Category Archives: Human Condition

Essays about the human endurement.

To be Acknowledged as Existing

To be Acknowledged as Existing 7,432 Americans will wake up today to what will be their last day alive, most of whom will not know this ahead of time. According to the American mortality rate published in 2016 by the … Continue reading

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Choose To Live

Choose To Live Do something that scares you. Go places you’ve never been before. Become the person you wish other people would be. Ever since my mom died almost two years ago, I have constantly faced the mortality of my … Continue reading

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The Inexplicable

The Inexplicable Have you ever stopped to think for a moment how incredibly rare your existence actually is? The odds that you would ever come into being are literally on average a million to one. That’s literally a 0.000001% chance … Continue reading

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How To Research Your Family Ancestry

How To Research Your Family Ancestry So you’ve decided that you want to research your family ancestry, but you don’t know where to begin. Genealogy, the study of family ancestry, is both immensely rewarding and incredibly time consuming. For most … Continue reading

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Ben Tre: Keep the Loneliness Warm

Ben Tre: Keep The Loneliness Warm I hold my face in my two hands. No, I am not crying. I hold my face in my two hands to keep the loneliness warm two hands protecting, two hands nourishing, two hands … Continue reading

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Genetics: The Basics of How You’ve Come To Be

Genetics: The Basics of How You’ve Come To Be Genetics are a fascinating thing. Most of us have forty-six chromosomes in every one of the some fifty-trillion cells that are in our body at any given moment. Each of those … Continue reading

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What the Story of Hiro-Kala Teaches Us

What the Story of Hiro-Kala Teaches Us If you’re not familiar with Hiro-Kala, I’ll give you a brief glimpse. He is a Marvel Comic Universe fictional character created by Greg Pak and Ron Garney, appearing from 2008 through 2011 in … Continue reading

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When A Parent Dies

When A Parent Dies Sometimes we avoid things we don’t want to accept or acknowledge as true, a futile attempt to hold onto the bliss of unknowing.  Days after my mom passed away last year, I sat down and wrote … Continue reading

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The Passenger

The Passenger: Commentaries on the Nature of Consciousness What is consciousness?  It is defined as a subjective experience, an awareness of self or one’s surroundings and the ability to react to it.  Right now, as you are reading this, there … Continue reading

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The American Opium Crisis

The American Opium Crisis The below is a very raw and personal look at heroin addiction, a part of this country’s opioid epidemic. Listen in as Jennifer, the widow of 31 year old assistant bank manager Daniel, talks about her … Continue reading

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Alone In The Dark

Alone In The Dark: Why Children Commit Suicide and How to Prevent It According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from the year 2000 to the year 2014, more than 530,000 Americans committed suicide.  In the year 2014 … Continue reading

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  The Thousand Year Journey Jedidiah Jenkins offers up some inspiring wisdom for those of us seeking deeper meaning in life: Follow Jedidiah on Instagram

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His Empty Soul

    His Empty Soul: How to Heal a Broken Man   There are only a few things every man needs in his life to feel as though he’s living the most fulfilled life that he can. The first critical … Continue reading

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No Arrival, No Destination, Just Being

No Arrival, No Destination, Just Being From Thich Nhat Hanh, the venerable Vietnamese monk who strives to live and spread the teachings of Siddartha Gautama, I’ve learned this simple lesson:  There should be no coming, no going, just being. More … Continue reading

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​Abortion, Abstinence, Abuse, Birth Control, Teen Sex, and Unwanted Pregnancy

Abortion, Abstinence, Abuse, Birth Control, Teen Sex, and Unwanted Pregnancy One in every five American teens lives in poverty.  Abuse, poverty and a lack of opportunity plays an important role in not only teen pregnancy, but also unwanted pregnancies in … Continue reading

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The Darkest Corners of the Cyber World: Sexual Predation and Exploitation

The Darkest Corners of the Cyber World: Sexual Predation and Exploitation Sexual predation and exploitation is the topic of this article, more specifically it’s about catfish who use social media and social apps to seduce and trick young men and … Continue reading

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Everywhere You Go, There You Are

Everywhere You Go, There You Are A decade ago my mind was in a very dark place.  In this darkness I looked for the light, even the tiniest little bit of hope that my suffering had an ending and perhaps … Continue reading

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Words To Live By I’m sharing this video because as a 4 minute reflection, it may very well be the most profound thing you listen to this month, for the next six months, or perhaps even this whole year. In … Continue reading

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The Wall, Illegal Immigration, and the U.S. – Mexican Border

Photo credit: Mike Blake/Reuters The Wall, Illegal Immigration, and the U.S. – Mexican Border The U.S. and Mexican border is 1,954 miles long.  As of last year the U.S. only had enough border patrol agents to securely patrol half the … Continue reading

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Abortion

January 30, 2017 Abortion A touchy subject, I used to be against it.  Then I supported it.  Then I stopped listening to everyone else’s opinions and listened to science. We still know so little about the human brain… what we … Continue reading

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Never Fall Silent

Never Fall Silent As we are graced with a new leader who believes members of the LGBT should not be treated equally and has promised to do whatever he can to undo the progress we have made, I think back … Continue reading

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Lotus in a Lake of Fire

Photo credit: Kelvin Cheuk Lotus in a Lake of Fire:  Honoring Thich Nhat Hanh Thich Nhat Hanh, pronounced Tik-N’yat-Hawn, is a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk.  I stumbled across him when studying Buddhism about ten or so years ago.  Over time … Continue reading

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How Climate Change Affects Our Lives

Leonardo DiCaprio’s film on climate change: Before the Flood “We cannot segregate the human heart from the environment outside us and say that once one of these is reformed everything will be improved.  Man is organic with the world, his … Continue reading

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Muslim Refugees, Christianity and the Future of Freedom

  Muslim Refugees, Christianity, and the Future of Freedom Vetting, the process of reviewing refugee candidates before they come into the U.S., should be a concern for all of us.  In this essay I will discuss why, but above all … Continue reading

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In Search of Self

In Search of Self Over the years I’ve learned that the most potent of personal feelings can be the most consoling and relatable to other people who are going through their own hardships. So without even knowing it, you can … Continue reading

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