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I like groups when they exist to bolster individual development and growth. I don't like them when membership requires enduring steadily increasing pressure to subvert individual expression. The expression of individuality is unacceptable to the latter type of group, mostly because it's sloppy, unpredictable, non-conforming. Instead,  various expressions of individuality—disagreement, alternate points of view, creative [...]

Burning Man Art: Uncovering Truth

"Is that a lie?" I asked the question as I realized the answer. The conversation with my girlfriend this morning was around the "right" way to respond when someone shares a favorite food or drink—and, by abstraction, idea, story or position—that we don't like. In these situations, we can eke by on half truths such as, "it's interesting" or [...]

Consider above all else whether you've advanced in philosophy or just in actual years. Seneca, Letters from a Stoic, XVI:3 Years mean nothing if we haven't gained wisdom. And wisdom is worthless if it can't be applied. A useful definition of philosophy is that it is the practice of gaining wisdom by studying and consciously exposing oneself to the natural processes of [...]

Art on Death the Companion

You are afraid to die, but come now: how is this life of yours anything but death? Seneca, Letters from a Stoic, Letter LXXVII:18 Death. Some of us hide from it, some of us glorify it. Some of us deny it and avoid it by name. But the task is to learn to recognize the "little deaths" that [...]

The best kind of revenge is, not to become like unto them. Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 6:V If your opponent is fearful, stay aware and find a way to remain courageous. If your opponent is irrational, become rational. If you opponent is deceitful, be honest. If your opponent is bigoted, practice love and tolerance. If you opponent is [...]