Seize the New Year

I know themes of “self-actualization” and “authenticity” have turned into pop-psychological nonsense in recent days but the nonsense is a bastardization of ideas that are not only sensical but essential, I think, for human thriving. In this passage, Frankfurt briefly unpacks Baruch Spinoza’s idea of love and joy as a catalyst for determining how we ought to orient our lives. [More]

Manufactured Meaning

The crime you see now, it's hard to even take its measure. It's not that I'm afraid of it. I always knew you had to be willing
to die to even do this job. But I don't want to push my chips forward and go out and meet something I don't understand. A man would have
to put his soul at hazard. He'd have to say, "OK. I'll be part of this world." [More]