Freedom is a worthy goal: the slave-turned-philosopher Epictetus said it was in fact the highest virtue, and over the course of human history many millions have perished seeking it, attaining it, or defending it. But, if you’re lucky enough to […]
Time Freedom: What it is and how to get it
Guest post by Chris Folland (https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-folland-5b3b9814/) Here’s a life question for you: Do you want to do what you want, when you want, with whom you want… for as long as you want? That’s an interesting question, which is often […]
A Humble Recommendation for Intellectual Humility
Intellectual humility as a virtue has taken a real beating lately: our bruising political “discourse,” rancorous media punditry, and social media echo chambers all seem to celebrate, encourage, and reward staking out a position and sticking to it with ferocious […]
14 Rules for Living a Good Life
Every year, I spend a few weeks after New Year’s reflecting on the past year and how things went: what did I accomplish? How did I feel? Did I help my family, friends, and associates with the goals they wanted […]
Can You Ask Better Questions?
Facing a barrage of global and local crises of all kinds over the last several months, media pundits large and small (not to mention your crazy uncle Ralph) are offering up a bewildering and contradictory variety of opinions, each of […]
Develop Routines That Free You – Not Ruts That Trap You
In 1949, the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein visited Norman Malcolm (a professor of Philosophy at Cornell and a former student of Wittgenstein’s) for three months. On the first night of Wittgenstein’s visit, the Malcolms presented a makeshift dinner of liverwurst sandwiches, […]
Is it Time to Rethink Financial Security in America?
Will COVID19 cause us to re-think government policy around economic security in the United States? Is some kind of basic financial security a privilege for the few, or a necessity for all citizens, especially in times of crisis? For at […]
Living With Fear: A User’s Guide
The world is a scary place right now: the novel coronavirus is spreading around the globe; the Saudis and Russians have picked the worst possible moment to engage in an all-out oil price war; financial markets have dropped about 30% […]
For 2020, focus on well-being – not New Year’s resolutions.
It’s the New Year, the season when we typically make our lists of resolutions – the things we resolve to do in the coming year to make progress on our goals. The practice is an ancient one with religious roots, […]
Travels in Africa, Chapter 4: Life is deadly serious, so lighten up and enjoy it.
My last couple of posts, on our travels through Rwanda and Uganda, were pretty serious: suffering, forgiveness, reconciliation, compassion, kindness, and connection are all important topics but can be rather sobering. So it’s crucial to remember that, in the face […]