My life had not matched the dream I’d been sold. I’d been raised to not only believe in the nuclear family, democratic rule, capitalism and romantic love, but to worship them. America and its values were the shining city on the hill, an example to all the world, to all of human history. We were winning. So much winning. Except…
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In the 1989 film “Dead Poets Society,” Robin William’s character John Keating quotes Walt Whitman’s exquisite poem O Me! O Life!. This poem cuts through the drab ordinariness or unrelenting pain of living to give life a purpose: to contribute a Verse to the unfolding of the Universe.
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If you are my friend, and you do me a favor, I will not buy you a bottle of wine or take you to dinner, etc. Why? Because friends do favors for friends. That’s part of what it means to be a friend. We’ve developed this terrible habit in Western Culture where we feel obligated […]
And I find it kind of funny I find it kind of sad the dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had… — Mad World, Tears for Fears You are blessed to live today, right? We are wealthier and more technologically advanced than ever. Western culture is a marvel of bright & […]
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