Saddhartha Gautama (Buddha) – The Path to Enlightenment

Let him admonish, let him instruct, let him restrain from the impure. He becomes beloved of the good and hated by the evil.Buddha, "The wise man" A Quick Note: I am going to be integrating the handful of posts that I have created for my other blog Under the Philosotree into my Blog of the … Continue reading Saddhartha Gautama (Buddha) – The Path to Enlightenment

A Social Doctrine for the Interests of a Unified Mankind

Social obligations or courtesies can mean different things to different people based on social cultures, or perhaps even, due to the particular beliefs of a single individual. In this sense, social courtesy can be subjective and feel as if it is not concrete but, like a piece of paper being ruffled by the wind, malleable, … Continue reading A Social Doctrine for the Interests of a Unified Mankind

Pandemic Poem: Look for the Artists (By Kristian Weigman)

Colorful cities have faded to black and foolish souls see need for attack fear and greed, anger and riots Sit down! Stay home! Wash your hands! Be quiet! In times of darkness we must look for the artists pay attention to the lessons they've taught us When problems can't be fixed by you or me … Continue reading Pandemic Poem: Look for the Artists (By Kristian Weigman)

Pandemic Poem: The Melancholy Solitude

Sunlight washes over these hushed and empty city streets no longer pumping life downtown with that economic heartbeat. And the birds, they sing more clearly now, that the humans have gone away, while wild animals reclaim some pride in freer days of joyful play. Forced to live more privately and with greater care for others, … Continue reading Pandemic Poem: The Melancholy Solitude

The Adventure of a Lifetime (Inspired by Christopher McCandless)

When I was a fresh high-school graduate, I followed the status quo and picked a college program to jump into before I’d even really known what I wanted to do for a living. How can you know without experience? I jumped into a Police Foundations program, probably because I’d spent my life watching way too … Continue reading The Adventure of a Lifetime (Inspired by Christopher McCandless)

Mother and Son: With Every Night There Comes a Dawn

“Two things you will never have to chase: True friends & true love.” ― Mandy Hale With Every Night There Comes a Dawn Back in 2016, I was a married man to a French woman whom I’d met overseas four years prior. The relationship seemed like a true love story--at least in the beginning--and I … Continue reading Mother and Son: With Every Night There Comes a Dawn

One Memorable(ish) Night in Wellington, New Zealand

“He dozed off, into a dreamless oblivion, for what seemed like seconds but was in fact hours, and awoke hungover, the inner surface of his skull pulsing like a single, giant nerve being chewed by some ruminant animal.” ― Alex Shakar, Luminarium Mt. Victoria It was a warm, dark, late Summer night in Wellington, New Zealand. The … Continue reading One Memorable(ish) Night in Wellington, New Zealand

Neoliberalism and Class Struggles in Democracy

"Capitalism is like fire: keep it under control and it will give you heat and light; leave it untended and it will consume everything in its path.” ― Billy Bragg Neoliberalism and Class Struggle One of my favourite classes in University has been Social and Political Thought because it's focused on important philosophers who've influenced the … Continue reading Neoliberalism and Class Struggles in Democracy