Category Archives: discourse

Language is a “dictionary of faded metaphors.”

With regard to mental relations every langauge is a dictionary of faded metaphors (Jean Paul, 1804) Language is a technology, and all technologies have limitations. Language is especially limiting as there can be no words to encapsulate the real-world experience

Language is a “dictionary of faded metaphors.”

With regard to mental relations every langauge is a dictionary of faded metaphors (Jean Paul, 1804) Language is a technology, and all technologies have limitations. Language is especially limiting as there can be no words to encapsulate the real-world experience

Handle an illusion, shyly.

We are often faced with the challenge of choosing between two goals that we cannot often achieve simultaneously; making a point, or making a difference. Both of those are attempting to transform a mind from some sort of illusion, some

Handle an illusion, shyly.

We are often faced with the challenge of choosing between two goals that we cannot often achieve simultaneously; making a point, or making a difference. Both of those are attempting to transform a mind from some sort of illusion, some

The best questions emerge, not from ignorance, but from deep understanding.

There is, of course, merit in asking questions to gain knowledge, a first step. But the more you understand, the more profound, complex, and challenging your questions become. Life is perplexing, confusing, complicated, and full of paradoxes. Questions about those

The best questions emerge, not from ignorance, but from deep understanding.

There is, of course, merit in asking questions to gain knowledge, a first step. But the more you understand, the more profound, complex, and challenging your questions become. Life is perplexing, confusing, complicated, and full of paradoxes. Questions about those

The value of criticism is not found in what it denounces or condemns. Criticism’s value is found in its being imaginative and prophetic in its evaluation of our possibilities.

Criticism–and it’s noun “critique”–is frequently understood as negative, that its only existence is to be oppositional to the dreamers and the optimists. Criticism is also seen as an enemy to progress, or the mere pessimistic expression of despondent peoples. Criticism

The value of criticism is not found in what it denounces or condemns. Criticism’s value is found in its being imaginative and prophetic in its evaluation of our possibilities.

Criticism–and it’s noun “critique”–is frequently understood as negative, that its only existence is to be oppositional to the dreamers and the optimists. Criticism is also seen as an enemy to progress, or the mere pessimistic expression of despondent peoples. Criticism

A mature person is someone who is not easily offended.

offended |əˈfendəd| : “resentful or annoyed, typically as a result of a perceived insult.” mature |məˈCHo͝or| : something has “fully developed” or has “reached an advanced stage of mental or emotional development.” Therefore, someone who is easily offended means that

A mature person is someone who is not easily offended.

offended |əˈfendəd| : “resentful or annoyed, typically as a result of a perceived insult.” mature |məˈCHo͝or| : something has “fully developed” or has “reached an advanced stage of mental or emotional development.” Therefore, someone who is easily offended means that

Labels are a distancing phenomena. Don’t use them.

Labels can be descriptors, but never identifiers. Labels tell you what you perceive, not what is truly there. Labels don’t tell stories, and people are stories in motion. Labels halt listening, the fundamental act of humanizing our species. Let us

Labels are a distancing phenomena. Don’t use them.

Labels can be descriptors, but never identifiers. Labels tell you what you perceive, not what is truly there. Labels don’t tell stories, and people are stories in motion. Labels halt listening, the fundamental act of humanizing our species. Let us

It’s called, “the freedom of speech,” not “the freedom of slander.”

Stated anecdotally, I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. – Evelyn Beatrice Hall It is the difference between what we want to say (impulsively, individually, with self-righteous justification) and

It’s called, “the freedom of speech,” not “the freedom of slander.”

Stated anecdotally, I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. – Evelyn Beatrice Hall It is the difference between what we want to say (impulsively, individually, with self-righteous justification) and

If you understand less, then learn. If you understand more, then teach.

But do not be an ass, an imbecile, or a recluse. This is the way of human progression.

If you understand less, then learn. If you understand more, then teach.

But do not be an ass, an imbecile, or a recluse. This is the way of human progression.

Don’t ask, “What should I say?” Ask, “Which story shall I tell?”

Giving talks, messages, sermons, etc., is a complicated and daunting task that is made such by the paucity of original ideas and the taunting plainness of a blank page. It is therefore perhaps better to replace the common, “come up

Don’t ask, “What should I say?” Ask, “Which story shall I tell?”

Giving talks, messages, sermons, etc., is a complicated and daunting task that is made such by the paucity of original ideas and the taunting plainness of a blank page. It is therefore perhaps better to replace the common, “come up

A debate is suppose to be clarifying, not caustic.

In listening to many debates, it appears that the vast majority of them platform conflict and argument. In the most innocuous form, the debate format attempts “fairness” giving equal ground to opposing sides. Ultimately, the goal is to argue these

A debate is suppose to be clarifying, not caustic.

In listening to many debates, it appears that the vast majority of them platform conflict and argument. In the most innocuous form, the debate format attempts “fairness” giving equal ground to opposing sides. Ultimately, the goal is to argue these

Don’t review books you haven’t read.

Don’t review books you haven’t read. Don’t review books if you’ve only read reviews of books. Don’t judge people you haven’t met. Don’t confuse good “judgment” with “condemnation.” Don’t debate theology on Facebook. Don’t tweet revenge. Don’t yell. Don’t demonize.

Don’t review books you haven’t read.

Don’t review books you haven’t read. Don’t review books if you’ve only read reviews of books. Don’t judge people you haven’t met. Don’t confuse good “judgment” with “condemnation.” Don’t debate theology on Facebook. Don’t tweet revenge. Don’t yell. Don’t demonize.