Philosopher/Educator/Writer/Podcast Host & Producer
I'm a philosophy professor, avid reader, I love writing, and I co-host/produce The Existential Stoic Podcast.
Happiness & Authenticity
The Individual’s Dilemma: the Bound Spirit Living as a bound spirit means being bound to a certain way of life, a certain way of valuing, because it is the dominant perspective. We are bound by the norms, practices, points of view, and, among other things, the values that are associated with being a member of society.
What is Strength of Will?
Truth and Lies... “How much truth can a spirit tolerate, how much truth is it willing to risk?” Nietzsche When was the last time you lied to yourself? When was the last time you manipulated the truth, twisted it, sugarcoated it to make a situation or circumstance bearable, to make yourself comfortable?
Philosophy Teaches Us...
I wasn’t surprised to learn that a recent MIT study found that Americans are experiencing a rapid decline in happiness. “Amidst a global pandemic, economic crisis, and social unrest, Americans have experienced a record drop in happiness and life satisfaction.” – MIT
Being a god is all about notoriety, it’s all about being known. Most humans don’t know this, but a god’s power directly corresponds to human worship. Given this, it is crucial for a god that humans recognize your divine work, honor you, and worship you. In fact, those gods who do not receive much attention in the human world also receive little attention in the realm of the gods, the divine realm.
A Walk at Night
“Where are you going?” My mom asked with a knowing grin. I finished attaching my snowshoes and looked up, “I know it’s late,” I replied, “but I’m going to walk to the pond.” She knew I loved walking at night, that I loved the snow, and even though it was almost midnight, she acquiesced. “Okay,” she replied, “but be careful. It’s late…please take your phone and bring a light.” “Don’t worry,” I responded and motioned to my flashlight and phone sitting on the bench next to me.
We all want to live a good life; we want to do well and find fulfillment. The problem, however, is that we often don’t know what a good life is or what it looks like, let alone how to evaluate our own life and progress. Even if we do have an idea of what might make our life good, of what counts as a good life, it is easy to find ourselves doubting whether our own conception is right or whether it is right for us.
Discovering Small Delights
Small Delights and Simple Pleasures Waking up next to someone you love. A kitten or puppy doing what a kitten or puppy does. An unexpected phone call from a friend. An unexpected kindness witnessed in the world. All of these are a potential source of delight.