Words by Friedrich Nietzsche

” Every true faith is infallible. It performs what the believing person hopes to find in it. But it does not offer the least support for the establishing of objective truth. Here the ways of men divide. If you want to achieve peace of mind and happiness, have faith. If you want to be a…

A Little Piece Of The Anthropic Principle

Ah yes, a picture of the planet earth from space. We live there! We are there! In the grand scale of the universe, where is that exactly? Inexplicable in terms of the scale of the ever expanding question I think. All we ever know are the things that form in our minds. Do not think…

Making the Familiar Strange

Step into the unknown for a minute or two. Recognize that what is familiar to you is actually very strange to others. This of course is one facet of the ‘sociological imagination.’ As a person who studies the discipline of sociology, I have come to recognize the utter importance of thinking myself away from the…

Institutions, Laws, And Rights

Whether natural or not,  a ‘right’ would be something endowed by some creator or authority figure. So… if a right is something created, does it only exist because it has been endowed? What if we didn’t have any rights? They don’t really exist before they are granted by someone anyway, and so when you are…

Virtue, Ethics, and Morality

What do you base your life upon? To be virtuous, ethical, or better yet moral would require firstly the understanding that these are not fields of study. Does the fact that you don’t drink or smoke make you more virtuous than someone who does? Can ethics help you to figure out good or bad, right…

Social Evaluative Threat

One of the most important sources of chronic stress within our societies is the issue about how we negotiate social relationships. Social status is a hard grind in society today. Much of the hierarchal system is based on pecking orders, coercion, and privileged access to resources… regardless of what others might need. And perhaps the…