Malevolence, Forgiveness, Acceptance, Buddhism and Christianity

Jordan B. Peterson is known for an ostensibly uncontroversial position: the reality of malevolence and malevolent people. This position seems at odds (he says as much) with Buddhism’s perspective that Evil is essentially ignorance. Buddha taught (quote TBD) that evil is born out of ignorance, and that perspective instructs us on how to vanquish evil (knowledge!) Might Jesus Christ agree with Jordan, that… Continue reading Malevolence, Forgiveness, Acceptance, Buddhism and Christianity

When Thoughts Think Themselves

In the Sam Harris Podcast Is Buddhism True? A Conversation with Robert Wright, Robert Wright noted “thoughts think themselves”. It’s a great conversation and I can’t pretend I can explain it better than he did, but here is my takeaway:

The Real Enemy is…

“Who is the enemy? Who is holding back more rapid movement to the better society that is reasonable and possible with available resources? Who is responsible for the mediocre performance of so many of our institutions? Who is standing in the way of a larger consensus on the definition of the better society and paths… Continue reading The Real Enemy is…

Living with what happens next- in relationship 

I’m gonna rewrite a bit by Seth Godin: Living with what happens next. His context is self-awareness to improve business; his principles apply to relationship too. So here goes: Most people are okay with living with the consequences of what happens.

These Things Are Our Most Important Lessons

When I moved in New Age circles, and someone was going through something difficult, the typical response was that difficulties were lessons for us. I heard comments like, ‘we all choose what lessons we want presented to us before we are born’ or ‘the universe sent you this as a lesson.’

Positive Thinking in 25 Words

Meaning we assign to situations is our own creation; not some absolute truth. 1Psychology of Intelligence Analysis, Richards J. Heuer, Jr., Center for the Study of Intelligence, pp. 7, “People tend to think of perception as a passive process. We see, hear, smell, taste or feel stimuli that impinge upon our senses. We think that… Continue reading Positive Thinking in 25 Words