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Daily Obstruction: Missives from the Undiscovered Country

3 Sep




Missives from the Undiscovered Country


Aches, pain, injuries, hearing loss, impaired vision – these are the messengers of mortality.  How do you receive them?

Daily Obstruction: Learned the Hard Way

27 Mar

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Learned the Hard Way


Experience is a good teacher, but bad experience is a better teacher.


Daily Obstruction: Ebb & Flow

20 Mar


Ebb & Flow


Nature needs to run its course – fecund and fallow, fever and fatigue returns – a cycle of virtue and vice.



Daily Obstruction: Inertia & Change

24 Feb


Inertia and Change



Stability, comfort, routine, security, subservience are enemies of growth, development, vitality, imagination, and freedom.  Complacency and conformity result from concord.  Conflict and resistance create sparks of genius.


Daily Obstruction: Life-Long Learning

22 Feb



Life’s Learning Curve


After particularly unpleasant encounters, people sometimes say, “I guess it was a learning experience.”  Everything is a learning experience if only you are aware of your ignorance.  It’s only when you forget your ignorance that you encounter difficulty due to the false presumption of knowledge about your current situation.

Daily Obstruction: Beyond the British Pleasure Principle

7 Feb

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Beyond the British Pleasure Principle

Have you ever wondered why you find pain pleasurable and find decadent pleasure nauseating?  Contrary to the British philosophers, we were not made for pleasure.  We were made for finding delight in the overcoming of pleasure.