Articles about Philosophy
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Get Involved When It's None of Your Business
Working in a retail job, you think you’ve become accustomed to bad behavior on the part of children as well as parents. But you are appalled to see a mother use an umbrella to...
11 of the Most Sacred and Iconic Trees From Around the World
Originally published at Garden Buildings Direct.   Besides the fact they provide almost everything that both humans and animals need to ensure existence, trees signify that...
Do You Have Time to Love?
The greatest gift you can offer loved ones is your true presence.
What Shall We Love?
Human beings seem unable to live without war, but they are also unable to live without love.
Lakota Wisdom: Why Native American Truths Can Heal the World
The word wisdom is used frequently every day, whether it is spoken and heard or written and read. Yet it is debatable, in my opinion, if most of us know what it is. In most...
Realize You Are the Earth
“We need a real awakening, enlightenment, to change our way of thinking and seeing things. To breathe in and be aware of your body and look deeply into it, realise you are the...
Seeing Beauty: a Necessary Skill for the Future
And did you feel it, in your heart, how it pertained to everything? And have you too finally figured out what beauty is for? And have you changed your life? One only...
The Psychology of Hate: How We Deny Human Beings Their Humanity
From slavery to genocide, society has shown a terrifying ability to disregard the personhood of others. Here's why.
Yearning for a World of Love and Justice
We live in a world filled with loving and caring people. We all crave a world filled with love and care. Yet most of us doubt that we can experience a loving and caring world...
The Difference Between Hot Boredom and Cool Boredom
Hot boredom is like being locked in a padded cell. You are bored, miserable, and irritated. Cool boredom is quite spacious.
Audre Lorde: "Learning From the 60s" (1982)
"Hopefully, we can learn from the 60s that we cannot afford to do our enemies' work by destroying each other."
Igniting the Life Force at Our Creative Core, Bringing Spirituality into Action
Called forth by the enormous challenges of our times, a powerful new movement is emerging with the potential to change our world. Evolutionary spirituality is a new, integral...
Understanding Patriarchy
Patriarchy is the single most life-threatening social disease assaulting the male body and spirit in our nation. Yet most men do not use the word “patriarchy” in everyday life...
In Praise of Self-Helpless
The following is excerpted from The Gate of Tears: Sadness and the Spiritual Path by Jay Michaelson, published by Ben Yahuda Press. In the 1990s, a prominent teacher of what’s...
Healing Our Collective Trauma: The Key to Creating a Society Based on Trust Rather Than Fear
Behind the crisis of our time hides the core crisis of human relationships.
Conscientious Compassion: A Buddhist's View on Climate Change, Social Justice, and Saving the World
American scholar and Theravada monk Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi might not receive the same high-profile press coverage as the Roman Catholic Church’s charismatic standard-bearer...
I Love Being a Woman
“I am a woman. I am thankful for that, for I like being a woman.” Already this statement, if spoken in full truth, requires a fundamental shift in the worldview of women...
The Ending Of Sorrow
First of all I would like to remind you if I may, this is not an intellectual entertainment nor some kind of romantic ideological rubbish. We are dealing with our daily life...
5 Difficult Situations Where 'Letting Go' Is the Best Decision You'll Ever Make
1. When the people you love hurt you We’ve all been hurt before. We let people in, and they shatter us. So we develop a ‘thick skin,’ as they tell us we should. But there are...
Pope Francis, American Churches, and Palestinian Rights
Pope Francis’ September 2015 visit to the US will doubtless reinforce his reach to the new audiences he has attracted beyond the Catholic Church with his strong positions on...
Compassion, the Antidote
Thich Nhat Hanh has published nearly 100 books and is one of the best-known teachers of Zen Buddhism in the world today. In the early 1960s his practice of what he termed...
Don't Forget How Strange This All Is
Jerry Seinfeld joked that if aliens came to earth and saw people walking dogs, they would assume the dogs are the leaders. The dog walks out front, and a gangly creature...
The Leap Manifesto: A Call for Caring for the Earth and One Another
'This is our sacred duty to those this country harmed in the past, to those suffering needlessly in the present and to all who have a right to a bright and safe future.'
Judge Less, Accept More, and Restore Your Happiness
“Judge nothing, you will be happy. Forgive everything, you will be happier. Love everything, you will be happiest.” ~Sri Chinmoy A few years back, the husband of an...
Kindness, Activism, Ego, and Social Skills
“The first step in the revolution is eye contact.” - Alicen Grey
Setting Aside Half the Earth for 'Rewilding': The Ethical Dimension
A much-anticipated book in conservation and natural science circles is EO Wilson’s Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life, which is due early next year. It builds on his...
How Awe Makes Us Generous
A new study finds that feeling small in nature makes us more generous to other humans.
Life's Pursuit: Endlessly Seeking External Rewards is Self-Defeating
Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam (1931-2015) was a scientist, aeronautical engineer, writer, and the 11th President of India, serving from 2002-2007. During his...
Just World Hypothesis and the Perpetuation of Victim-Blaming
Victim-blaming is rife in today’s world. Claiming benefits? You’re called a scrounger. Fleeing war? You’ll be criticised forspoiling someone’s holiday. Suffer from mental...
A Path to End Racism
Racism is the demeaning of an entire group of people and refusing to see them as fully human in the way we see ourselves and those we deem to be “like” us. When we fail to see...
Ending Mass Incarceration: The Ongoing Call to Faith Communities
The crisis of incarceration this nation now faces demands people of faith act with swift and fierce moral authority to transform, not just reform, an irreparably broken...
Love Is a Limited Resource: On Trauma and Queer Utopias
As a a person who is queer and politicized and poly (though currently with one partner) my newsfeeds on social media are frequently filled with statuses, tweets, posts and...
The Problem of Passivity
This path calls us to gaze, unflinchingly, at difficult truths. The messy reality is that our cooperative participation in systems of oppression itself causes harm. And so we...
Give Up Hope: It's The Best Chance We Have to Save Everything We Love
The most common words I hear spoken by any environmentalists anywhere are, We’re fucked. Most of these environmentalists are fighting desperately, using whatever tools they...
How a White Supremacist Became a Civil Rights Activist
The story of a KKK leader’s transformation shows us that we need not live forever with the kind of violence we saw in Charleston this month.
People and Trees: Intimately Connected Through the Ages
Trees are considered sacred in many cultures. Tree worship, in one form or another, has been practiced almost universally by ancient peoples in every corner of the globe.
Buen Vivir: A New Era of Great Social Change
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” ― R. Buckminster Fuller Our...
A Bodhisattva’s Approach to Activism
Unless you're on long retreat in a Himalayan cave, it's becoming more difficult to overlook the fact that our world is beset by interacting ecological, economic and social...
Falling in Love with the Earth: The Revolution That Needs To Happen Starts From Inside Each Of Us
This beautiful, bounteous, life-giving planet we call Earth has given birth to each one of us, and each one of us carries the Earth within every cell of our body.
Indigenous Knowledge Systems / Alaska Native Ways of Knowing
'The depth of indigenous knowledge rooted in the long inhabitation of a particular place offers lessons that can benefit everyone, from educator to scientist, as we search for...
Pope's Climate Letter Is a Radical Attack on the Logic of the Market
What makes Pope Francis and his 183-page encyclical so radical isn’t just his call to urgently tackle climate change. It’s the fact he openly and unashamedly goes against...
The 4 Vows of The Bodhi-Activist
If it makes sense to feel hopeless about the future, maybe what we need right now is some 'profound nonsense.'
Explosive Intervention by Pope Francis Set to Transform Climate Change Debate
The most anticipated papal letter for decades will be published in five languages on Thursday. It will call for an end to the ‘tyrannical’ exploitation of nature by mankind...
Why Sacred Places Matter
Film series tells the stories of eight embattled indigenous communities around the world
Be Bored and See What's Inside
Comedian, Aaron Barschak, once said that all you need for creativity is a certain level of boredom, and some alcohol. The latter we have plenty of but with the technological...
Our Addiction to Control Is Enslaving Us
Is there a belief about the Universe or about ourselves that causes all of the conflict in the world?
The Social Status of Jesus
Why wasn't Jesus a woman? Or Trans? Or disabled? - An article written from a Christian perspective.
The Disease of Being Busy
I saw a dear friend a few days ago. I stopped by to ask her how she was doing, how her family was. She looked up, voice lowered, and just whimpered: “I’m so busy… I am so busy…...
Eleven Things I Wish I'd Known When I Was 20
This is a letter to my younger self - both the inner cynic and the idealist that secretly believes a more beautiful world is possible.
The New Macho: One Vision Of What Mature Masculinity Looks Like In The 21st Century
He cleans up after himself. He cleans up our planet. He is a role model for young men. He is rigorously honest and fiercely optimistic. He knows what he feels. He knows how to...