That people are being gas-lit every day. That the environment is getting worse. That we’re only a few steps away from reenacting The Handmaid’s Tale. That subjugation and merciless violence continue unabated. That the rights, freedoms, and unnamed liberties that some segment of Americans take for granted remain elusive or unrealized for millions more. And […]

Many times in a life, there comes a reckoning of sorts.  A time when viewing the past through the lenses of experience and brutal honesty becomes more than an activity–it becomes a way of life. Sometimes, but not always, suffering comes galloping in on the most pale of horses and lays waste to an otherwise […]

The deep-seated fallacy of hindrance (or in technology parlance, “blocked by”) in a lot of our narratives, interactions, and goals. We tend to cling to embedded narratives in terms of fallacious pre- and post-analysis.  We tend to self-recriminate ahead of time or ruminate on an outcome that we either didn’t anticipate or couldn’t predict. Rather […]

To buy your consent? To buy your ignorance? To buy your ethics? To buy your blindness? To buy your silence? On the inverse-side: To buy your generosity? To buy your kindness? To buy your empathy? To buy your curiosity? To buy your alignment? The cost isn’t always paid in terms of monetary exchange.  It’s more […]

Heroes and leaders: Put on their pants just like everyone else. Have to stretch, train, learn, practice, and fail like everyone else. Wear protective gear and take safety precautions like everyone else. Speak and listen to others as they’d want to be spoken and listened to (like everyone else). There aren’t any secrets. Humility and […]

It can be scary.  It can carry a lot of energy and sound like someone’s unloading.  Maybe that’s the point.  All their fears, desires, and dreams laid bare.  Maybe it carries a lot of intensity.  That’s certainly something I’ve gotten from people in the past.  “You’re too intense”, they’d say. Maybe that’s born out of […]

Communicate like we mean it? Love each other the way that we deserve? Engage in the work that matters? Really know what we want? Treat others the way we would want to be treated? Treat ourselves the way we would want to treat others? If you feel even the slightest pang, and you’re honest with […]

Is it the fault of the struggling individual to ask for help? Or is it the fault of the peers, onlookers, and bystanders who either ignored the struggle or never acted? Your answers to these questions might show you more than you think.

I did something this morning I haven’t done in a few weeks: I absently scrolled through a social media feed and internally-catalogued my response to each piece of “information”.  I recognized what privacy advocates and anti-social-media pundits have been crowing about for years: these platforms are means of surveillance, manipulation, and profit at their users’ […]

That jacket you just bought. Those shoes you just got. The photos you’re taking. The posts you’re writing. The words you’re using. The furniture you’re having delivered. If your answers don’t begin and end with “me”, “myself”, or “I”, then it begs the question: who is it really for?  Are you spending money to buy things […]