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The Loneliness of God

In the sci-fi classic "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," our heroes discover that most of the once-familiar faces around them are, in fact, hostile aliens in cloned human costume. The story resonates precisely because it taps into that most primal of human fears: that each of us is truly alone in a hostile universe. This is...

A Wave to God

Sitting on the beach last week, watching the waves rise and fall, rise and fall. The tide rolling in, receding. Clouds building, abating. Birds (and humans) coming, going. Any or all of it a perfect metaphor for life, for existence itself. Little wonder that the mystics so often use the ocean and its waves to explain...

Suffering as an Offering

An avid reader as a child, at some point I remember being intrigued by a rather simple discovery: that most of the really interesting people in life came from difficult circumstances. I don't remember any notable personalities, artists, writers, etc., emerging from the antiseptic world of suburban America (or any nicely developed stretch of society). Suffering, it turns out, is the thing that churns up the sediment of the soul,...

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The Loneliness of God

In the sci-fi classic "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," our heroes discover that most of the once-familiar faces around them are, in fact, hostile aliens in cloned human costume. The story resonates precisely because it taps into that most primal of human fears: that each of us is truly alone in a hostile universe. This is the Great Conflict of the Human Ego, the one each of us ultimately is destined...

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A Wave to God

Sitting on the beach last week, watching the waves rise and fall, rise and fall. The tide rolling in, receding. Clouds building, abating. Birds (and humans) coming, going. Any or all of it a perfect metaphor for life, for existence itself. Little wonder that the mystics so often use the ocean and its waves to explain the IDEA of a self. My infinitely patient teachers are forever reminding me that I...

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The Duality of Robin Williams

A lot of people have been pretty upset about Robin Williams's suicide. Many reasons for their unhappiness are given. Ultimately, I think it boils down to this: If someone like Robin Williams - a man who ostensibly 'has it all' - finds life unworthy of the effort, what chance do the rest of us have? Be brutally honest with yourself here. What drives you? Family, love, money, security, acclaim, a good...

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I is a Myth

It is said the greatest of all human addictions is that to one's self, which is to say, the addiction to an I that stands separate, alone, and ultimately doomed. Looking back it's pretty clear that the way I reinforced and ensured that addiction - the way all of us do - is by snatching up that myth of me created by my early caretakers, and running with it. Over...

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