The Love We Have Been Looking For

Dignity and Respect Middle school students taught me some of the most important things I know about love. Before becoming a college philosophy instructor , I was a middle school humanities teacher for many years. Early on in my teaching career, I discovered that middle school students have a great deal of energy that needs … Continue reading The Love We Have Been Looking For

Peaceful Political Discussions: How Not To Be an Idiot in Five Easy Steps

Qualifications and Clarifications First, I am highly qualified to write this post because I am a recovering idiot (I will define what I mean by idiot very shortly), and I still lapse back into it occasionally. That is the most important thing to state. The second important thing to state is that idiocy is not … Continue reading Peaceful Political Discussions: How Not To Be an Idiot in Five Easy Steps

Why Everyone is Politically Correct and No One is Politically Correct: Why the Phrase *Politically Correct* is Unhelpful and Misleading

The phrase politically correct has been around for some time, but it became a dominant feature of cultural discourse this last election cycle. Donald Trump made political correctness or rather ‘anti-political correctness’ the centerpiece of his political campaign. He portrayed himself as a maverick, bucking political jargon and certain political agendas. In one of the … Continue reading Why Everyone is Politically Correct and No One is Politically Correct: Why the Phrase *Politically Correct* is Unhelpful and Misleading

How to Change Your Outlook for the Better: Or Ten Ways to Practice Emotional Alchemy

Profound suffering and darkness mark the human condition. Given that, sometimes it seems like having a positive attitude is delusional, naïve, or even irresponsible. I have come to believe, however, that having a positive outlook is one of the most helpful things in life. Adopting such an outlook is not naïve or delusional, and it … Continue reading How to Change Your Outlook for the Better: Or Ten Ways to Practice Emotional Alchemy

Going on a LiveIt Instead of a DieIt: Beaches, Bikinis, and Pursuing Health

It is summertime, and people are talking about beaches, bikinis, and diets a lot. Diets are weird things. They often seem to focus on deprivation, and I once heard someone point out that the first part of the word diet spells out die. I am not a dietician, and I do not want to make … Continue reading Going on a LiveIt Instead of a DieIt: Beaches, Bikinis, and Pursuing Health