is a noun meaning: a spoken or written account of connected events, a story. That’s it. That’s the whole definition. There is no lurking subterfuge. There is no attempted brain-washing. There is nothing nefarious about the word.  Are there some narratives that do those things? Undoubtedly. The purpose of some narratives is …

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