King

What do you do with a deposed king?

There is a question that I have posed to some of my friends and thought partners over the years regarding the ambiguous nature of undoing privilege and unjust power. It was this: ‘If you’re not going to kill him, what do you do with a deposed king?’ In this question lies an aspect of undoing […]

Loneliness

A Deep Loneliness

There is a deep loneliness that is always with me. It wants to be talked about, and then scolds me for indulging its desire. It assures me that I am a fraud, even as it provokes me to prove myself. The loneliness is always there, always hurting me. Its loyalty a perverse reminder of what […]

Vote

Why Your Vote Matters (Even When You Lose)

There is an idea nearly as old as voting that hangs in the backs of the minds of democratic participants: My vote doesn’t matter. The feeling is underscored in contemporary America by the dominance of billionaires, media conglomerates, powerful special interest groups, and local and federal governments who seem more interested in maintaining power than […]

Vulnerability

How To Practice Vulnerability

Vulnerability often connotes weakness in the US and other western cultures. Nonetheless, vulnerability is one of the most powerful and transformative postures we can take. In a culture that champions competition, choosing a posture of vulnerability can be difficult. There is so much emphasis on establishing an unimpeachable reputation, a veneer of power and knowledge, […]

Hope

Confessions of a Hopeful Introvert

Confession: Just because I believe in people does not mean that I am particularly excited to be with them most of the time. I have, at times, deep anxiety about having to be with people or talk to them or be in any way socially obligated to another person. My introversion has deepened over the […]

Saved

When She Saved My Life…

When I met her, I was more of a mess than I knew. I was a college dropout, convinced that I couldn’t learn. I was depressed in the kind of hopeless way that is even deeper than my usual morose. I very well may have run off into the woods and abandoned all relationships. That’s […]

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 […]

Good

What is Legal Versus What is Good

When I hear people refer to the importance of the “rule of law”, I am usually suspicious. I am suspicious of what is being given the illusion of goodness under the cover of legality. In the U.S., much pride is taken on being a country of rules where we strive to apply the law evenly, consistently, […]

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, […]