Principled Sacrifice

Whether we like it or not, our consumption habits are not a completely neutral act. We bear responsibility for either rewarding malicious intent or punishing. In the modern world, nothing speaks louder than the refusal to purchase. Saturated in the incomprehensible magic of modern technology, it shouldn’t seem that crazy to identify a few causes worth self-denial. We’ll still live the most lavish lives in human history and probably be able to find a more rewarding substitute. No one ever regretted giving up McDonalds, anyway.

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Easy

In the early stages of skill development the benefit curve is steep, bringing broad scale pay-off for each incremental step forward in progress. This is because you still have so much to gain in both the specific pattern of juggling or handstanding and still stand to gain all the peripheral benefits to follow. As the work continues and you grow closer and closer to relative mastery the benefit curve levels off.

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Friday Musings: Philosophical Brothers and Sisters

The people I am close with may not appear to be close friends at all. I may go weeks or even months without checking in. Time, ambition, and the unpredictability of life has created physical distance. Still, when we see each other there is an immediate depth and love. It is like coming home. You are connecting with someone who has the capacity to know you and relate to your worldview.

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Stop Trick-or-Treating and Grow Up

Don’t get angry at community members for uttering the obvious: “Aren’t you too old for this?” Cue the indignant parental response: “It isn’t fair to my baby for people to ask that.” Actually it is completely fair. If your high school junior wants to dress up as Maui and ask for Twix, that’s cool. He just better be ready for some raised eyebrows. I wouldn’t get offended if the bank teller looked at me weird when I asked for a lollipop, or the mall Santa told me to get off his lap. It’s part of growing up. Still, many believe it is their role to fight all battles, thus perpetually delaying maturation. Adulthood and self-reliance, rather than exciting goals for our children, have been transformed into a dreaded expiration date that society is trying to fend off as long as possible. It is the overgrown children who pay the price.

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Friday Musings: "Good" vs. Recognizing Value

Learning from negative situations does not come from simply deciding that they experience was actually positive. Moving through and growing beyond hardships comes from first understanding the challenges for what they are. We might eventually deem any challenging time as a net positive, but this perspective comes only in hindsight. Deciding to call something “good” from the depths of negatives emotions is delusional and actually limits the scope of growth that will follow.

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Friday Musings: Women's and Men's Progress Are Not Mutually Exclusive

Characteristic of today’s social justice dogmas, another undeniably good cause has been so perverted by hyperbole and an inability to perceive nuance that we are left with only two extreme poles dominating the public debate. We must dispel of the notion that male progress and female progress are somehow mutually exclusive. The sexes aren’t battling for a finite reserve of power. Rather, each sex benefits from the other’s progress. Males and females are symbiotic.

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We’re All Wrong. Republicans. Democrats. Even You. So, What Now?

We- all of us- need to start getting very comfortable with the idea that we don’t have much figured out. Our beliefs are certainly faulty, needing refinement. Progress is only possible when people overcome the immaturity and insecurity that drive delusional certainty. The consensus of history’s most brilliant minds is that learning more only served to expose them to a constant bouquet of their own miscalculations and misassumptions. Let’s be open to confronting our own obvious ignorance and finding ourselves better today than yesterday. To do so, lets’ honor the inherent truths that underlie our “opponent’s” beliefs and work to explore the flaws in our personal world views. Whether Republicans, Democrats, or dogged independents, we have much to learn and always will.

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