The Troubles with Christmas

As our family Christmas gathering approaches, we might assess the troubles ahead, just in case we aren’t already completely conscious about what goes on at these events.   And most of us are not completely conscious, nor are our relatives and their spouses and kids. There is, we could predict, only a small chance that […]

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The One-step Process to Becoming the World’s Most Successful Person

“Everyone who wants to follow the warrior’s path has to rid himself of the compulsion to possess and hold onto things.” Carlos Castaneda,  The Eagle’s Gift Out here in rural Arizona, lots of my neighbors are armed to the teeth, ready to fight to the death, I guess, for their property and maybe even their […]

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Why I Don’t Trust Your Feelings

emotion: 1. agitation of the passions or sensibilities often involving physiological changes.    2. Any strong feeling as of joy, sorrow, reverence, hate, or love arising subjectively rather than through conscious mental effort. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language Lots of us have been taught to trust our feelings. Bad idea. Most people seem […]

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Welcome Your New Guardian Angels

Lots of people claim that they have a guardian angel looking after them, helping them avoid danger and assisting in their every endeavor.  Unfortunately, their claims can never be verified, so we have to assume that their guardian angels are a creative personal response to life’s uncertainties, a psychological creation that gives them comfort. The […]

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How to Avoid the Dead-end of Cynicism

It’s easy to get sucked into cynical explanations for the behavior of other human beings these days.  Cynicism is the armor many people wear to ward off a challenging and complicated modern reality.  Most people I know are at least somewhat cynical, and lots of people are shackled and disabled by the critique they have […]

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