I was thinking recently about a parasocial interaction online — parasocial because the person does not know me, nor I lim — in which I assisted with an information need. It got me thinking about actions versus reasons and how the two differ. In that specific case, I helped the person with the question despite … Continue reading The “Why” Is Not, and Cannot Be, Uniform
Today, a conversation about the normalization of calls for violence on social media sparked me to wonder what kinds of ethical and moral writings existed about nonviolence — ones that did not take a Christian perspective. While Googling a variety of terminology (nonviolence, ahimsa, &c.), I ended up finding Mark Kurlansky's Nonviolence: The History of a … Continue reading Something I Read About Nonviolence
At the end of 2018, I decided that 2019 would be the year I tried to find (and use) natural-fiber clothing for environmental, ethical, and religious reasons, and I announced this on Twitter during one of those goal posts that basically everyone writes. It is August, I am still sticking to my goal, and I have some takeaways.
A further exploration of a Twitter thread on concord and our polytheist communit(y/ies).
The strongest agalma is the amalgam of the mind contemplating divine images with the senses. Here we mix the prayers, thoughts, and offerings. A god is the lock; the mind-in-pattern its key. The images the mind makes welcome in the Twins drawing back their bows or the keen-sighted Guide. A god flows into any space … Continue reading What Images We Make
On the night of March 12, I had a dream about my middle sister. We were both trying to catch the train to Northampton, MA, and didn't have much time. There was a parking garage, and we needed to park the car, but there weren't spaces. I was praying to Hermes. Then, my sister started … Continue reading Why I’ve Been (Somewhat) Quiet
In the Enchiridion, Epictetus says that we control opinion, pursuit, desire, aversion, and our own actions. How true is this in an era when social media exploits the vulnerable cracks in our human psyches? What of ourselves do we actually control?