Synthesizing the Polarities

How shall we solve this problem, this eternal conflict? The self vs the other. The group like us and the group not-like us.

It requires a philosophy that can unite the two. A way of thinking that values the individual. …


Learning from Death

The grief is fresh. It washes over me in waves. I’ve already tried to distract myself, but can’t — and shouldn’t. The cycles of grief are cyclical, and move between sheer pain and a nostalgic laughter. When it’s fresh, it happens faster and swings higher.

I feel completely silent. Almost unable to speak. There is so much in my mind. There is so much I have experienced. A year has passed where nothing has happened (all while so much happened — what gives?). A day has passed that contained years.

I didn’t know when I…


Eight Billion Experiments

We learn by doing. We do things, almost at random, until we find something interesting. When we find something interesting, we increase our focus on it until it seems chaotic. When the chaos reveals order within itself, we move to the next level. We learn more. Our skills improve. It’s…


Re-redefining Fundamentalism

The term fundamentalism evokes within me something of a Make America Great Again feeling. It’s not a happy feeling — but the words themselves taken out of context are innocent. There’s nothing inherently wrong with making America great again — though that statement brings with it a steam-powered train full…


Rooting Out Christian Nationalism

Few people reject the teachings of Jesus Christ. It’s just those Christians acting like the worst people that muck it all, right? That’s just what we call human nature, and it turns out, you don’t need to be a Christian to be that way.

Christianity was dying. I thought it…


Each year seemed worst than last, starting perhaps…2012? That proves the Mayans were right. It wasn’t quite the end of the world — it was just the end of a time. The end of an era. The end of life as we once knew it.

I don’t even believe things…


A Lament for Labor, Trapped in a Web

Modern Work

We worry about our health, so we thank our employer for our healthcare plan. Yet, we worry less about dying than we do about getting truly sick and needing to actually deal with using that healthcare. In all this, we lack the time to think about the issue truly at…


Do without trying

Study without learning

Work for no reward

Seek and do not find

Help with no goodness

Live with no recognition

Exist only in existence

This is the end striving


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Too Many Problems, Too Many Feelings

I am a failure as a founder. No — I’ve gone to therapy. I know how to phrase this…I feel like a failure as a founder.

My startup was progressing, but too slowly. Everything was taking so long. Was bootstrapping the wrong choice? I’d lost my only employee, failed to…

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