We’ve all felt the pressure to censor ourselves in light of the modern affinity for outrage. Where it once would have been reasonable to confront perceived insensitivities privately and with a tone of understanding—we have all spoken thoughtlessly after all—there is now prestige for making the confrontations as embarrassing and public as possible. Thus, even without broad acceptance of the social justice dogmas, public discourse is subject to the constant anxiety of attack from the lowest common denominator. Society feels the need to censor ourselves to appease the most sensitive and mentally distorted, whose pathology is reinforced by the increasing number of avenues to harass those they deem bigoted. Thus, thought-policing works its way into every sector of society, sabotaging anyone unlucky enough to land in its crosshairs. As the scope of publicly accepted opinions narrows, solutions grow increasingly unlikely. Society exists in a bubble of logical fallacies from which we can never grow. The only antidote is honesty and a willingness to think differently.Read More
We are all pulled by a selfish shadow. Our shadow is that capacity for evil that is within us all, but it is also a source of great revelation, strength, and wisdom that allows for much greater good. Every shadow drive has this duality which speaks to the need to become familiar with it through thoughtful reflection. To explore the shadow we have to be honest with ourselves. In doing so, we can learn to be more honest with the world. Radical honesty is bridging the giant gulf between what we show on the outside and who we are on the inside. It makes solutions and growth likely. There is more short term discomfort with far less long-term pain.Read More
We’ve made it through another May! With school wrapping up, families rev into overdrive. Our society’s compulsion to celebrate and sensationalize every arbitrarily assigned group participation manifests in non-stop self-aggrandizing and inauthentic ceremony.
The gap between what we say we are and what we actually are grows by the day. Everyone knows it, yet we all smile politely. And all along we drift further from the obvious truth: The ceremony isn’t what’s real. The things we do should have merit for their own sake.
Is there a larger cost to our societal insistence on evermore fan-fair?Read More