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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”

Employment Nostalgia

I woke up the other morning thinking about how when I quit my job more than seven months ago, I never thought I’d experience nostalgia about my twelve-year career there. At least not to the degree that I have. It wasn’t the first time… Continue Reading “Employment Nostalgia”

Vaccination?

On July 2, 2021, I joined about a hundred-million other Americans and partook in a medical practice that has occurred for more than two centuries, I received my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, specifically Moderna. I didn’t want to get the vaccine right… Continue Reading “Vaccination?”

Should You Go Back to School?

Should You Go Back to School? Table of Contents Introduction A Data-Driven Evaluation Making a Choice and Initiating the Admission Process Scholarships, Grants, Loans, and Other Financial Aid In Conclusion Introduction An adult or independent non-traditional student is typically defined as a student attending… Continue Reading “Should You Go Back to School?”

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”

Prajñāpāramitā Part III: The Sacred Lotus of the Dharma

Prajñāpāramitā Part III: The Lotus Sutra This is my third and final installment on the three core sutras that define Mahayana Buddhism. It has taken me four years to complete a study of these ancient Buddhist scripture in order to walk away feeling as though… Continue Reading “Prajñāpāramitā Part III: The Sacred Lotus of the Dharma”

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”