Browsing All Posts filed under »philosophy«

The question is the answer.

October 4, 2019

0

Seeking certainty, absolutism, and clarity requires the question to be the answer. How do you know when you’ve sold your soul to the power structures of politics, finance, or religion (or all three)? You don’t. But as soon as you answer the question, you no longer have an answer. The question is the answer. How […]

To perform philosophy is to liberate one’s self from one’s philosophy.

September 7, 2019

0

It is those who do not consider deeply the philosophies by which one lives who are most bound by them. One cannot see the world clearly without seeing clearly the way one sees. To simply state what is without stating how one can even make a statement is to not state a truth, but a […]

Our brains are not able to keep up with our minds.

June 10, 2019

0

The speed at which our technological and philosophical innovations are transforming our selves and our environments is happening faster than the speed at which our biology can augment and adjust itself to the new environments. In other words, our brains are not able to keep up with our minds.

Nullius in verba.

June 6, 2019

0

“Take no one’s word for it,” or “On the word of no one.” The Royal Society’s motto ‘Nullius in verba’ is taken to mean ‘take nobody’s word for it’. It is an expression of the determination of Fellows to withstand the domination of authority and to verify all statements by an appeal to facts determined […]

Blame is an abdication of responsibility.

January 1, 2019

0

We must first distinguish between “blame” and a rational analysis of causality. Once you’ve done that, if you hear someone use blame as the rational analysis, you’re listening to someone who has given up power; the power to change, make a difference, or the authority to influence. Blame is ultimately an abdication of responsibility. The kind of person […]

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

January 1, 2019

0

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 deep structures of the universe only arise from understanding them in the first place. Why […]

The opposite of stupid is not smart but study.

January 1, 2019

0

Most people think that “stupid” and “smart” are intrinsic characteristics, perhaps immutable, “just the way” some people are. This is false. We all know plenty of “stupid” people who are keen in very smart ways, and plenty of “smart” people who make very stupid mistakes. “Smart” is a skill and discipline of study, and thinking. […]

Rationality is a moral duty.

December 27, 2018

0

Inspired by hearing Charlie Munger describe his paternal grandfather’s attitude in life, that you have a moral responsibility to make yourself as unignorant and as unstupid as you possibly can. Besides family, it may be your most important moral obligation.

“The whole trick in life is to get so that your own brain doesn’t mislead you.”

December 27, 2018

0

Quote by Charlie Munger. If I could reword it, “The whole trick in life is to not be misled by your own brain.”

Mike Yaconelli’s 4 Principles

November 1, 2018

0

Be leery of authority. Go to where the life is. Minister out of weakness. Let Jesus be your muse.

Follow the trend lines, not the headlines.

April 2, 2018

0

Following the trend lines makes you smart. Following the headlines makes you fearful. Following the trend lines makes you forward-thinking. Following the headlines makes you only look back. Following the trend lines inspires hope. Following the headlines deflates joy.

To scrutinize is to sacralize.

March 18, 2018

0

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 […]

Understanding the difference between “problems” and “symptoms” is the most pervasive and pernicious of human challenges, and the pathway toward finding solutions.

February 3, 2017

0

You’ve heard many people say, “We have a problem.” But what they are really pointing to is a “symptom.” If you continue to do that, you’ll never understand “the problem,” and you’ll deploy “solutions” that are a waste, and actually make the problem worse. To understand the difference between “problems” and “symptoms” requires leveraging wisdom […]

Get comfortable being uncomfortable.

September 24, 2015

1

Never be an expert. Always be a novice. Never be certain of a solution. Always embrace the next problem. Fail frequently. Do not run from discomfort. Run to it. This is the way of success. This is the way of an entrepreneur. This is the way of an adventurer.

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

August 12, 2015

0

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 set aside labels and do more listening.

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

February 26, 2015

1

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

0

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 […]

Use the phrase, “I decided…”

February 11, 2015

0

There is a choice in every choice. This choice could make a radical difference in life outcomes. That choice is to view your activity as a matter of consequence or as a matter of free will. This is not about the thing itself, but rather how one describes the thing. This is also the difference […]

Be ridiculously optimistic. We have a glass.

March 22, 2014

0

In the great debate between “half-empty” vs. “half-full,” we seem to have missed the fact that we have a glass. Checkmate, pessimists. #optimistswin