Authoritarianism, Obedience, & Awareness

We continually armor and arm ourselves with whatever most pleases our sensibilities and simultaneously appears most useful. Our calibration systems for this can be distorted from an early age, as a consequence of intense stress, and thus one comes to calibrate maladaptively, and armor themselves with superfluous junk, rust, and poison, that only serves to … Continue reading Authoritarianism, Obedience, & Awareness

Conquering Resentment & Learned Helplessness

When existential pain reaches a threshold no longer bearable, and if you’re equipped with sufficient will-to-curiosity, the adequate intellectual humility to seek what’s necessary, you have created a chance for a meaningful, justifiable existence to transmutes the pain into a worthwhile facet of your journey: “If we affirm one single moment, we thus affirm not … Continue reading Conquering Resentment & Learned Helplessness

Shaping our Stances: The Psychology of Opinionated Rigidity

People are usually unwilling to consider another viewpoint’s validity or change their opinion unless they (consciously or not) believe it will benefit them. This usually involves a subconscious prioritization of fallacious shortcuts to reduce cognitive dissonance, ego defense, social circle groupthink and assimilation to maintain short-term harmony, internal and external. If the pursuit of truth … Continue reading Shaping our Stances: The Psychology of Opinionated Rigidity

Nietzsche contra Schopenhauer, Meditation, & the Buddha

[Originally written January 2016] The works of Arthur Schopenhauer and Friedrich Nietzsche introduced me to challenging philosophical ideas which formed a great part of my thinking in recent years. These thinkers were both German and they both lived in the 19th century. Schopenhauer came first. He espoused a philosophy that was admittedly pessimistic. He believed … Continue reading Nietzsche contra Schopenhauer, Meditation, & the Buddha