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Unproductive, and Proud of It

As the days shorten, I've been working to keep my head above water. Although my spirits often feel liberated and expansive, the state of mind is unstable. My psyche is over-ballasted, and foundering comes easily.

It doesn’t help to live in such a grinding materialist culture, with its competitive measures of worth, in which every human quality is ledgered as asset or liability in the global economy.

As the beneficiary of disability income left over...
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Doubt Is Healthier for the Mind than Faith

This post's title may sound like a call to skepticism, but it's not. In my experience, skepticism gets exercised when I critique someone else's beliefs, but seldom when I consider my own. Doubt, on the other hand, is indiscriminate; I'm as likely to doubt myself as anyone else. Although this can become excessive, to the right degree it's helpful to mental life.

I don't say doubt is healthier for the mind than faith because it's more...
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An Atlas of Angst

Continuing the theme of societal expectations and my failure to satisfy them, I write today from a more detached perspective. At the moment, it doesn't seem to me like everything 'they' tell us is wrong, but I do believe society hands out a map for life that is supposed to lead us to contentment but instead points us toward angst.

We're told to work hard and prove ourselves better than others, so that feeling superior...
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Could Everything ‘They’ Tell Us Be Wrong?

Why should I let others define what's important for my life? Do they know better? Or if they know better, does what they know apply to me?

More and more, I'm thinking not. I'm thinking that what society values is not what I value. I'm thinking that what our culture considers a successful life doesn't apply to my own trajectory, which I still believe--or want to believe--has been a valuable one.

Consider a child raised to feel...
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