Social Posturing and Authenticity

Dave McFalls. “Social Masks.” 2007.¬†Acrylic and Marker on unstretched canvas Our society compels us to engage in social posturing precisely because it has expectations for ‘desirable behaviour’ and culturally circumscribed ‘ideal characteristics’ of men and women. However, it makes us false and our lives hollow. It also renders our interactions with other people superficial and…

It’s Hard to Be a Funny Buddhist

It’s hard to be a funny Buddhist. This is because so much humour depends on silly, foolish-sounding statements and pointing out ‘annoying’ things like “don’t you just hate how… or ever notice how annoying it is when…?” Buddhists try to uproot all ignorance and aversion from their lives in order to undermine the causes of…

The Meaning of ‘Progressive’

The term ‘progressive’ only has meaning within context. Whenever someone says something is ‘progressive,’ we must ask: what constitutes ‘progress’ for them and what values does their view of progress assume? Having done this, we can question whether their notion of ‘progressive’ really is so at all. For example, some hypercapitalist objectivists assume that the…

Intrinsic and Instrumental Value

I remarked to my friend Nick Govas that I recommended that we refrain from buying tuna products–at least until the species stabilizes its populations–so as not to exterminate the species, which is on the verge of extinction and is desperately endangered. His reply was typical of many lines of thinking in our society; he said:…

Religion and Human Needs

Religion meets human needs in three ways main and on three primary levels; the first is on the level of transcendence–taking the individual beyond the individual into a field of reality greater than themselves and yet indwelling within/including them. The second is on the level of individual realization and experience–this is the individual level of…

Fearing Dying

Most people I have spoken to do not fear death as such; rather, they fear the process of dying or certain things that might be entailed by that process. By this, I mean specifically the possibility that we might die before accomplishing all that we set out to achieve, or that we will leave our…