Tag: psychology

Musing on Life Through Jack London’s ‘The Star Rover’: “The one man” and “The one woman”

I’m a fan of Jack London. He is, like Steinbeck, one of those California writers who hold a special place in my heart. I see myself like them, and their philosophies speak to me. And while Jack London is best known for adventure stories like Call of The Wild, The White Fang, and Sea Wolf,…

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Introduction to LEVELS

Life is a game called Levels. The game has to be fun The game has to be exciting You have to be (stay) excited to play the game everyday You have to know the levels and you have to have a strategy (To maximize probability of desired outcomes) for each level. The game is a…

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Go With The Flow: Trust It

Growing up, my dad often told me to, “Go with the flow.” As with other things he said to me growing up, this only came to have meaning to me after he was gone (…the people we love have a way of gilding us like that, even after they are gone from our lives…). My…

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Avatar Master

There are two main pieces of me: The boy, a child-god, who lives on the inside And the man, an animal, who lives on the outside; The boy, omnipotent yet a god, imaginary… The man, capable yet a man, flesh… The age old question: How to reconcile these opposites (The magical and the rational), which…

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Spelunking

I’ve come to see that a big part of maturity – if not the core of it – comes down to our ability to perceive reality without bias, without denial, and without escape.  To be well-adjusted to life is to be at peace with it, for better or for worse, because, fact is, you will…

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Get Thee Up

“I wake up every morning and check if I am in a state of grace,” a 31 year-old Leonard Cohen told an interviewer in 1965. Every morning of your life, you choose whether your soul is in a state of grace or not. Now, whether or not this is a conscious choice is up to…

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Blind Spots

Biases, weaknesses, complexes, assumptions – things that cloud our objectivity – we all have our shortsightedness.  Unfortunately, we typically do not recognize blind spots until they become clear: in hindsight, where we can see them – often for the first time.  The cause of our blind spots are as varied as human folly, and as…

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The Suck: Choice is Yours

Melancholy days. I still have them; usually they happen when life doesn’t live up to my expectations.  There is, of course, the adage that, happiness is reality minus expectations. It follows then, that we are, for the most part, responsible for our own happiness or sadness; however, I find value in all emotional states: the…

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