Monthly Archives: July 2013

Seeing as the Way of All Life

Here’s a thought to ponder, from Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s fascinating and provocative forward to his classic book, The Phenomenon of Man. Seeing. We might say that the whole of life lies in that verb—if not ultimately, at least essentially. Fuller being … Continue reading

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Backcountry Holiday

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“Your Work Is Shit”: Steve Jobs on Negative Feedback

Steve Jobs inspired fanatical loyalty among people who worked with him, but he was also famously difficult to work with. I remember thinking as I read Isaacson’s biography, “Yep, Jobs sure could be an asshole. Doesn’t appear to have been … Continue reading

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Why You Might Want to Write A Novel

In a bit of synchronicity, at the same time that I was posting Karl Marlantes’ thoughts on violence and compassion, I heard a recording of the bard and visionary thinker Terence McKenna in which he said that writing a novel … Continue reading

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Bow of the Day

When everything exists within your big mind, all dualistic relationships drop away. There is no distinction between heaven and earth, man and woman, teacher and disciple. Sometimes a man bows to a woman; sometimes a woman bows to a man. … Continue reading

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The Ritualistic Method of Awakening Compassion (Inuring Ourselves to Violence, Ctd.)

This will likely be my final post on Marlantes’ exceptional book, What It Is Like to Go to War. (Here are the earlier posts in the series: first, second, third, fourth, and fifth.) The most recent posts sketch how we inure … Continue reading

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The Physical Method of Awakening Compassion (Inuring Ourselves to Violence, Ctd.)

Marlantes’ heart-rending description of maddened elephants screaming after being bombed dramatically presses the question: how can we overcome the inurement to violence that prevents us from feeling compassion? As he puts it, “most of us have already been raised with … Continue reading

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