Evan on March 28th, 2009

Image by ezioman I have lived a very priveleged life.  One of the great priveleges of it is that I have usually been surrounded by very gifted people.  I’m not sure why this is.  My friend Robert says it’s because I don’t compete – it’s true that I don’t, I’m not sure if this is […]

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Evan on March 26th, 2009

I have a guest post on the Psychology, Philosophy and Real Life blog.  It is exploring how much pleasure is the ruling value of life.  And if it’s not does suffering have a positive value?  I think these are difficult but very important questions.  It was a difficult post to write but I hope it […]

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Just a quick link to a fantastic post by Albert the Urban Monk.  Albert’s blog is one that is of consistently high quality.  And this post is truly great. He deals with unconditional acceptance and how we could give it.  He then deals with really listening and respect.  These are big issues and they are […]

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Evan on March 22nd, 2009

I have a guest post on the Philosophy, Psychology and Real Life blog.  It is about us living in a universe that (at least from our point of view) is infinite.  This leads me to a profoundly hopeful stance about both people and the situations that we live in.  I hope you like it.  The […]

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Evan on March 20th, 2009

Image by chantrybee This is written from a fairly raw place, so my apologies if it isn’t terribly well digested (or even coherent). Three or four hours ago I was a t work at my new job.  (It is organising activities for residents in a nursing home.)  My boss had said they would like a […]

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Evan on March 18th, 2009

Image by ff137 So, I will confess my sin.  I think some views are wrong.  Some are not just mistaken but flat out dangerous. I do truly and honestly confess myself a heretic of the postmodern church.  The dogma that all opinions are equally deserving of consideration I deny. Terrible I know.  I think some […]

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Evan on March 15th, 2009

Just a quick update on what has been happening for me. For the last almost four months (sixteen weeks tomorrow, but who’s counting?) I’ve been sleeping on a friend’s floor while looking for a place to rent.  This friend is a single mother with two children (a five year old and an eight year old).  […]

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There are two pieces of advice that I think are partly true and very useful.  The first is, “Don’t take it personally.”  That is, try and look for the truth in a criticism – as if it was about someone else.  The second is, “Take personal responsibility for your situation”.  That is: do what you […]

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