Posts tagged with the category 21st century life
From Broken to Unbreakable
The statistics of sexual abuse in America are staggering; one out of three girls and one out of four boys reports being victimized at some point in their lives. When one considers that sexual abuse is one of the most underreported crimes, it is likely that those numbers are even higher.
With recent atrocities like Jerry Sandusky and the Penn State...
In July 2012, Kirk Schneider gave a presentation in Brooklyn, NY, on creating a toolkit for cultivating experiences of awe. The presentation stemmed from two of his books,
How “Detachment” Has Pathologized People Who Need Relationships
ALTRUISM AND INNER PEACE
We humans are social beings. We come into the world as the result of others’ actions. We survive here in dependence on others. Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives in which we do not benefit from others’ activities. For this reason it is hardly surprising that most of our happiness arises in the...
Wildfires and The Dignity of Risk
Recently, wildfires crept up to the edge of my town and started to nibble at the edges. Government services did a wonderful job of keeping people safe. Thousands of professional firefighters and support personnel came from all over the country, most visibly the C130 fleet operated by the Air National Guard. The fire was quickly contained with no...
The Terror of Termination
I am afraid of death. It is the nothingness that makes me tremble. Despite my intense efforts to work, love, and play; to create fulfillment in my life, it will most certainly end. As you might imagine, I'm not a fan of "goodbyes" either.
When I began contemplating dissertation topics, I was compelled to wrestle with similar sources of fear....
I am tired, and I am sad. I am weary, and I am angry. I am confused, and I want clarity. Weeks of drama, tragedy, and loss have created an overwhelming sense of anxiety, fear, and bewilderment. Weeks of dealing with aging parents with serious medical issues, a flailing therapy practice, a destructive wildfire, a senseless shooting rampage, and now...
Rewriting the Paradigm of Psychosis
With the most recent schizophrenia/psychosis recovery research, we discover increasing evidence that psychosis is not caused by a disease of the brain, but is perhaps best described as being a last ditch strategy of a desperate psyche to transcend an intolerable situation or dilemma. To better understand how this conclusion, which is so contrary...
We turn into villains because we don't know how to be heroes: the appeal of "evil" in the 21st century
Are we addicted to evil?
That’s the provocative question asked by Stephen Metcalf in an article for Slate.com.
By piecing together the etymology of the work “amok” (as in, “he ran amok”), examining the scripted quality of media coverage of spree violence like the shootings in Aurora, and looking at the difference...
Searching For Answers
As a resident of Colorado for most of my life, I have been a witness to some of the greatest tragedies our state and country has seen. After the Columbine shootings, I sat powerlessly as a colleague of mine desperately tried to reach his daughter who was a sophomore there. After hours of sitting in panicked suspense, he received the call he'd been...
With Great Power Comes...Amorality?
Penn State, Goldman Sachs, Enron, University of Virginia, SuperPACS, the Catholic Church–we live in an era of institutional scandal. If you want to know why we are careening from one major institutional scandal to the next, there’s a simple answer: the psychology of power has changed.
To be sure, there’s nothing new about a...
The Tragedy of Meaning
In the light of massive tragedies, such as last Friday morning’s terrible shooting spree in Aurora, CO, leaving 12 dead and another 58 wounded, we are always asking, “Why?”
Why did this happen?
Why did he do it?
Why in this way at this time?
The accused shooter, James Holmes, appeared in court today, with bright orange hair and said nothing. The...
Modesty creates pornography.
Follow me on this thought experiment. Imagine people tomorrow became completely immodest, giving up clothing and walls. Imagine sex became a no-big-deal public activity like having a meeting or eating lunch. Could you do sex tomorrow at 9am? Oh, that’s a little early for me. Could we try a little later in the day?