Temple Bells, Frustrations

The Temptations and Frustrations of Unemployment

I’ve been on the job hunt for 14 months. I’ve had nothing to do on most days for the last 6 months. Everything I imagined I might do or be has failed to materialize. It’s hard to describe the slow decay of the mind and body that unemployment foments. I have tried to keep busy, […]

India

Three weeks in India and nothing to say?

As I have been traveling in India these last three weeks, my mind has been swimming with questions, reflections, insights, and surprises. So why haven’t I written more? I think there is something in me that has learned to take a wait and see approach to life. I find a lot of comfort in things […]

adios

From Adios! …. To Namaste!

Last week, Elise and I said adios to the amazing, friendly, beautiful country of Colombia. Next week, I will say namaste to India and the Himalayan mountains that first captured my imagination 15 years ago. This has truly been a journey the past 15 months. I have had the unexpected privilege of traveling internationally for […]

Read

What If No One Read It?

There is something much more terrifying about writing down my views than speaking them. What if my honesty costs me a job? Something I don’t care about except that I have like $150,000 in student loans (academic assurances that PhD’s are the “original” doctors don’t change the fact that I would have gotten a bigger ROI as […]

Truth

Respecting The Truth

Recently, Lee McIntyre wrote a piece for the Chronicle of Higher Education entitled “The Attack on Truth”. In it he argues that we are living in an age of willful ignorance where people not only remain ignorant to things, but remain so by choice. Is this true? His argument illustrates the difficulty in knowing. McIntyre’s critique […]

Authenticity

Why I Don’t Like Authenticity

Authenticity is a problematic concept. Its current popularity is evident in popular culture as well as academic theory. Social scientists study how authentic relations and experiences are created. Social practitioners design programs and strategies meant to achieve it. But authenticity is problematic concept with significant philosophical implications. The basic characteristic of authenticity is a duality, […]

Social Justice?

Academics Versus Activists in Social Justice

The old divide between doers and thinkers is a tired one. When I decided to pursue my PhD, I felt from some of my old activist friends a sense that I had abandoned the cause. At the same time, my pursuit of social justice seemed to make many of my academic colleagues uncomfortable. It seemed […]

Fundamentalist

A Poorly Designed Trojan Horse

The weirdest thing about being in some scientific settings, having come from fundamentalist Christian contexts, is the striking similarity in behavior between the two. My experience in both is, in part, characterized by a rigid, confident, and narcissistic insistence in knowing the one source of truth. There is, in both communities, a well-developed tradition of […]