One of the biggest challenges in life is learning when to make peace with defeat, and when to keep fighting. We all have unfulfilled desires. It’s the unfortunate reality of being human. You can try to satisfy your desires, you can ignore you desires, or you can lose them. These are the choices you have […]Read More Small Deaths
This post is the first in a series of posts that are intended to provide support for the argument I made in my post on the value of diversity in a liberal democracy. My final post of this series will explicitly trace the evidential thread I’m weaving through the moral, social, and political terrain, so […]Read More Slouching Toward Bethlehem: The Essential Diversity of the Moral Point of View
It’s been almost exactly 8 months since my last blog post. Instead of adapting the course materials I was teaching last semester to blog posts, I ended up writing a chapter of my dissertation. This turned out to be very good for me since it guaranteed my funding for this semester. I’ll let you in […]Read More Diversity in a Liberal Democracy -Friend or Foe?
It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything. There’s a good reason for that. I’ll get to it shortly. Before I do, however, I want to revisit the purpose for which I started blogging. What I say in the “about” section is accurate, but I think the picture I have in mind is larger […]Read More Label: Just Add Serotonin
When I lived in Denver I took a part time job working at a fine arts gallery. It was a large gallery that carried a variety of art forms. We had paintings, sculptures, mixed media pieces and even a small section with local folk art. When I was alone in the gallery I’d run my […]Read More Part II: Abstracta
With the exception of a few, short-term roommate situations over the years, I’ve always lived alone. I am sure it’s partly due to personality—as gregarious as I am in public, I’m essentially an introvert—but it also has to do with having control over the aesthetic quality of my space. Over the years it’s become obvious […]Read More Mini Post: Living Architecture
Talking about loss is never easy. When losing takes the form of a very long untangling you become good at forgetting. And when you allow yourself to remember, everything starts to ache all over again. I feel arthritic and bent by time. I’m moving through this terrain slowly. The story I’m carrying is so richly […]Read More Part 1: The Beginning
This week my life is inundated with grading and dissertation writing. I do, however, have a weekly post in mind, but it’s not clear whether I’ll have the time to write it up and post it by Sunday evening. That said, the post has been roiling in my mind for over a week now. I’ve […]Read More Mini Post: Lessons From History For The Less Than Empathetic
I managed to run out of the house this morning without my charging cord. It’s only a matter of time before my iPad fails and I have to go home to work. I think I’ve got enough time to craft a response to a question about what I posted yesterday. Let me elaborate somewhat on […]Read More More Lovin’: You’ve Got Questions, I’ve Got Answers!
I live in a small, urban, studio. From my desk in the corner of the room, I can see almost my entire life. Currently: The sun slips obliquely through the south-facing windows, limning the arched back of a dog on a disheveled bed. Rumpled on a chair is the heated blanket I washed, hung to […]Read More How To Love in Three Easy Steps