Seeking Our Values

We must determine what is important to us and seek that out unwaveringly and unapologetically. Some of us value freedom. Others value money. Others still value possessions or power or family or security or any of a number of things, feelings, or experiences. Values are very personal and very difficult to change. They are also…

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,…

The Lessons Of Youth

One of the most powerful and long-lasting lessons of my childhood came from being required to do chores around the house before being allowed to go outside to play with my friends. As parents, we want the best for our children. We want them to be kind, decent, and successful. And, we want to provide…

Unity With Purpose

Unity is an empty vessel to be filled with whatever form of good or evil we choose. We often throw around word like unity, community, or tribe as if they are inherently positive concepts. The truth, however, is that they are neutral. It is as possible to be united around evil causes, ideas, and behaviors…

Aligning Consciences (The Group And The Individual)

Every group has a conscience, but we must ask ourselves whether that conscience aligns with our own. Some extreme examples notwithstanding, each of us has a conscience, an inner compass if you will, that, if we allow it to, guides our attitudes, outlooks, and decisions. Whenever two or more people gather together for any purpose,…