Humility is universally applicable

Yesterday I had the privilege of moderating a plenary panel discussion at the Thames Valley Family Health Team’s annual spring conference. The purpose of the panel was to share stories about patient experience. Four storytellers recounted personal moments when the healthcare system blossomed beautifully or failed miserably in response to an individual struggling with mental …

Taking Health for Granted

[This is part three of a series reevaluating some propositions that I perceived as crucial and important in my early thirties.] Proposition: Health — while prob­a­bly the easiest thing to take for granted — is the most frag­ile gift I will ever have. It is the ful­crum upon which every­thing else balances–I will respect and …

I am not convinced

I am not convinced that ‘online communities’ will be defined as ‘communities’ indefinitely: it is quite possible some future generation might rebel against pixel-based approximations of human interaction as the sham of their parent’s age.

In Praise of Being Wrong

Discovering that you are misinformed or incorrect about something is a pinnacle of the human experience.

Everyone is unreasonable

Everyone is unreasonable sometimes. Reasonable people readily admit this. Chronically unreasonable people believe (and insist) that they are always reasonable.

If you can’t possibly imagine

If you can’t possibly imagine a scenario where your mindset changes, evolves, or adapts, then you possess a ‘mindset’ in the sense of dried concrete — ‘mindstuck.’ Or: ‘this mind hereby refuses to actually think any further.’ A solidified mind is basically ‘set’ like a brick.

If you were teleported here

If you were teleported here from a planet that didn’t have a moon, I’d bet that you’d describe viewing Earth’s moon with the naked eye from here on the surface of the planet as one of the most profoundly beautiful, mesmerizing experiences of your life.

Do religious communities provide ‘something’ that no other kind of community can offer?

There are interesting implications however you answer the question. Several writers — Alain De Botton and Peter Sloterdijk come to mind — have considered the plight and future of the secular practice of community. The fulcrum of the discussion seems to boil down to commitment. Membership in a religious community is ‘transactional’ — a declaration …