Category: Human Condition

Essays about the human endurement.

20 Years Later

20 Years Later:A Letter to a Lost Teenager There is so much I wish that I could have told you, so much that I wish I could have done for you. If only I could travel through time to 2002 and be a part… Continue Reading “20 Years Later”

Music & Mental Health: A Path to Recovery

It was the spring of 2021 when I was first introduced to Oliver Daldry‘s music via a U.K. 2015 film titled Departure. At the time, I had quit my job a couple months prior and I was in a low point mentally, struggling with… Continue Reading “Music & Mental Health: A Path to Recovery”

Long December

Long December Another long December has come again, another year of trying to forget the way you made me feel, another year of trying to forgive myself for what I let happen, another year of searching for ways to finally heal. Another long December… Continue Reading “Long December”

The Power of Purpose, Meaning, and Fulfillment

In my late teens and early twenties I knew what it meant to have a sense of purpose, but what I didn’t know was just how powerful its effect really was on my life. My discharge on January 11, 2008, was the first day… Continue Reading “The Power of Purpose, Meaning, and Fulfillment”

World Suicide Prevention Day

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day! Some of us have had suicidal thoughts in the past. Some of us are currently having suicidal thoughts. Some of us have put those thoughts into actions and have had abandoned attempts. Some of us have fully attempted… Continue Reading “World Suicide Prevention Day”

We Are Not the Burden, We Carry the Burden

I would like to share some personal things about myself that I have been experiencing as of late, just in case others can relate. First though, I want to provide some context for why I decided to share my recent experiences. In June, I… Continue Reading “We Are Not the Burden, We Carry the Burden”

Social Media, Psychopathy, and Time Management

In May 2009 I joined Twitter, two months later I deleted my account, and now twelve years after that I have rejoined the quagmire of Twitter for one single reason: it’s the only place where I can follow the vast majority of authors, scientists, philosophers,… Continue Reading “Social Media, Psychopathy, and Time Management”

The Privilege and Risks of Pretentious and Delusional Self-Importance in American Youth

These past several years I have really been noticing a significant rise in bravado, grandiosity, self-aggrandizing, and a false sense of social importance, particularly among young American men. This pretentious view that one is special and important, and that the choices they make have… Continue Reading “The Privilege and Risks of Pretentious and Delusional Self-Importance in American Youth”

How to Practice Empathy and Prevent Emotional Impotence

Your first question after reading the title is probably “What is emotional impotence?” Emotional Impotence is a term sometimes used in behavioral health, also often called toxic positivity or chronic optimism, and refers to the act of compartmentalizing or dismissing negative and often traumatic… Continue Reading “How to Practice Empathy and Prevent Emotional Impotence”

Down the Rabbit Hole and Through the Looking Glass

[Warning: this article contains discussions of suicide, caution is advised for readers who may be triggered by this subject] This writing was never intended for this website, but I have a lot to say and no other internet medium allows me unlimited space to… Continue Reading “Down the Rabbit Hole and Through the Looking Glass”