Throughout the ages there have been countless horrible deeds committed in the name of family. People have defended monsters simply because they happened to share the same blood. They have put up with family members who have brought them down to the lowest rungs of despair, and for what? because they happened to be related genetically. With the holidays upon […]
The only true task that lies before us is to find value in the lives that we lead. “The meaning of life is to find meaning in life”. -Marcelo Gleiser “I’ve learned that our job is not to change the world. Our job is to change ourselves so that we may more fully love the world as it is”. […]
I open at the close. I still remember the first time I read those words in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and had to work through the idea that […]
Someone has to start. Be the first to say “no”, that we can be better, have to be better. To hold ourselves accountable, to reach for a higher standard, an ideal. The question is what that ideal will be? A certain level of safety is required for people to feel capable of striving towards other ideals, so we must begin […]
Honor is standing by the values you say you hold within your heart of hearts, even in the face of death. Survival without honor, without meaning, is just death in disguise.
I find the current focus on pulling away from eating animals to be quite strange. Don’t get me wrong, I am completely against showing cruelty towards any creature, whether a mammal or insect or even plants. We should all develop a greater respect for the natural world, but many others take that to mean we should never eat another animal, […]
Morality, when broken down to its most basic definition, is a conscious choice to respect anothers right to safety of body and mind. After all, right and wrong only have meaning when one human is talking about something that affects themselves, other humans or living creatures. Yet this must be tempered with the knowledge that life is not black and […]
Many of us, myself included, could do with expanding our views on a multitude of topics, opening up our minds to differing perspectives, if only to really understand why we hold certain views of our own, and of course to sometimes re-evaluate and change those views. Unfortunately these days, I see many people accusing others of being close minded, chastising […]
We have become a soft society, seeking out ways to maximize our comfort and minimizing any kind of discomfort. This may seem like a good thing, and it is in some ways, there is nothing inherently wrong with being comfortable and finding more efficient ways to do things, especially when it frees up time to do what you truly wish […]
What does it mean to have purpose? We talk of these things as though they naturally have import, but they are simply another set of ideas made up by Humans to give meaning to the drudgery of life, especially modern life. The dreams of those who search for meaning in a life that has none except survival until our final […]
Choices are all we have in this world. The choice to leave or to stay, to take a chance on something, regardless of how crazy it is, or the choice to allow our fear of the unknown to cripple us. Which would you rather be, the crazy one..or the cripple? Choose.
Keeping an open mind is imperative, as we understand that many perspectives hold value, sometimes carrying a piece of a grander picture we have yet to uncover. While allowing for an open mind, we must still be firm and unyielding on matters of import, especially when we have reasoned through the subject matter. Humans as a whole must choose a […]
I have been thinking about the concept of Honor for awhile now. I think for most people these days, especially in western culture, the idea of acting with honor simply does not enter into their minds, possibly for their whole lives. It is not surprising considering it is a pretty archaic idea, predominantly associated with knights and nobility. I would […]
Sometimes you just need to stop asking questions and take a leap of faith. Knowing that something is the right thing to do for yourself or others is impossible. No matter how much proof we have, there is always the chance that the choice you make is not the right one, that it leads to unforeseen and possibly disastrous consequences. […]
Pure dedication to a cause. That intense, all consuming desire to stake your life on something you believe to be of the utmost importance to life. People have found so many things to devote themselves to, whether it be a religion, family and friends, a lover, the freeing of a people from the shackles of tyranny, helping the poor and […]