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The Principle of Charity

In philosophy and rhetoric, the principle of charity requires interpreting a speaker’s statements in the most rational way possible and, in the case of any argument, considering its best, strongest possible interpretation Early in my...

The Roots of Evil

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.Henry David Thoreau, Walden I’ve been living the past month in blissful ignorance. After the election, I had decided to take 60 days off of reading or...

Guilt Helps No One

It’s very easy to feel guilty these days. Especially if you’re enjoying areas of success/luck/privilege. But guilt really not helpful. In fact, it’s incredibly damaging. Not just to you, but probably to the victim of whatever...

News Psychosis

It’s very tempting to think that the world is ending when watching the news on TV. I’m still in the midst of my 60 day experiment without news but, being home for the holidays, I occasionally hear clips of it standing my in-law’s kitchen. It’s hard...


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