In this episode, I discuss the difficulties of life along with a reminder that life isn’t all dark clouds and lightning bolts. It is full of beauty and light and love and kindness—and we can choose to enjoy it or not. Plus I talk about Napoleon Hill and read a couple hymn lyrics.Read More
Every one of us is damaged, an imperfect version of humanity, and if we want to participate in civilized discourse, we must be honest about this reality. Recent events in Charlottesville, VA, and around the country draw out the importance of admitting our own weaknesses and flaws, and treating other people fairly means recognizing the log in our own eye. This episode addresses the idea of the brokenness in each of us, and I read some original poetry related to this idea, including a poem titled “Racial Unrest,” written nearly a year-and-a-half prior to this episode.Read More
In this episode, I go all in on coffee. I discuss coffee preparations. I discuss coffee rituals. I discuss the best coffee shops in Charlotte, North Carolina. And I discuss the importance of sustaining existing healthy culture and creating new healthy culture.Read More
In this brief episode, I discuss civilized discourse further, drawing attention to the importance of focusing our attention on local conversations, but also of treating others online with the same courtesy we would treat them if they were in our living room.Read More
In previous episodes about civilized discourse, I have already described the importance of truth-telling, but of course there is more to it than that. Mankind was built to tell stories. In order to properly understand the importance of civilized discourse and how to engage in it properly, we must understand the importance of not only storytelling, but also storyhearing. Too often, we spend our time wanting to tell our own story, without hearing the other party’s story. In this episode I discuss that, as well as the inherent flaws in the design of Twitter that make both storytelling and storyhearing extremely difficult (if not nearly impossible), and therefore why Twitter is—by nature of its very design—an enemy of civilized discourse.