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You had the hunger. After graduating from college at the top of your class, Harvard Law School was your next destination. It took three years, but you got that degree, passed the bar, and scored a dream job at a top law firm in DC. Did you stop there? Hell…

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Consciousness is not the ultimate level of reality. Its the minimal level of thought necessary for you to get out of bed, do the dishes, wash your clothes and get on with living. There is a tendency for some to think that awareness in general is cause enough for intelligence.

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To question your existence is just as natural as being alive. You have been conditioned to think that once you start questioning the reasons for your life, a feeling of discontent and malaise will overpower you.

If you have ever asked yourself:

  • Why are you here?
  • Why live for anything?

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Does the thought of a 9–5 cause your stomach to clench with a sensation of impending doom? Maybe you have a traditional job at the moment, and choose to pass the time counting down the days before that side hustle will make you enough money to emancipate your soul from…

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What good is nostalgia?

It is not that we are nostalgic, but what we want to relive that makes a difference. …

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Wonder is the sadness of joy.

the last rolls of thunder of a passing,

storm. A damage that could have been catastrophic

but spared your soul by grace or mercy you were shown.

It’s the total of all the love you have ever known.

It’s the stars above, their lights…

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Stoicism has gained popularity in the past ten years, promising inner tranquility and the power of supreme reason over what external forces might impact you. …

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We read fiction for the “what ifs”, the possibilities that push us into a world we could never know without the author’s imagination. I used to get lost in stories, forgetting that all too often fiction is not so fictional. I used to believe that the mark of a good…

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Texas Church Night Stars

How do you go about living? Do you know what you want, why you want it and how to get it? Or more often than not, do you find yourself heading in the right direction but cannot articulate what motivates or guides you to such conclusions? …

Ryan

I write about philosophy, consciousness, politics and reality.

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