A Conversation around Questions of Sincerity, Stone Soup


Andrew Taggart has become the first contributing author on Stone Soup. In his first post he looks at the story and responds to the skeptic’s view. In the end he asks, “How can someone … avoid the fate of the con man?” I’d like to take a stab at that. I’d like to say theContinue reading “A Conversation around Questions of Sincerity, Stone Soup”

Self Mastery, not Self Control


The title of this post is a nod at an earlier post, Mastery, not Control, in which I laid out a case for distinguishing between these two terms and showing the consequences related to each. In the end, that post did rely on distinguishing self-mastery from the will-to-control. This is still the case here, butContinue reading “Self Mastery, not Self Control”

Domination is domination is domination


Here’s why he won’t bend to feminist desires. They insist he and his cohorts, “Stop everything, these men are doing good work!” The above was a passing detail in an online apologia for a lack of feminist sympathies from someone I follow, but won’t name here. It brought me to an agonizing halt.

Space at the end of the year


The close of this year has me once again in a curious form of free-fall, as if the inertia of past impetus is losing to the sheer force of gravity. I tend to welcome these periods. Without the chance to notice the tug of futility it’s easy to get caught-up in enthusiasms that might entertain,Continue reading “Space at the end of the year”

Questions of Conspiracy and Inevitability


We have certain beliefs about conspiracies. There are some we ascribe to, others we reject. Most of us are probably uncomfortable with the whole topic. It makes us squeamish. It is a sign of some sort of weakness. It’s one of the few remaining public taboos. While we’re encouraged to bare all without embarrassment, anContinue reading “Questions of Conspiracy and Inevitability”

On Being Outside, a meditation on precarity


Vinay Gupta wrote a piece recently, The Subtle Art of Precarity. It’s a nice article, and an interesting neologism, precarity. It relates to a familiarity and even comfort with being on the edge. His thesis, one I’ve long ascribed to, that as we get deeper into collapse the crises of leadership and expertise drive, andContinue reading “On Being Outside, a meditation on precarity”

Organism, a question of trust


I’ve been backing into a terminology and a set of distinctions lately. They revolve around the concept of looking at our selves as organisms with the specifics of our conditioning acting through it. This does two things. It describes an underlying Being, our organism seen not as a sum of dis-articulated parts; body, mind, emotions;Continue reading “Organism, a question of trust”

What is innocence?


It seems we consider innocence to be a state of ignorance, held at no fault of our own, in which we are not acting out a power-play, or negotiating within the bounds of a power struggle; but acting out of a clean regard. We consider innocence to be an immature quality, but one we lookContinue reading “What is innocence?”

A Short Note on Anger,


Dwight Towers recently blogged this quote from a book we’ve both been reading: When we complain about what someone is doing that annoys us, we are really not complaining about him at all. We are complaining about our own character. We make a fuss about what he is doing, but that is useless as heContinue reading “A Short Note on Anger,”

Lie to me, everyone else does…


An old friend, one of the funniest people I’ve ever met, uses this line frequently. It’s funny. It’s true. It’s true for all of us. Is this just the way things are? Is this the only way things can be? If so, there’s a big reason for pessimism and the need to escape into ironyContinue reading “Lie to me, everyone else does…”

Austerity, and the Ways We Disguise What We Lack


Austerity, a term that’s been hijacked by financial criminals to cover their extortion. What else could it possibly mean other than a gloss, a moralistic veneer poured over the dismantling of the lives of great masses of people so as to mine whatever whiff of monetary “value” they might still have lodged in the cornersContinue reading “Austerity, and the Ways We Disguise What We Lack”

Compassion, the distance between Dialogue and Negotiation


Dialogue, negotiation, both sound reasonable enough! We can glaze over any differences and use them as synonyms, right? That’s how power insinuates its way into every relationship. In the wink and nod, in a silent conspiracy to agree not to say what we mean, to hide away our agendas and bask in the glow ofContinue reading “Compassion, the distance between Dialogue and Negotiation”