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“Discipline is freedom.” – Jocko Willink

Engineering and Leonardo da Vinci

Engineering and Leonardo da Vinci

“The Practice of Engineering” Leonardo [da Vinci] took an artist’s vision into science. He understood that science, as much as painting, has to find the design of nature in her detail. He gave science what was (and is!) most needed: The artist’s sense that the detail...

Giving it to You Straight

Giving it to You Straight

Where violence is concerned, I think both men and women want people to give it to them straight. As much fun as I have engaging in and teaching life-preservation techniques, lives are truly changed when people start to gain a better understanding of violence as it...

God Loves You

God Loves You

Friend… God loves you. He loves you not because you’re a well-behaved person but because He’s so prodigally extravagant and inexpressively good that He cannot help but love you. At the risk of sounding blasphemous (and I pray you see the spirit behind what I’m about...

Self-knowledge, a meditation

Self-knowledge, a meditation

Self-knowledge (the primary form [see Note below]), a meditation… Note: There are, essentially, two kinds of self-knowledge: 1/The Primary Form, which I discuss in this mediation. And... 2/The Secondary Form, with has to do with how well a person understands his [or...

The Eradication of Sin

The Eradication of Sin

In many of the church circles in which I move these days, there’s much talk about God’s love (as there should be!) and the identity we now have in Christ (also, as there should be!). Yes, of course (!!), we’re loved by God! And, yes, of course (!!), we’re New...

When I Die, I will Not Go with Death

When I Die, I will Not Go with Death

This is my response to the following quote by Sengai [see Note at the end of this post]: When I die, “I will not go with death…” Earlier in life, I thought I was unattached (and that I should strive always to be and remain unattached) to the continuing of my life, but...

I Am an Unfolding Event

I Am an Unfolding Event

Anthropologically, I am A Human Being. I am also—in this very moment—An Unfolding Event. My life is—and will forever be—an ever-expanding, never-ending (that is, eternal) stream of unfolding events.

No

No

The older I get the more “No” I say. These days, I say “No” to a lot of really good things. I do that, so I can say “Yes” to great things. This is the overarching philosophy behind true minimalism. A minimalist is NOT just someone who lives with less. A true...

Speaking with a Tender-hearted Preciseness

Speaking with a Tender-hearted Preciseness

We live in an age saturated by hyperbole and verbal imprecision. Sinking ever deeper into the quagmire of group-think, ill-informed labeling, and inanely voiced opinions based in half-truth, egregious polemics, and lack-luster social analysis, our culture has somehow...

The Mantric Prayer of the Beloved

The Mantric Prayer of the Beloved

Jesus… O Living, Illuminating, and Loving God… Y-you’ve loved me with an everlasting love, and Y-you’ve drawn me with unfailing kindness. Y-you, O Living, Illuminating, and Loving God, are enough; and Y-your Grace [see definition below], O Living, Illuminating, and...