presence

Focus

What we focus on determines the content of our lives. I don’t mean that in some bullshit law of attraction way, where if you think it, it will come.  I mean that what we focus on becomes part of the fabric of our reality. Things will still proceed as they will, but our perception of …

economy

The New Economy

There’s a hypothesis going around that we’re on the verge of massive unemployment.  That most jobs are about to be replaced by automation, computers and robots and that the remainder of us better have our shit together or we’re fucked. My father thinks something else will come along that will bolster the economy.  That the …

purpose

Purpose

I’ve been thinking a lot about purpose lately, and this morning in particular. A lot of personal development gurus talk about purpose as though it’s a job, a vocation or a hobby that one must discover in order to reveal their inner self through a “true calling”. I think that’s a bit of a myth. …

connection

Kindness

It’s 12:35 and I’m just pulling into my driveway, thirty minutes after I left work for lunch.  This wouldn’t seem odd, except I live very close to the office, about a three to five minute drive on an average day.  However, they’ve closed the bridge for construction that I usually cross, so I have to …

speculation

The Necessity Of Death

This is a trope that’s come up again and again in books, movies, comics and television shows I’ve watched. Someone, usually an older person, turns to their protege who doesn’t understand why someone just lost their life and says, “it’s the death that makes the life worth living.” I’d like to think on that for …

culture

Initium

Yesterday was Canada’s hundred-and-fiftieth birthday. I’m not particularly patriotic, but it’s hard not to want to celebrate.  Personally, I think nationalism separates us more than it brings us together, partially due to geography, but also internally.  Subsets within a country can have very different concepts about what belonging to that country means. Witness the United …