Category Archives: Controversy

Much Ado About Growth

While reading articles and blogs, I sometimes come across writers who extol growth.  It’s a fuzzy buzzword that appears often in self-help or spiritual writing.  Growth is usually presented as a positive virtue.  In the mental and “spiritual” realms, growth … Continue reading

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Dependence

Have you given much thought to dependence?  I’m not thinking about the contemporary problem of substance abuse.  A lot of thought by a great many people has gone into that type of dependence.  I mean dependence in the larger sense. … Continue reading

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Thinking About Optimism

I wonder if having an optimistic outlook on life is mostly inborn or learned.  Our personalities are complicated.  Psychologists are not precisely sure whether optimism can be successfully learned or if a sunny disposition is part of some people’s general … Continue reading

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True Confessions

Yesterday I noticed a Facebook sidebar mention of a True Confessions page on the social media site.  I was amazed that someone felt the need for further confessions.  After all, scrolling through my “newsfeed”, I see numerous postings containing too much … Continue reading

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Over Ideation

Have you ever thought much about the concept of ideas?  We usually think of ideas as thought elements. My collegiate dictionary further defines ideas as products of mental activity. They can also be convictions, opinions, or principles. There is also … Continue reading

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Fairness

I love those tiny “Shambhala Pocket Classics” books. I keep a mini-library of them on a shelf in my nightstand. Last night I was having trouble dropping off to sleep, so I picked up the miniature copy of The Dhammapada, … Continue reading

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To Justify Evil

Students of the history of the Second World War know that Nazi leader of the SS, Heinrich Himmler was one of the chief architects of the Holocaust. Party insiders knew that Himmler didn’t have much of a stomach for unpleasant … Continue reading

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