“Insulated By Thick Layers of Insensibility”

"Where men live huddled together without true communication, there seems to be greater sharing and a more genuine communion.  But this is not communion, only immersion in the general meaninglessness of countless slogans and clichés repeated over and over again so that in the end one listens without hearing and responds without thinking. The constant …

Be Jeff

Over at The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin has a list of personal commandments, the first of which is "Be Gretchen."  If you read the "Be Gretchen" post, you discover something rare: someone reflecting on the sadness of what it means to be yourself.   To be your "self" means to choose to not be (and …

How to Follow Your Heart (given that you find it first)

If I were to ask the inhabitants of Cyberspace to advise my newly minted 21-year-old son about his adult life, one of the chief answers lobbed back would be the ubiquitous charge to "follow your heart."   So, given that how-tos are all the rage among us humans (how to love, how to make money, …