I first took LSD when I was 15. A few friends and I each took a dose and spent the next eight hours riding bikes through town, laughing and wondering and shuddering at the strangeness of the world we had briefly stepped into.Read More
For several months now, Russell Brand has been garnering more and more media attention with his call for a "revolution in consciousness." From appearing on numerous talk shows to using social media for promoting the Messiah Complex tour, Brand has been calling for a change in our current politico-socio-economic state. And his views are gaining traction.Read More
I am not concerned with a political revolution, though politics certainly will be affected. I am interested in a "spiritual" awakening. And if you have a degree of social awareness, I am willing to bet you have noticed this awakening too. It is exemplified in the following messages:Read More
Over the years, I've changed quite a bit. What about you?
Some of my old friends are not much different than they were 20 years ago. They've kept the same religion, the same values, the same friends, even the same haircut. Often I criticize people like this for following the path that has been laid out for them.
But in many cases I admire them. I respect that despite the onslaught of life, some folks stay true to a course.
Many people are eluded by happiness. Given our society, it's no wonder. We are inundated with messages that suggest happiness is found in more money, more success, more possessions, more righteousness, better entertainment, and better pills. So we look for happiness in these things, and we're disappointed when we don't find it.Read More
Last night I was talking with a friend about the beauty of words. We shared our passion and appreciation for good stories and well-written prose.
We all have a story, and it’s natural to want to tell it.
It is this desire that inspired the cave drawings of our ancestors, history’s hundred-thousand-word elegies, and today’s 140-character twitter updates. Words are born of our need for connection and our desire for meaning.
I see it everywhere - people talking about authenticity and originality. Perhaps you've seen it, too. Since the passing of Steve Jobs it seems everyone wants to quote him (and others) to inspire people to go brave new territory, leave the pack, and follow dreams.
I like it. I think humanity is on the advent of something big. I see the makings of a love affair with authenticity. And I think it's resulting from access to information.
I recently picked up Pleasures of the Damned and have since been indulging like a kid with stolen candy.
Bukowski's words have that effect, like maybe you should be reading in the closet with a flashlight. At the same time they make me want to read from a rooftop, megaphone in one hand, book in the other, as if doing so would draw people in. Maybe the ring of truth could be heard for miles. Like a dog whistle, it might send some barking mad, and bring others heeling to the master.
"I shot junk and smoked crack because I learned two things growing up: It's cool to be bad, and happiness is something you buy and consume. So I figured if it's expensive and bad, it must be good. It's a fucking lie."Read More
Next time you meet someone new, instead of asking them what they do for work, ask what their PASSIONS are. Notice the difference in the conversation and CONNECTION.Read More
Often what I write isn't well received.
I am critical of religion, politics, materialism, conformity, and society as a whole.
But I like people. I think we are fucked up, but I kinda like us. In fact, I write because I love people.I think we are capable of being more. So when I criticize everything from Christianity to consumerism it's because I know we are better than these things. Read More
A lot of people suffer unnecessarily.
Let me tell you why:
They see things as bad when it is only their thinking that makes it bad.
Everyone gets ideas.
But only the strong act on them.
I see ideas as more of an occurrence, a gift bestowed by the universe. What we do with that gift determines how well we live. Artists call this the muse, scientists call it causation, and spiritualists call it god. It's all the same. Ideas occur, and the more we act on them the more readily they come.
I recently saw an internet meme where a group of people are all wearing t-shirts that read "authenticity," and one guy in the corner is taking his shirt off. A week later I read...Read More
If Jesus is real, and he is the embodiment of all the good things Christians say he is, then I don't need to worry for doubting his existence.
For Jesus, being perfect in mercy, will be able to judge me absolutely justly. And a just judge will likely conclude that it is completely plausible and acceptable for one to doubt the existence of a perfect being, born of a virgin, who lives in some unknowable place that will come from the clouds and reign as king for a thousand years and then escort believers to another realm to live eternally in peace. Even believers doubt this at times, and with good reason.Read More