The Virtue of Self-determination

 

Life is like a labyrinthine tunnel with twists and turns that seemingly have no end. One makes the best choices with the information available to navigate the elaborate intricacies of existence. Making sense of it is a constant struggle for us all. It becomes more complicated when others seek to exert their will upon our decisions.  It would appear that there are those that aren’t happy with their own lives, so they wish to spread misery to their fellow man. Do unto others should be a motto by which we all live. I want to see a world where we live and let live, for suffering shall find us all, and we should always avoid visiting it upon our brethren. Continue reading “The Virtue of Self-determination”

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Shadows of Yesterday

The past is always relevant in that one can learn from the experiences garnered there. It is nice to sit and reminisce about our imagined glory. It can seem like yesterday, and eons ago simultaneously. Focusing on the positive can be rejuvenating for the mind and propel one to new challenges. The horrors of the past though are another story entirely.

History is cyclical, and as much as we might like to believe we have evolved and moved past our more barbarous selves, humans only change in infinitesimal ways. The same animal instincts that drove us millennia ago still fiercely inhabits us today. We still compete with each other for resources and mates. When we are not fighting real wars, we simulate combat in competitive sports, designed to prove superiority over another. While it’s probable that over the course of thousands of years we may adapt to a more civilized existence, we are primarily barbarians with new toys and a slightly improved wardrobe. Continue reading “Shadows of Yesterday”