On Principle And Purpose

Our principles should take precedence over our desires. What we want should never be more important to us than what is right. The problem is that, without a clearly defined, tested, and proven set of first principles in our lives, it is very difficult to know the difference between what we desire and what is…

The Boundaries Of Experience

It is not that which we keep out, but that which we let in that changes us. We do not come into this world close-minded. We are open, aware, and receptive of everything going on around us. We take everything in. We want to know everything. We want to ask every question, test every theory,…

Active Curiosity

New ideas are often rejected, not just out of fear, but out of laziness. The law of inertia applies not only to objects. It applies to us as well. When we are at rest, we tend to want to stay at rest. When we are in motion, we tend to want to stay in motion….

Buffering Regret With Consensus

If we let other people’s opinions determine our path, it is no longer our path. Life is hard enough without adding other people’s doubts, fears, and insecurities to our decision-making processes. Most likely, we have enough worries of our own that having more will not really help us anyway. If we use other people’s opinions…

Beyond A Pragmatic Existence

Pragmatism, along with its attributes necessity, efficiency, frugality, and prudence, is a useful tool, especially with regards to necessity, but it is not an end in itself. The goal of pragmatism is not merely to be more pragmatic. It is a starting point. It helps us to survive and, if used wisely, to thrive. Pragmatism’s…