A Political Rant

I try to minimize my involvement in political debate in this blog, because I see philosophy as being prior to a political ideology, and more important to focus on. But I did want to briefly share a few ideas today that have been on my mind, loosely related to politics. “For every thousand hacking at […]

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Plato’s Tripartite Theory of the Soul: A brief Meditation

The Indo-Europeans, who most likely developed a pastoral and agricultural culture somewhere on the rolling steppes of Asia (Ukraine is a popular guess), were introduced to the domestication of horses and the implementation of chariots by the Near East cultures they came into contact with, like Mesopotamia. The story is a bit obscured by history, […]

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Know Nothings: A Short Contemplation

The more we extend and magnify our senses via technology, the more our context shifts. To the eye, unadorned or enhanced by gadgetry, the earth indeed seems to be the center of everything. The soil seems to be the fundamental unit of matter when we observe unaided by a microscope. As we delve down into […]

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The Art of Argument

Let us suppose that we are anthropologists from another planet, visiting earth in order to learn about this complex life form called a human being. All of the earth’s political views, metaphysical views, traditions and culture would be, well, quite alien to such visitors from outer space. They would be objective observers of the human […]

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The Laws Of Human Nature, by Robert Greene, Part I: Master Your Emotional Self

Robert Greene’s newly released book, The Laws Of Human Nature, meets the precedent set by his bestselling The 48 Laws Of Power, Mastery, The Art Of Seduction and The 33 Strategies Of War. Greene specializes in unmasking the Machiavellian side to human nature, and in many ways, this latest book represents a culmination of his […]

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On Responsibility

There is a difference between ‘fault’ and ‘responsibility’ that we often overlook today. You are shaped by forces largely out of your control. As a child, you were stamped with experience, and were very limited in your perception of that experience. Psychological problems, repeating cycles that you notice yourself going through, and even negative personalities […]

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On Selfishness

Many years ago now I had an epiphany: all of us are selfish, there is no such thing as selflessness, and, moreover, there is absolutely nothing wrong with this. In fact, I think if you look around at the world we inhabit, we may be tempted instead to say that there is something wrong with […]

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Love Is…

When we speak of Love, we typically employ it to define a relationship between two individuals. But Love is more like a state of being; it’s a capacity. Typically, when we think we love another, our love is conditional; it depends upon certain qualities that the individual possesses , and if they ceased to posses […]

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A Short Contemplation About Self-Esteem

“If my aim is to prove I am ‘enough,’ the project goes on to infinity–because the battle was already lost on the day I conceded the issue was debatable.” –Nathaniel Branden, The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem Yesterday the thought occurred to me that we are easily persuaded about the subjectivity of perception; I see from […]

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On Finding A Purpose

“To live without purpose,” wrote Nathaniel Branden, “is to live at the mercy of chance–the chance event, the chance phone call, the chance encounter–because we have no standard by which to judge what is or is not worth doing. Outside forces bounce us along, like a cork floating on the water, with no initiative of […]

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