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Election 2020: Shall we call it a Dystopian Ground Zero? Unlike this past year’s toilet paper industry, there seems to be no short supply of predictions out there as to what happens next in our collective national narrative. Will we as a nation experience the next stages of a dystopian society we are sold through entertainment and media, regardless of who wins? Or, will we trudge along in apathetic shuffle towards ecological, global, and societal crises? At this point, I think we’ll have some of both. But honestly, what can you and I do? Seriously. Well, turns out there’s a…


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If you’ve never heard R.E.M.’s song “It’s the End of the World,” well, it might not be a bad idea to give a listen because, well, you know…. Seriously, though, here we are: Another insanely controversial presidential election ripping apart government and neighborhood. We’ve got a global viral outbreak where trust in our officials and the clarity of their information go hand in hand (and which are also nowhere to be found). Civil unrest has become another flavor of acceptable violence in daily life. Hurricanes, earthquakes, and asteroids, oh my. I just can’t decide what to focus my anxiety on…


As we climb the mountain of the collective consciousness, we seem to be gravitating towards some fantastical aspect of the year 2020. Will it be meaningful for many of us? Only hindsight will tell, but for starters, the number itself is connected to our senses; it’s metaphorical, archetypal, symbolic, and some may say even metaphysical in nature, and all this purposeful meaning comes just in the nick of time for us all.

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As the result of a turbulent and very uncertain world that seems to electronically close in on us more every day, many of us are at a metaphorical…


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“You and I possess within ourselves at every moment of our lives, under all circumstances, the power to transform the quality of our lives.” Werner Erhard

Life has its way of presenting milestones: They manifest as the happenings that plot out the details of our lives. One of those events we frequent while in orbit around our sun is New Year’s Eve/Day. And like birthdays, New Year’s presents another great opportunity for us to get to know more about ourselves and really everything else, too, by reviewing our lives of the previous year.

Nearly all of us can close our…


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Awareness in life, including our individual awareness of the reality in which we all share, is crucial for our survival and progression as a species.

Imagine yourself driving home and looking forward to the solace of your own little slice of respite, that peace that’s crucial to your sanity; but as you round the corner, an incinerating and smoky spectacle draws your attention to your very own home. Instinctively, your life flashes by you in an instant while you think about how inside that home there remains everything you’ve worked for along with many special life memories. …


Perception really is everything. At the end of each day, there are ultimately only two views or ways of seeing things: Either everything sucks without a purpose and life is total chaos, or everything is leading to fresh, new, and exciting things. One perspective is dark, depressing, and full of worry and turmoil; the other is constructive, encouraging, and uplifting. Of course, there are fluctuations between the two that we all seem to flounder between at times, but at the end of the day we’re either seeing the glass half full or half empty.

I came to this realization (yet…


DISCLAIMER: This piece of writing is in no way a political statement or is affiliated with any political party that is a part of our collective illusion we call the status quo. The ideas that follow here are merely an attempt to communicate a vital message of unity and sensible humanitarianism (otherwise known as living alongside each other sensibly).

“Politics have no relation to morals.” — Niccolò Machiavelli

What craziness. What absolute craziness. Honestly, if you really, really think about it, I mean really see the forest for the trees (the big picture), all this insanely contentious politics is OUT. OF. CONTROL. Take the recent back and forth bickering between political figures like Trey Gowdy and Elizabeth Warren on Twitter of all places. Sound familiar? I take it that there isn’t much chirping going on there, but the birds certainly have learned how to mudsling in every bit of the sense. It’s time to see all this madness for…


Well, there goes not just one but two insanely big jackpots — the two coveted pot o’ golds — the very Mega Millions and the motherload of a Powerball. That’s two very, very, very rich people. Somewhere, out there. If I asked if you could imagine what that would be like, then I would be insulting your intelligence and imagination at this point in the game. In fact, if those jackpots were still out there, most of us would still be dreaming of buying the winning ticket right up until the drawings when those fateful ping-pong balls of destiny alchemically…


“This being human is a house guest. Every morning a new arrival. Welcome and entertain them all.” --Rumi

Mornings. For most of us, they can be tough at least occasionally. Most people associate coffee with the morning. That along with rushing around to go to work, and for most of us living in the developed world, the morning’s potential remains unrealized. But what makes the morning so special? What really sets it apart from any other part of the day? If you do the least bit of googling, you’ll find references to the morning as a time to commune with “God”. For example, in The Book of Genesis, the story describes God hanging out with Adam and Eve…


When you think about it, time is heavy. Time can be sad. Like depressingly sad. Maybe it’s when you’re looking at pictures of “better times” where everyone seems to be happier than they are (and you seem to be) now. Maybe it’s a brief life reflection with or without loved ones or a conversation that references a point in time, an event, or life process. You might find yourself recalling a personally historical vacation, or even worse: You recall a recent vacation that you passionately looked forward to, and then it flew by, and then it was back to work…

Walter Maximus Mitty

Intuitive scientist, layman's philosopher, and spiritual investigator learning to find his way in this thing called life through empathy and imagination.

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