Freight Train

Freight Train

It’s like this: One day, you are born. From your community, you grow up and acquire all sorts of ideas about who you are. You are taught what to think and how to act. And because everyone else around you shares those ideas (or some variant of them), you forget...
Breaking Bread

Breaking Bread

In an article I put up last Christmas, I put forward the idea that the birth of Christ was not some one time event in the distant past, but a continual possibility for everyone. I found this symbolic dimension of Christmas to be more affirming and empowering than the...
Bucket

Bucket

I recently attended a talk a French philosopher named Frederic Lenoir, author of Socrates, Jesus, Buddha. When asked why he chose these three figures and what they had in common, his response surprised me. I had spent countless hours with these three figures and never...
Sunshine (part 1)

Sunshine (part 1)

“Socrates’ method of teaching was (generally) to teach not by transmitting information, but by eliciting from the student what they already know by means of focused questioning.” (Alain de Botton, The Consolations of Philosophy) I’m incredibly...
Quicksand

Quicksand

When you’re suffering, the only thing you can think about is how to end it. In moments when you feel lost, confused, or angry, the mind begins to spin incredibly detailed plans about what you should say or do to alleviate the unpleasantness and set your life straight....