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 […]

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, […]

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, […]