Think, Talk, Feel –> Get

I write about virtue all the time. Why? I figured that the more my mind is set on these higher plains of existence, the less my mind will be in the gutters of depravity. In order to write about them, I have to read about them, think about them, and then act based on them. […]

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Omne Bellum

Omne Bellum translated from Latin is “Everything is War.” Exercise. Every time I work out, I go to war. In my mind, I have two options: win or lose. In my heart: press on or give up. There is a battle to begin, another battle to stick with it, and one to finish strong. There […]

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Contemplating Seneca #96: Subtract Desire

Here is a universal piece of advice that spans across cultures and times: Desire Less Starting with Solomon in the Judeo-Christian world: Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless. –Ecclesiastes 5:10 From the Buddhist and the Second Noble Truth: All suffering comes from […]

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Virtuous or Comfortable

You work hard during the day, and what do you want to do when you get home? You work hard during the week, and what is it that you want to do on the weekend? The most common answer would be to relax. It would be to take it easy, maybe watch some television. Sometimes, […]

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Developed in Darkness

Who are you when you are by yourself? When nobody’s looking, are you the same person? In times past, only villains wore masks. Today, almost everybody has one on. The masks hide our identities. But in truth, they really show us who we are. Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. […]

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Who Would You Copy?

Imagine 1760. Books are expensive and hard to come by. And if you don’t know how to read, they will do you no good. Heroes are legendary, because their deeds are passed down by word of mouth. If you want to learn a trade, you find someone who will take you on as an apprentice. […]

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Contemplating Seneca #77

I went down another rabbit hole of reading Seneca’s Letters when I got to the seventh, On Crowds. It is a good one that speaks much of what is going on in the U.S. today. For example, this gem: To consort with the crowd is harmful; there is no person who does not make some […]

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Believe and You Can

I can’t. It is one of the more frustrating phrases I hear from my son. It is especially frustrating when it is said before he even tries. To say the words “I can’t” puts a period on the limits of possibility. Your potential is stopped short never crossing the oceans of faith and hope to […]

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Seek to Understand

Yes indeed, I am going to Bob Dylan for a little insight into justice. Making snap judgments is almost natural. From an intuition standpoint, it may even be evolutionary. But is it always right? A predisposition based on upbringing, cultural norms, and the popular opinion of others is probably even less correct. The easy way […]

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Walking Alone

The wildebeest in the middle of the pack has no ability to affect the herd. It is safe as long as it keeps running. Well, as long as it is not one of the thousands that get trampled along the way. When you run with the mob, you run a risk. Your intentions might be […]

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