Posts Tagged: paradox

The Value of Perception (and a Bitcoin)

Bitcoin has been all over the news recently… or maybe that’s only the case in my mind, because I have some money invested in it lol. Either way, the value of bitcoin has skyrocketed over the last few months.   This ‘bitcoin boom’ has triggered conversations all over the world about what it means for

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Synchronicity

The term “Synchronicity” was developed by the psychologist Carl Jung. It refers to ‘meaningful coincidences’ — events that seem causally disconnected, but have a clear relationship in your mind. For example, have you ever been thinking or talking about someone when they magically appear or contact you? Speak of the devil. Have you ever overheard a

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Trauma

Trauma is a touchy subject. It’s like genitalia: we all have some, but we do our best to hide it. Everything we experience has an impact on us: the people and things in our lives; our thoughts and feelings; our past, our present, and even our perceived future. Because that’s what existence is: motion, collision,

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Whatever

“Whatever” is often thought of as an expression of not caring. But really, the phrase ‘whatever’ indicates a conceptual sore spot. It’s like a bright neon sign that the topic, idea, or thought at hand is something you’d rather avoid. Much like discomfort  and vulnerability, this innate desire to avoid the feeling makes us quite bad at

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Ups and Downs: Progress and Stagnation

I’ve always wanted a PhD, but I’ve never had a concept of what that means. Well, I know it stands for “Doctor of Philosophy,” but you don’t become a doctor or a philosopher when you get it… Instead “the completion of a Ph.D. is a requirement for employment as a university professor.” I thought I

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Ups and Downs: Strength and Weakness

In this series of posts about Up and Down I’ve been exploring how diametrically opposed concepts (light and darkness; hierarchy and heterarchy; comfort and discomfort) are mapped onto the spatial orientations of Up and Down, just like emotion and logic are represented by left and right. George Lakoff and Mark Johnson refer to this spatial mapping of

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Ups and Downs: Comfort and Discomfort

I ended my last post by talking about my idea that Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is really less about needs and more of an embedded heterarchy of comforts. In this post I’ll be expanding on that topic by discussing what comfort and discomfort mean in terms of the Ups and Downs of eightstep me. Feeling is

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me me me

I’ve discovered a truth lately (there’s really just one Truth, but there are many ‘true’ projections of this Truth). People seem to think that it has no basis in “reality,” but in my opinion it is the basis of reality. Here it is: anything and everything anyone ever says is actually about themselves. If this is an

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Ownership

I’ve heard and read many times that “the love of money is the root of all evil.” While this is likely a mistranslation of a bible verse it is certainly a pervasive idea in popular culture. It seems intuitive that greed is the source of many problems, but here I’d like to consider that perhaps greed

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Perspective

It is easy to use logic to discount the subjective experiences of others. “How could you be cold? I’m perfectly comfortable.” “How could you see a ghost? They don’t exist.” “How does that upset you? You’re so unreasonable.” Usually, we get away with this trick of denial. It seems to be the norm in society

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