You Don't Have a Right to Believe Whatever You Want to
Elohim or Yahweh? Will the Real God of Israel Please Stand Up?
Social media, divisiveness, politics
The main reason that I've backed away from facebook is that I have witnessed --in real time-- myself and co-workers becoming radicalized. Me to the left and them to the right.
The problem is that they are still descending in far right conservatism/alt-rightism and they no longer have a counter-argument at the same level.
Corporate social media has catalyzed divisiveness by filling our timelines with two things:
1. Content they know we agree with 100%. This produces an illusion of a cohesive "side" in our minds. Its the "us" in "us vs. them"
2. Content they know we disagree with 100%. "them" in "us vs. them"
Monetizing the system is the priority. Nuanced ideas don't drive clicks, tribalism does. Outrage and certainty are the de facto standards of the social media age.
Open Source is the solution to Proprietary (and Harmful) Religion
Been enjoying the music from grandson. I hear elements of metal, hip hop and electronic combined with generally progressive/leftist lyrics.
mindfulness and justice
I've been thinking about this a lot lately. One of the things that prevents me from embracing mindfulness-based methods is how often they're weaponized against people whose physical and psychological well-being are routinely harmed by injustice. Instead of using mindfulness as a way to become an incarnation of their alleged pro-social values, I usually see people use it to tell abused people that the cause of their suffering is inside themselves.
Confabulation: Why Telling Ourselves Stories Makes Us Feel OK
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When Philosophy Needed Muslims, Jews and Christians Alike
Adventures in Religious Absurdity
I think the reason the concept of "embracing the moment" as learned through meditation is so powerful to me is because I've always tried to escape the moment that I'm in.
A lifetime of poor self image & social anxiety has conditioned me to flee from what is unfolding around me, regardless if those experiences are good or bad.
Retreating from all those moments has been detrimental to my health. Learning to accept them has been freeing as I've been more able to be engaged in the present moment.
How much does it matter whether God exists?