What Is “It?” Can’t Say…but you can feel It

Linear time is fake news that your brain broadcasts to your ego, causing a constant low-grade stress over its alleged impending doom. The heart and the gut tell you not to fear, that every point in time is eternity and the thrill ride you’re on brings you back where you began. What is good news […]

“Fear and Loathing” Turns 50

My internal space-time calculator did a double take yesterday upon reading this longish but fascinating Facebook excerpt of Hunter S. Thompson writing about writing — in particular, the making of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which apparently just turned 50. Hard to imagine we’ve made fifty trips around the sun since Thompson pulled that […]

Universalism: That All Shall Be Sózóed

Q: How does Universalism/Perennialism* reconcile the vast differences between religions? *These terms aren’t identical, but there is a great amount of overlap, and I identify as both. A: Perennialism, to a large extent, and Universalism to a lesser one, are not distinct theological statements that can be contrasted with other religions. They are, in a […]

End of the Road?

One of the narrators of “Birding,” the one whose biography most closely resembles mine, spent a few years living in close proximity to the fabled Pacific Coast Highway, aka California Route 1, not far from the area called Big Sur. This is the place where the Santa Lucia Mountains meet the ocean with skin-on-skin intimacy, […]

E Unum Pluribus

Nature is an inside with no outside. Our methods of observation and selective attention create the illusion of boundaries, but in order for Nature to have the meaning that naturalism gives it, we must also recognize its boundlessness. We must see at as the One from which many have come as opposed to an assembled collection of many.

Beyond These Four Walls

If your ego is the main character at the center of your unique “I am” story, your soul is what your character experiences as it starts to suspect that it is being played by an actor. This experience makes no sense in the context created within the walls of the stage, but something tells you nonetheless that it’s true, that when the curtain falls on this stage, you, the actor, will persist.

The Honeymoon Isn’t Over (It Never Began)

Biden’s victory is a stopgap that will halt our fast decline into something worse, like catching hold of a tree or a ledge as you’re sliding down a mountain. The next task is to get on our feet and climb toward something better than we are now, something that more resembles a true social democracy. We have to understand that Biden and the DNC establishment will now be among the opposition for this task.