Satisfaction vs Happiness, Stoicism vs Hedonism, Journey vs Destination

I’ve noticed a connection between these six items: Satisfaction vs Happiness, Stoicism vs Hedonism, Journey vs Destination. Many people are against “Happiness” they say that it is for suckers who want cheap thrills. These “Happiness seekers” have lavish parties, wear expensive jewelry, and drive expensive cars. It occurred to me that the people who sayContinue reading “Satisfaction vs Happiness, Stoicism vs Hedonism, Journey vs Destination”

How to actually change the world in three steps

The three steps, in the following order: Be exceptionally awesome. Being exceptionally awesome will make others uncomfortable. This in turn, will make you uncomfortable. The truth is, is that it’s lonely at the top. If you want to be “accepted” by the herd, you have to accept their standards. But if you’re like me, thoseContinue reading “How to actually change the world in three steps”

The Grasshopper and the Ant – retold

In a field one Spring day, a grasshopper was planting seeds for Summer. It was a happy grasshopper. It kept a song humming all day long. The work wasn’t very engaging, but it didn’t need to be. Along came an ant. The ant said to the grasshopper, “Why don’t you join me? We are about toContinue reading “The Grasshopper and the Ant – retold”

Don’t give up, we’re just getting started.

Everyone has a part to play in the revolution. No one is exempt. This is a full contact spectator sport. There are no “civilians” or “Non-combatants”. Telling yourself that you have chosen to not participate, is a form of participation. This is highlighted in the book trilogy the Hunger Games. Katniss leads the revolution, butContinue reading “Don’t give up, we’re just getting started.”

Have Mercy on Trump Supporters

Everyone is wrong about something. I have never met someone who was right about everything. It’s just too easy to be wrong. I know there is a lot of outrage right now at people who voted for trump. It’s unfortunate that anybody voted. Racist bigots suck. But not all trump supporters are racist bigots. SomeContinue reading “Have Mercy on Trump Supporters”

Cringing, crying, and laughing for my past self

When I was in high school, I took 2 years of video production. I loved every minute of it. I finally had an outlet for all of my crazy ideas. The empowerment that comes from expression has a huge positive impact on my self esteem. I probably published about 15 short films in the courseContinue reading “Cringing, crying, and laughing for my past self”

The killer App that my life revolves around

There’s one app that my life depends on. No, it’s not Pokemon Go. It’s my alarm clock. I’ve noticed that everybody wants to look successful, but no one wants to be successful. It’s lonely at the top. Everyone downloads the app that works for everyone else. The only technique that they know is mimicry. IfContinue reading “The killer App that my life revolves around”

I’m on obamacare (Thanks Obama)

I’m slightly embarrassed to say that I’m on Obamacare. Full disclosure, I still don’t understand Obamacare or healthcare in general. Even though I’ve heard the explanation several times, I’m still surprised when I have to pay out of pocket. I was recently asked what I thought of Obamacare. The extent of my knowledge is thatContinue reading “I’m on obamacare (Thanks Obama)”

How the fear of failure ensured that I failed

I recently started my second month of Praxis. I’ve been watching the other participants through the first month. Their life stories blew me away. I shouldn’t have been surprised to see many of them drop 1000 word essays as their first blog post on day 1 of month 2. I doubly shouldn’t have been surprisedContinue reading “How the fear of failure ensured that I failed”

What if we worked as hard as med students?

I’ve noticed how knowledgeable doctors are. How did they get that way? They study their butts off in med school. They work insanely hard for 8 years. Once they’re done, they have a high paying job waiting for them. Why don’t most people see results like that? 3 reasons: Most people aren’t willing to putContinue reading “What if we worked as hard as med students?”

A non-choice is a choice too (how many stripes do you see?)

I want to start this blog post with an illustration (above). How many stripes are there? If you said 2, you’d be wrong. The correct answer is 3. Two are black, one is white. Even thought it looks like the background, it is part of the image too. Sometimes we think we can avoid makingContinue reading “A non-choice is a choice too (how many stripes do you see?)”