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The opposite of fear is not courage, but curiosity.

December 17, 2018


Curiosity is also the opposite of shame. Fear and shame operate in the limbic system, the more primal engines of our neurology. Curiosity operates in the frontal cortex, the more recent and analytical aspects of our neurology. Fear solicits a problem responding module, the “fight, flight, or faint” system. Curiosity invokes a problem solving module. Courage can […]

To scrutinize is to sacralize.

March 18, 2018


In periods of awakening, enlightenment, and even deconstruction, that which gets our scrutiny gets our attention, and that very activity of scrutiny and attention becomes sacralized. While some feel it an attack, it is perhaps one of the most profound acts of causing something to be holy. For in the scrutiny, we set apart the […]

“Abusus non tollit usum.” Misuse does not remove use.

February 26, 2015


Leadership: Just because effective leadership practices and principles are often misapplied, taken advantage of, or leveraged for one’s own selfish agenda, does not mean those leadership principles are invalid. Religion: Just because religious institutions have abused power, misappropriated theological concepts, and ignored rationalism, reason, and proper philosophy, does not mean that religion itself is vapid […]

Don’t be a bibliophile. Be an ideophile.

February 11, 2015


Don’t love books. Love ideas. Crave them. Soak in them. Leverage them. Manipulate them. Collect them. Smash them together like a particle accelerator and see what they’re made of. Track them down like Sherlock Holmes. Perform forensic dissections on them. Release them into the wild to see what they devour, and what devours them. Serve […]

The difference between optimists and pessimists is how one perceives the space between here and there.

November 26, 2013


Pessimists and Optimists both can see and understand the conclusion, the goal, or the end result. Both can apprehend its value and importance. Both can even desire it. What makes one a pessimist vs. an optimists is now how one perceives the end, but the space between the self and the end. Optimists see the […]

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

October 28, 2013


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

How to cultivate curiosity.

May 12, 2013


Craft A Great Story. Very little competes with a great story, especially one with drama, complicated tensions, conflicting ideas and ideals, the greatness and darkness of humanity, victory and tragedy, accomplishments and failures, and most of all, personal transparency. Pose A Great Problem. One that has no answer, one that has no boundaries, and one […]