In what contexts have you seen people babbling to themselves without a second thought as to what strangers might think?
Maybe it was in a movie like Jim Carrey’s 23 — a psychological thriller in which the main character becomes obsessed with the meaning of a number, prompting a descent into madness as he attempts to puzzle out its mysteries.
There are many other examples of psychological/horror type films that also use the image of the straight-jacketed, babbling lunatic as the poster boy (or maybe girl) of insanity — mostly in the older days, when activists hadn’t yet broken through…
There’s something we need to understand about art and the role it plays in our society, particularly when it comes to stuff that’s a little more in the “borderline” zone.
The art that resonates with us the most says a lot about who we are — it speaks to our moral and political views, our personal struggles in life, and so on.
When I was growing up, the things I was allowed to watch ranged from Scooby-Doo to the Sixth Sense, from Star Wars to Hellraiser.
You may be wondering why a child would sit alone at night and play…
Everyone has their stump, and good wisdom often bears repeating.
Let me tell you about one of the biggest stumbling blocks I’ve encountered as a writer.
It relates to this idea that if I end up writing the same things over and over again, then I’m a hack or a grifter.
When I sit down to write and it feels like I’m just regurgitating what I’ve already written about, I get stuck wondering if I’m truly incorporating the things I learn about in my day-to-day life.
In other words, I feel like I have all the words in the world…
I began getting back into shape just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
I’ve never considered myself “unfit,” as I spent my youth dabbling in sports and taking up breakdancing as a hobby in high school (which I still do eight years later).
But I eventually realized that the biggest weakness holding me back in each of these activities was the overall level of my fitness and conditioning. Wanting to correct this deficiency, I began going to a local park to workout every day and develop my fitness basics.
To me, the basics are push-ups, pull-ups, squats, calf-raises, L-sits, and dips…
A daily writing discipline is nothing short of therapeutic.
I can’t speak for why other people write. I can only speak for why I do it.
To be sure, people list a lot of reasons they take to the keyboard every day to spill themselves onto the page.
Some make a living from their words, others feel the need to tell their stories to counter feelings of loneliness and isolation, others feel that they are using their voice to pursue justice, and others report that they simply enjoy the act of transforming [abstract-thoughts] into [concrete-words] capable of bridging the [communication-gap]…
As well as a short primer on how to train your designer’s eye.
When it comes to blogs, featured images, or video thumbnails, there are a lot of easy concepts that are really no-brainers everyone should work on to elevate their craft.
If we don’t take these principles into consideration, we’re going to end up producing a lot of CRAP!
And no one wants to produce CRAP! their entire lives.
Eventually, we need to refine our CRAP! into better CRAP! even if it will always feel like CRAP! to those of us unfortunate enough to count ourselves among the perfectionists.
If your theory is not true to the nature of humanness you will end up beating human beings like metal on the anvil of your ideology. This creates great human suffering and historical catastrophe.
— Terence McKenna
Human beings are complex entities. The world we have created reflects that complexity.
The problem with modern social and political discourse is that — rather than mirroring this complexity — people seek to simplify, create caricatures, and otherwise box the world into a set of neat, ideological beliefs that explain complex problems in simple terms.
Ordinarily, explaining concepts in the simplest possible terms…
Exploring Mark Twain’s thoughts on originality and plagiarism.
In 1903, Mark Twain wrote a letter to his friend Helen Keller on the subject of plagiarism, making light of the topic and giving his unfiltered opinion on human originality—as well as its limitations.
It was titled All Ideas Are Secondhand, and in it, he writes, “The kernel, the soul — let us go further and say the substance, the bulk, the actual and valuable material of all human utterances — is plagiarism.”
A bold claim, no doubt, especially when so many of us (in the world of writing, at least) have…
“Philosophy” used to mean “love of wisdom,” and people devoted their lives to it for that reason. Nowadays professional philosophers would be embarrassed to acknowledge so naive a conception of their craft. Today a philosopher may be a specialist in deconstructionism or logical positivism, an expert in early Kant or late Hegel, an epistemologist or an existentialist, but don’t bother him with wisdom. It is a common fate of many human institutions to begin as a response to some universal problem until, after many generations, the problems peculiar to the institutions themselves will take precedence over the original goal.
If I never try, I’ll never know.
Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is.
— C.S. Lewis
When it comes to the list of habits most of us never question in our adult lives, pornography consumption is undoubtedly a gross offender.
But after I graduated, failed to actualize my grad school dream, and was forced to confront a life that, for better or worse, wasn’t one that had a future in…
“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” — Joseph Campbell