The idea that pity and respect are the same thing is not overtly stated, but it underlies many arguments for equity, also known as equality of outcome. I would like to make the case that while we may pity certain individuals for their unfortunate circumstance, that does not mean that they merit respect. Respect is …

Ideas as viruses

I heard ideas as explained as viruses on this episode of Mixed Mental Arts with Bryan Callen and it made a lot of sense. I used to believe and I think this is common that for us to embrace an idea it must be at least in some way good for us. Our perceptions of good …

Aphorisms

An individual unacquainted with history makes their way through life like a sumo wrestler fighting with his legs tied together. God is not interested in punishment, only results. I cannot be there, only here.

I’ve been trying to wrap my head around what femininity and masculinity are all about and it’s been a struggle. Everyone’s definitions appear to be different. I have observed however that while people’s verbal definitions are very different how they represent femininity and masculinity over time has not changed significantly. While there is currently societal …

This week I watched as UVU hosted Deray McKesson a prominent leader of Black Lives Matter and the host of Pod Save the People.I had some issues with the points he was alluding to throughout the discussion. In his defense, I’m not sure that he is fully aware of the message he is sending. I …

We cannot fully wrap our finite minds around the complexity of the world. It gets even harder when we try to wrap our heads around the complexity of the world over time. You need some simple tools that abstract away the unnecessary stuff leaving behind enough information for you to learn something useful. That’s how …

Stoicism basics

I’ve been diving into Stoicism lately, and have found it to resonate with me. When I first heard others talk about the stoics, it appeared to be about making yourself devoid of all emotion. Never show happiness, sadness or really any emotion. What I have learned is that Stoicism isn’t about denying emotion, but directing …