Tag Archive | self-responsibility

Stand up for yourself…on back pain in America


Hello readers, So many of us, including myself, suffer from chronic pain. The most common chronic pain is back pain, and generally, because we live in a material world and a materialistic culture, we attribute our aches and pains to material causes. I sit too long at my desk, staring at the computer. I spend […]

Looking inward and getting away from fear


Hello readers, Humans are very emotional creatures. We like to think of ourselves as primarily rational beings, but for most of us, our emotions run the show – whether it be conscious or below the surface of our awareness. In fact, the most logical people who stubbornly assert that they live only by the facts […]

What do Buddha, Jesus, and C.G. Jung have in common?


Dear readers, I’ve written about how co-dependency is encouraged in our culture and relationships, so much so that most people don’t even notice how their relationship to self and to the world is permeated by drama and the inability to face one’s own shadows and pain honestly. Numbed by overwork, entertainment, and countless distractions, we […]

Socialism and America…and what discrimination does to our country


Hello readers, My fifteen year old son introduced me to Bernie Sanders, and I’m guessing he had a good hunch that I would like his ideas about integrity, personal responsibility, the role of government, social justice and accountability of business leaders and government institutions.  To be precise, my son showed me a video clip of […]

Friendship


Hello readers, There are many ways to relate to the world and its many planes, material and spiritual. The upheavals we are experiencing as a nation with regards to police brutality, racism, gay marriage are interesting to examine. More than one person has noted that forty or fifty years ago, neighbors knew one another by […]

I have a dream: Earth Day 2015


Dear readers, I am sure many of you are concerned about the state of humanity and how we treat one another as well as the home in which we all live. My dream for all of us is that we collectively begin to yearn for balance and that we eagerly accept responsibility for ourselves and […]

Is my deodorant making me fat?


Hello readers, Over the last three years or so, I have dedicated a portion of my reading and research to health and wellness. I work in a public library, so I have wide and easy access to a variety of published materials and reference databases. I have made my own comparisons and conclusions, trying to […]

Terror and Pain: Cultures and Shadows


Hello readers, The other day I was listening to NPR (National Public Radio), and a reporter commented on the irony of the fact that the recent measles outbreak in southern California began at Disney World, a place from which all shadows and darkness have been banned.  The sunny and optimistic outlook seemingly characteristic of American […]

Nationalism and Fundamentalism: Two Faces of Fear


Hello readers, Many of us around the world have been closely following the news during and following the terror attacks in and around Paris, France that killed over twenty people, including the majority of the editorial staff of satirical journal Charlie Hebdo, three police officers, and four Jewish civilians, as well as the perpetrators of […]

How responsible are we for being overweight?


Hello readers, Working in a public library, I am surrounded by books, people, and the exchange of information all day.  I am interested in many subjects, but healthy living, a balanced lifestyle, spirituality and philosophy are among the primary themes of my quest for living in balance with nature. As I read and watch documentaries […]

I Need Your Love – Is That True? A Great Read on Relationships!


Hello readers, I have mentioned in recent posts (poems and essays) my efforts to discover the joys and learn from the pitfalls of on-line dating.  Most of us learn from an early age how to get our needs and desires met through some form of manipulation or deception, and guilt and shame are abundantly used […]

Healthy Relativity


Hello readers, A big part of self awareness is the realization that each being is unique.  I like to pay attention to health-related issues and publications, and I am noticing an increasing consciousness that there is no specific diet that is ideal or that promotes optimal health for everyone.  Basically, each person, as we evolve, is being […]

Against Nature: Creative and Healthy Humans


Hello readers, As creators of culture, humans tend to historically set ourselves apart from nature, maintaining a complex and dual relationship with our self-images and our self-facts.  I do believe there is a way to heal this schism in the way we see ourselves and in the way we function in the world.  In fact, […]

New Manipulative Trends in US Healthcare System Invade Privacy


http://http://www.kvue.com/news/CVS-employees-to-face-fine-if-they-do-not-report-weight-other-vitals-199195511.html http://http://consumerist.com/2013/03/20/cvs-employees-must-provide-personal-medical-info-or-pay-higher-insurance-premiums/ Hello readers, This past year in my workplace, employers / insurers required that we sign an affidavit claiming that we do not smoke and have not smoked for the last six months.  If we did not provide the affidavit, an additional $50 per month would be added to our health insurance premiums, deducted […]

Scapegoat: A History of Blaming Others… A Book Review


Hello readers, As personal responsibility and self-awareness are two of my favorite topics to ponder, you can well imagine that I was immediately drawn to British author Charlie Campbell’s 2011 book, “Scapegoat”. This brief history of blaming, shaming, and diminishing other people in order to feel better about one’s own self or group; creating cohesion […]

Promote Peace: Accept Evil and Chaos as Part of Our Nature


Hello readers, I have long been interested in the root of scape-goating, bullying, and evil itself in human behavior.  Understanding humanity’s search for meaning and survival in a brutal and unpredictable world is a fascinating, and sometimes discouraging pursuit.  For all of the technological progress we have made collectively, we still predictably place blame for […]

Meditation on Christmas: An Outsider’s View on Jesus and the Disinherited, by Howard Thurman


Hello readers, I just finished reading a remarkable book first published in 1949 by Howard Thurman, eminent African-American theologian and philosopher.  The book is called “Jesus and the Disinherited”.  As a non-Christian and non-practising Jew, I have long been intrigued by the life of Jesus and his quest for truth, personal authenticity and self-responsibility.  My […]

The Mastery of Love: Are We Any Closer to Relationships Without Fear?


Hello readers, It is programmed into our beings to seek out others, and intially, before we are hurt, shamed, or conditioned by life, to delight in ourselves and in one another.  No one explains better, I feel, than author Don Miguel Ruiz the dichotomy between fear and love that causes our lives to be full […]