Modern Day Pharisees: Spiritual Materialism, Narcissism and Hypocrisy

About 2000 years ago, the religious leaders of a little known Roman province noticed a strange and disturbing development. A certain precocious young man was going about the country trash-talking them. He claimed they were hypocrites who didn’t practice what they preached. He said they just painted their faces white to pretend they were fasting.Continue reading “Modern Day Pharisees: Spiritual Materialism, Narcissism and Hypocrisy”

Redefining Strength: Mindfulness vs. the Insecure Man-Child

It was like the internet had just vomited all over my screen. I’d just had a popular Youtuber recommended to me. Apparently he had spoken well in the past on topics such as well-being and inspiration. Sure, he came on a little strong at times, I was told, but generally he gave a motivating andContinue reading “Redefining Strength: Mindfulness vs. the Insecure Man-Child”

A Crisis of Purpose: The Modern Flight From Reality

There’s a certain thought experiment that has been disturbing me for a while now. When I first heard it, years ago, I thought it was interesting but mostly theoretical and irrelevant. Now I think it throws a floodlight onto what might well become a defining crisis of the twenty-first century. In 1974, philosopher Robert NozickContinue reading “A Crisis of Purpose: The Modern Flight From Reality”

Imagining Shangri-La: In Defence of Utopian Thinking

Imagine: You have been given a chance to recreate society completely from scratch. Yes, you personally have to devise a set of principles by which we will all live. But there’s a catch: You don’t get to know who you will be in this society. You don’t know if you will be rich or poor,Continue reading “Imagining Shangri-La: In Defence of Utopian Thinking”

What Dreams May Come: Dealing With the Rise of Eco-Anxiety

You and your family board a plane. As the plane takes off, something strange starts to happen. The passengers get out of their seats and start removing or damaging ever-increasing portions of the plane itself: engine, wings, fuel pumps, navigation, electrical, windows, steering, etc. Understandably, you start to panic. You rush over to the passengersContinue reading “What Dreams May Come: Dealing With the Rise of Eco-Anxiety”

Be the Change: Mindfulness and Social Justice

What do you think of a monk going off to meditate in a cave for years at a time? How about decades? Such a person might well be the world champion of meditation. Maybe they are a bona fide Enlightened One. Or maybe they’re a certifiable headcase from the lack of human social interaction. ButContinue reading “Be the Change: Mindfulness and Social Justice”