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Consciously Objecting To The Concept of Happiness

22 Jun

Summer is here. I hear the sounds of the children playing at the day care center across the way. Their giggles, their cries, their screams, their sighs. I hear it all when I’m out tending to my plants. They play in the sprinklers, shriek as they slide down the slip n slide. They fight over toys and dump buckets of water on each other. It’s idyllic, peaceful, a nice piece of suburbia where all the kids are lily white and all the lawns are kept real nice.

That’s one side of life, the good life that some of us strive to live. We want to be good examples, good neighbors, happy people. Sometimes we smile and fake it. Other times we’re legit because we’ve made it. Here lately I have been questioning it all. What does it take to be happy? What is happiness anyway?

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Hen and Friend and Me Makes Three

4 May

Gender neutrality. Can we truly ever have gender neutral societies? Or just ultra liberal, politically correct societies? Why can’t we all just be people?

My head is swimming in a pool of confusion. Do I really long for a simpler time when guys were guys and girls were girls and no one dared to question those invisible lines that separated our species into two distinct camps?

Hen is the new Swedish word that is an expression of gender neutrality. Instead of saying “boys and girls” or “men and women” or “ladies and gents”…it’s just “hen”. If a child is just a child and we don’t want to offend the child by identifying its gender…we say “hen”. Right? I thought hens were female chickens. Or maybe I’m just too American to wrap my head around a new word.

To me, the whole gender neutral thing is just odd because I don’t see what people are making such a fuss about. I wouldn’t care if I had a son and he wanted to wear a dress up gown and child sized heels around the house. Just like I wouldn’t give a rip if my little girl wanted to run around shirtless and play in the dirt.

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Personal Paralysis

20 Mar

Lately, I’ve been considering this quote quite a bit:

“If you just once give up everything for the Lord Christ you will never again be in chains. If you walk away from everything–just once in your life– you will be able to do it again.” — Fr. Dwight Longenecker

I came across this quote while browsing through my many blog subscriptions. One blog I’ve been subscribed to for awhile is Conversion Diary. I found it while searching for blogs that dealt with topics related to converting to Christianity in adulthood. While my path is similar to hers in some ways, in others it is quite different. Most notably, I am not Catholic. Anyway, this quote was posted a couple of weeks ago on her quick takes page and I’ve been fascinated with it ever since. I have trouble walking away from things. Even toxic situations. I seem to experience what I’ve dubbed “personal paralysis” in regard to those sorts of situations. I freeze up when faced with the agonizing choice of having to choose. “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” plays in the back of my mind and somehow, whatever situation I’ve found myself in suddenly seems not quite as bad as I imagined it to be.

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