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Meat Puppets II

Colors

There are no colors. At least that’s what most folks working in science will tell you. You see the soft blue backdrop of your computer desk top, the red filling of a Cherry Pop Tart, the vibrant psychedelic splashes on the cover of Meat Puppets II. But, objectively speaking, there are no colors out there. […]

Is It Better to Have Never Been Born?

Is It Better to Have Never Been Born?

A couple days ago, someone sent me an article from the New Yorker called The Case for Not Being Born. It’s about a guy named David Benatar who wrote a book called Better Never to Have Been Born: The Harm of Coming Into Existence. I haven’t read the book itself, just one article about it. […]

At least it was nice one day...

Giving Thanks

It’s Thanksgiving Day in the USA. For those of you reading this in other countries, Thanksgiving is a harvest festival that supposedly commemorates a day of cooperation between European settlers and native people. No comment on how things went after that. Anyway, it’s traditional to say things you’re thankful for on Thanksgiving Day. So here […]

The Zen of Parenting

The Zen of Parenting

One of the most interesting questions regarding maintaining a meditation practice in the midst of living an ordinary life is the matter of how to practice if you have children. The classic books about meditation tend not to address this subject because they were generally written by celibate monks who, even when they did try […]

Abortion and Zen

Abortion and Zen

There’s a tweet storm raging about abortion and I accidentally got involved. Some science fiction writer posted what he said was an unbeatable argument that would destroy the Pro-Life crowd forever. I read it, thought it was dopey, and moved on. Then George Takei, Star Trek’s Mr. Sulu, reposted it. I responded to Takei’s post, […]