Saturday, August 8
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A Good Reason To Hit The Bottle

A Good Reason To Hit The Bottle

"Life" Issues, Abundance, autonomy, awareness, Challenge, Consumerism, critical judgment, culture, Economy, General Interest, humor, jokes, Laughter, life, Play, Poverty, Secularity, simplicity, temptation, Uncategorized
Admittedly, this is a seemingly trivial problem, as are all the related problems I discuss subsequently, but it drives me certifiably bat-shit crazy, notwithstanding. In fact, I am beginning to suspect that the following problems, though seemingly unrelated, are in fact constitutive of a profound and irremediable  flaw in the deepest foundations, ideologically and psychologically, of knowledge-based late / 21st-century capitalist economies. OK … enough preamble … this is my problem … o You know those bottles of, e.g., hand soap and skin lotion you buy that have bottle caps that double as pump mechanisms? Initially, in their right-off-the-shelf condition, those bottles’ pump mechanisms are all locked down to prevent accidental or inadvertent pumping-out of the contents. Quite reasonab...
Tuesday’s Temptation: Letting Others Steal Your Joy

Tuesday’s Temptation: Letting Others Steal Your Joy

prayer, Prayer Practice, spiritual growth, spiritual practice, spiritual practices, Spirituality, temptation
This morning, I found out that the Supreme Court made a decision that upheld immunity from prosecution for the police. In the specific case, an officer shot a woman four times. She was holding a knife. Pointed down at the ground, not up in a threatening manner. She was shot four times and survived. She sued the officer. He countered with an immunity claim. After various courts saying "no" then "yes," it found its way to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court sided with the officer. This took my generally decent morning and turned it upside down. I find it sad that we cannot allow a civil or criminal court to come to the conclusion that the officer acted rightly or wrongly. I especially dislike the message this gives to policing at large that is, "My bad decision is immune from accountabil...
Tuesday’s Temptation: I’m right! Darnit! and Pay attention to my rightness!

Tuesday’s Temptation: I’m right! Darnit! and Pay attention to my rightness!

prayer, Prayer Practice, temptation
I'm right! Darnit! and Pay attention to my rightness! Or, in other words, attachment to rightness. But not just my rightness but acknowledgment of my rightness. You see, I know that I'm right. That I was right. That my rightness is justified. But by gosh, I want to hear my two team-members say so. This is a true thing before me this morning as emails about a team project have been flying through the air. Do I let go of the micro-aggressions and the multiple soul-sized papercuts? Or do I point out that I am not being heard or acknowledged? This is for a major grade in class. Hmm. The team has come around to my initial suggestion while altogether side-stepping or acknowledging that I articulated the idea. This is such a frustrating place to be in. I feel like I am understanding that...