100 Things I Know #11 – We Are Not Gods.

Death will prove this to us.   A broken tooth will prove it.   We control very little.   Our own minds muster up armies of thought against us.   We are multiple inside, one part taskmaster, one part rebel, another part mysterious, balancing between divine and hellish desires.   We cannot bend time backwards.   We cannot force immortality.   We …

100 Things I Know #8 – Something Is Wrong

This is not rocket science.   Murder, rape, theft, betrayal, lying, abuse, racism, injustice, war…make your own list.   These actions and institutions feel wrong to us.   They seem so "not right."   Less extreme are the choices many of us face each day, often compelled by this idea: “Do the right thing.”   Politics is made of battles …

100 Things I Know #15 – Negative Energy Does Me No Good

Granted, some people argue that negative thought can smoke out the problems, prevent illusionary thinking, and generally give a more realistic view of the world. However, negative energy and negative thinking do me no good. Faith, belief, inspiration, and hope all lead to better outcomes than thinking a thing can’t be done.   My mental playlist …

100 Things I Know #5 – Meaning Will Not Be Found. It Must Be Made.

Though we stumble upon moments when our lives cohere and suddenly all the our experiences make sense, and these moments often feel as if we’ve discovered an empirical reality that was there all along, the truth is that these moments are moments of our own story-telling, moments we have made. There are facts, and then …

100 Things I Know #3 – Sacrifice (Somehow) Is At The Heart of Love

  Love is the pursuit of the highest good of and for the other. (It was Thomas Merton’s work that first gave me these words.) This must necessarily come into conflict with our own desires and pursuits.   The needs and desires of the other must, at some point, trump our own needs and desires.   The …