in the pursuit of life, liberty, health, & happiness in the pursuit of life, liberty, health, & happiness

How the Selfie Phenomenon is Redefining Beauty

I really liked this video (below), and it makes a very salient point toward the end: that social media (internet/digital technology) is widening the definition...

Please Note: Blog Redesign In Process…

Just a note to visitors: Earlier in the year I took this blog down, and have recently resurrected it, completely redesigned and rebranded. So, though...

The Law of Love vs. The Law of Violence

The following essay by Leo Tolstoy was originally included in the publication "The Law of Love and the Law of Violence" (Chapter 8), and is...

Stories: Such Timid Little Creatures

Stories are like highly sensitive, timid little creatures; during times of stress and chaos and insecurity, etc., they all run and hide. Not a peep,...

The Benefits of Chuckfests

I no longer keep “stuff” around; if an item is no longer utilitarian to me, I chuck it, sell it, give it away, or donate...

Amazon Isn’t Threatening to Drive Publishers & Bookstores Out of Business—Authors & Readers Are

This article was originally published back in 2014, but I believe the points are just as valid today... Seems there’s another feud brewing in the...

16 Precepts for Acquiring the Treasure of Knowledge

At the beginning of his forward to A. G. Sertillanges’ The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Methods, Catholic Priest and Political Philosophy Professor James V. Schall, S. J. makes mention...

Find What You Love, And Let It Kill You

At the time I wrote this, I was in the process of eliminating as many of the petty distractions in my life that I could,...

Making Good Art: Risking Non-Conformity & Embracing Failure

An unfortunate paradox that we all face is this: humanity reveres non-conformists from the past, but persecutes them in the present. Yes, humanity loves conformity: we...

Experiencing Happiness is More Important than Winning

Whenever I participate in games or sporting activities, I try to focus on the ultimate purpose of experiencing happiness and enjoying the activity, rather than the secondary...

Today’s Cognition:

“Beware of those who want to convince you that it is impossible to strive for good just because it is impossible to reach perfection.

~ John Ruskin

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