Is it bad to be political? A lot of people seem to think so lately. For example, frequently in the news, I will hear someone accuse someone else of being political about an issue. And the feeling with such accusations is that the accused is somehow acting in a distasteful, manipulative way. Maybe you are… Continue reading Is it Bad to Be Political?
Can honesty ever be unvirtuous? I think initially many of us would say “no”. After all, many of us feel understandably that honesty is the best policy, as the saying goes. However, recently, I have become concerned about a troubling trend that I will call unvirtuous honesty. To explain what unvirtuous honesty is, it may… Continue reading Aristotle on Unvirtuous Honesty
The title of this post “Hegel was Right: We Need the Dialectic” is probably one of the least click-bait blog post titles anyone has ever written. I’m aware of this. And that is probably why I have hesitated to write this post, despite wanting to do so for over a year now. And perhaps another… Continue reading Hegel Was Right: We Need the Dialectic
Hope is powerful. And hope is the birthright of everyone. But sometimes it is hard to have hope. Hope is the conviction, in spite of contrary-seeming evidence, that things will somehow turn out well. And it is the related belief that no matter how bad things seem to be, they can change for the better… Continue reading How to Kindle Hope in the New Year
Christmas can be full of miracles. But Christmas can also be full of stress. Both of these are a part of my Christmas experience. First, I want to talk about Christmas stress. I was really lucky that growing up, I had lovely Christmases. My mom loves to decorate for Christmas, and she and Dad always… Continue reading About Christmas Stress and Miracles
Is encouraging positivity helpful or harmful? Positivity is a buzzword in recent years. In fact, you have probably heard people recently urging you or others to be positive, to focus on positivity, or to strive to be happy. Philosophers and other thinkers and writers have long explored how humans can be more happy. For example,… Continue reading Is Encouraging Positivity Helpful or Harmful?
I think about suffering a lot. It may sound morbid to think about suffering frequently. But some sadness, painful emotions, and general suffering is a normal part of life. So, thinking about suffering and how to deal with it effectively is a survival skill. The Buddha certainly thought so. The Buddha was a prince who… Continue reading The Buddha on Our Thoughts, Anxiety, and Suffering
Are some people better than others? Sometimes we feel that way. For instance, we might look at other people and believe they are more successful, talented, gorgeous, handsome, or wealthy than we are. And these observations make us feel like they are better than us. Or, on a related note, we may believe we are… Continue reading Are Some People Better Than Others?
This is a message from Resilience Mouse for when we feel too small: Small things are powerful. Don't underestimate the power of small actions, thoughts, words, and steps done with love. Keep reading for Shelly's commentary. All of us feel too small sometimes--like we don't have what it takes to succeed. Maybe we feel like… Continue reading Resilience Mouse: When We Feel Too Small
I have been thinking about self-compassion lately and how it can help us tremendously. To illustrate this, let me tell you a brief story about myself. When I was in elementary school, I really had problems organizing myself for some reason. It was probably because I had a lot of big ideas and got stuck… Continue reading Does Self-Compassion Actually Help Us?