Monthly Archives: January 2008

Sunday Open Thread — Living and Dying on What Others Think of Us, and on What We Do Together

It’s taken me a while to realize how important the opinions of other people in my communities are to me. I keep saying that my blog is just my way of thinking out loud, getting my own thoughts and ideas … Continue reading

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Saturday Links of the Week — January 12, 2008 — The Human Nature Edition

A David Wong trilogy: (thanks to Janene for the links) 7 Reasons the 21st Century is Making You Miserable: Read the whole brilliant, hilarious article. Synopsis: There are not enough strangers in our lives — as a result we fail … Continue reading

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Friday Flashback — Against Love

This week’s Friday Flashback is my article from March 2005, entitled Against Love: Love Politics Revisited. Summary: Author Laura Kipnis argues in her book Against Love that monogamy is unnatural and unhealthy, and possibly complicit in our emotional detachment from … Continue reading

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Human Nature

“A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.”— Paul Simon Until a generation or two ago, we were all taught that animals had no feelings, no intelligence, that they were incapable of feeling pain — it … Continue reading

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Epiphanies to Come

If at first the idea is not absurd, there is no hope for it.— Albert Einstein These days I have the sense that some kind of epiphany is near, some sudden understanding that has eluded me up until now. I … Continue reading

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Finding the Time and Place to Do What’s Important

My life is too complicated. As happy as my life is, it would be happier, and much more productive, if it were simpler. What complicates it most is that I’m trying to do too many things, and hence don’t have … Continue reading

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Sunday Open Thread — January 6, 2008

Chart of group satisfaction by size, from Life With Alacrity These days I’m thinking almost exclusively about Love, Conversation and Community. In the last month or so I’ve lost a sizable number of readers who think this new direction in … Continue reading

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Saturday Links for the Week — January 5, 2008

Image: No Hugging is So Hard, a journal by Xiao Lei (Thunderlittle) from StartDrawing.org via Ampersand Let’s get all the ‘political’ news out of our system early. Then we can finally acknowledge that the political system is hopelessly broken, that … Continue reading

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Friday Flashback — Ten Things to Do When You’re Blue

A few readers have suggested that I should repost some of my more popular and durable articles from time to time, since blog articles tend to get lost in the archives. So since I don’t normally post on Fridays, I … Continue reading

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The US Electorate’s (and Everyone Else’s) Learned Helplessness

I listened this morning to CBC’s coverage of the Iowa caucuses, and was struck by the dismal mood of Democratic Party voters. The election is, after all, theirs to lose. But there was an overwhelming sense, voiced by the supporters … Continue reading

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