Yesterday I saw this LinkedIn post with the AP News article about Ji-Young, the first Asian American Sesame Street character. […]
Archive for ‘Philosophy’
So I like thinking. A lot. Since I shed the restrictive burden of Protestantism five years ago, I’ve decided to be a good human being, striving not to hurt anyone and considering my steps from an empathetic perspective. It’s considerably more satisfying to do good out of your own desire than out of fear to burn in hell.
Talk to anyone who has denounced religion and they will tell you they’ve been through a complete reboot of Social Value Coding. All day (for years) you spend trying to figure out if your actions reflect your own needs or just what you’ve been told to for several decades. Believe me, it’s much easier to stay with religion. I didn’t do it to make my life easier.
Thus, when people have asked me what my religion is–or what I believe in–I have note been able to give a short answer. I’m not an atheist, humanist, spiritualist or anything else conveniently nameable by modern standards. I have been reading, thinking and writing about the source of human feelings & emotional energy as well as more perceivable sciences like astrophysics & biology or theories attempting to explain black holes, quantum leaps, spacetime and such things.
Only recently did I reflect that this way of interacting with the world, is commonly called Philosophy. So here are my rants based on independent research, considered by Marjolein.
“Philosophy is the study of the general and fundamental nature of reality, existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language.”
Short Dreams: Smoked Ham
I joined a walk with some kids and their caretakers for a school project. As I was proudly digging into the ham, my friend Mary takes a second look.
“That ham is rotten.” she says.
A deer was in the road, freshly hit by something coming the other way. Looked like it could have been […]
The Gun Culture Part VI: Taking a Shot
More than 97 guns are owned per 100 people in the United States. Serbia is second with 58 per 100 […]
Memory of Date Rape
I want to bury my face in a pillow or say “no” but am frozen in mute fear of facing violence. He is fifteen years older and I feel vulnerable.
Campfires and Dead Mice
When sleeping outdoors not too long ago, I watched a couple standing by a campfire. They looked positively satisfied with […]