Ruminations

I don’t have all the answers, but I want to be a part of the conversation.

Nothing beats the feeling in the back of my head when I grasp a new concept. That feeling tells me that I’ve grown. I’ve expanded my consciousness. I’ve learned to see my world, myself, and other people in a new way.

Growing, as a person and a thinker, I believe, makes me better able to contribute to my community.

I value contemplation, consideration, and the development of the human spirit. Human spirit, I realize, is a loaded term. I use it here to indicate the storm of human consciousness without exception: the emotions, ideas, and hopes that drive our best intentions, the emotions, fears, and resentments that drive our most destructive inclinations, and all the tensions that keep creation and destruction inextricably linked. How might we develop the storm of human consciousness? By thinking it through, element by element, and seeing each element from a multitude of angles, learning how each element functions differently for different people.

The difficult task of thinking allows us to generate meaning in our lives. By rolling a concept around in our mind, seeing it from different angles, we understand ourselves and learn to see other people in more complex ways, in several ways at once. Reality is not the looking glass an immature mind yearns for it to be. Reality denies easy affirmation and demands honesty. Honesty removes the easy answers, the pedantic, and the trite.

In this section of the website, I examine small components of larger ideas in the hopes that my investigations will open my eyes to broader issues, issues that connect us and allow us to grow individually without growing apart.




The Andy Griffith Effect

Being the greatest, as superlatives go, is better than being relatively good, but, like any vacuous term, might not do the intellectual labor good modifiers should. Identifying the best generation, for example, requires that we think through the terms and conditions under which different age groups live and have lived, the demands and triumphs of […]

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Character: Trials, Traits, and Tribulations

Characters leave breadcrumbs across the dense forest of the internet, especially in the undergrowth of social media. These breadcrumbs, traces of psyche, seldom lead us home or anywhere anyone lives.

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Guardians on the Wall

One type of academic in the humanities, the guardian on the wall, maintains the
university’s role in American society as a bastion of recognizable rationalism. These academics
stand guard against the vagaries of barbarism. They perceive academic labor as a matter of
time on task, time spent in the library reading and ingesting ideas. Their exams and assignments
consist of regurgitation, and their grading policies contain a participation component.

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