Category Archives: Awareness

My salt experiment

on April 21, 2018 in Awareness, Fitness, Habits, Nature, Perception

When I was a kid, my mom and stepfather switched from salted butter to unsalted. I remember the unsalted tasted bland, like nothing. I couldn’t stand it. Some time later—maybe weeks or months, I don’t remember—I tasted salted butter again for the first time. It tasted terrible! It was way too salty. Of course, the amount of salt in the butter didn’t change. I did. My taste buds had adjusted[…] Keep reading →

Would you rather eat ice cream or exercise, part 3

on April 12, 2018 in Awareness, Choosing/Decision-Making

Following up my first and second posts on this topic, and while the options below don’t have to be exclusive, people usually choose as if they are. Do you prefer to . . . Eat ice cream or exercise? Be a slave owner Or a slave? Eat comfort food Or healthy food? Go to the beach Or help clean litter from your neighborhood? Practice an art or craft that takes[…] Keep reading →

Does knowing history undoom us from repeating it?

on April 11, 2018 in Awareness

I keep hearing people say that in all their lives they’ve never seen things as bad as they are—usually about politics, but sometimes on the environment, some aspect of culture or society, and so on. People have been saying that as long as I can remember. It makes me think of the phrase that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. I’m starting to conclude that[…] Keep reading →

Love, Cholera, Bitter Almonds, Unrequited Love, and You

on April 7, 2018 in Art, Audio, Awareness, Perception, Podcast

“It was inevitable. The scent of bitter almonds always reminded Dr. Juvenal Urbino of the fate of unrequited love.” Have you paid attention to the opening lines of Love in the Time of Cholera, the novel by Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez? I hadn’t for decades and missed richness, complexity, and depth, paralleling a richness, complexity, and depth I missed in nature, my relationships with others, and my relationship with[…] Keep reading →

Op Ed Fridays: Challenging beliefs on men and masculinity

on April 6, 2018 in Awareness, Models

When I turned 17 I received the letter from the federal government that they required me, by my next birthday, to register for what it called Selective Service and and that I call the draft. I don’t remember the details, but I remember something about punishment if I didn’t. I also remember thinking I didn’t feel I had the experience or maturity to comprehend this obligation imposed on me to[…] Keep reading →

Awareness and education are not enough for the environment

on March 23, 2018 in Awareness, Nature

Raising awareness and education are pathetic, impotent excuses for acting on the environment people hide behind. I’ve seen people talking about their awareness of litter problems while obliviously holding coffee in single-use disposable cups. There are a lot of Enron environmentalists. You may be one. A main problem with awareness is that people feel aware while they aren’t. They’re aware of what they know but ignorant of what the don’t.[…] Keep reading →

Why are we so blind to sexism that hurts men and boys?

on March 22, 2018 in Awareness

This week’s New York Times article, Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys, is important, in my opinion, for many reasons. It brings up important factors including race and class. I feel compelled to address a factor that everyone seems happy to ignore: sexism hurting men and boys. This quote highlights my point: One of the most popular liberal post-racial ideas is the idea that the fundamental[…] Keep reading →

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