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  • Meaning in the Age of Nihilism

    Meaning in the Age of Nihilism0

    In 2000 I wrote a few hundred words on “The Age of Nihilism.” Some years later that descriptive title is far more apt than before. Like a poison gas settling down over a battlefield, nihilism has, at least for the moment, begun to cloak or threaten so much of contemporary life and thought.

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  • Proud to be Blind

    Proud to be Blind0

    How could I, the average Muslim, without any scholarly credentials, ever understand anything? And since I can’t, and since I’m not qualified, why bother even trying to understand the only book worth reading, the Quran? I will just shut my eyes, my ears, my imagination, my creativity, my thoughts, my feelings, my logic, my rationality, and I will just do as told, for that is the surest way to eternal bliss in the next life…

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  • Gross National Happiness: An Alternative to Profit Motive of the Free Market

    Gross National Happiness: An Alternative to Profit Motive of the Free Market0

    “The greatest people are not one in which an unequal and boundless wealth produces crude and sordid men and venal and egoistic women: a great pueblo, regardless of its size, is one of generous men and women. The yardstick of any human civilization is the kind of men and women it produces.” –Jose Marti

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  • Paranoia: Our Enemy Within

    Paranoia: Our Enemy Within0

    The only thing we have to fear is fear itself… The world is filled with threats. When we encounter one and get bitten by it, we retreat and avoid doing the same thing again. Like an immune system response, we develop a natural fear of the thing that once hurt us. Years later, the fear itself may become the enemy, making us retreat from threats that either don’t exist or are far less dangerous than we think they are. That’s paranoia.

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  • The Tragedy of Success

    The Tragedy of Success0

    No one wants to experience poverty or misfortune, but wealth and comfort can be just as debilitating. Success, in any field, isn’t all it is cracked up to be. It can open doors, but it can also become a drag on personal growth and set you up for catastrophe later. The requirements of life are relatively simple and cheap. If you have just enough resources to meet those needs, you are going to use them efficiently. Once you have excess resources, however, you tend to become less efficient and more arrogant about how you use them. You take on more burdens and obligations to absorb that extra time or money, and soon you feel just as trapped and “poor” as you did before.

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  • Lifestyle Migration: Multi-locality, Escapism and Chasing the “Good Life”

    Lifestyle Migration: Multi-locality, Escapism and Chasing the “Good Life”0

    “I feel about travel the way a happy new mother feels about her impossible, colicky, restless newborn baby – I just don’t care what it puts me through. Because I adore it. Because it’s mine. Because it looks exactly like me.” – Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

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