Category Archives: Awareness

Drugs are everywhere. Everywhere.

on October 4, 2018 in Awareness

Maybe from reading Michael Pollan’s recent book, How to Change Your Mind, or the nationwide spread of repealing the prohibition on cannabis, or the increasing research finding therapeutic effects of illegal drugs claimed to have no value, or people talking about doing illegal drugs on in the media with no consequence, or overhearing middle-aged women talk about enjoying Percocet left over after the pain it was prescribed for passed, or[…] Keep reading →

Men aren’t as confused as the media say

on October 1, 2018 in Awareness, Perception

My response to a popular social media post is below. I don’t pretend it’s the final word, but it expresses something missing. The post I responded to Guys ask why women are so pissed off. Even guys with wives and daughters. Jackson Katz, a prominent social researcher, illustrates why. He’s done it with hundreds of audiences: “I draw a line down the middle of a chalkboard, sketching a male symbol[…] Keep reading →

Do you fly to experience the beauty of nature and untouched places and cultures?

on September 20, 2018 in Awareness, Nature

Do you consider it a moral or ethical issue that water flows downhill? Probably not. Do I sound like I’m trying to make you feel guilty if I say that it rains sometimes? Again, probably not. In the same spirit of speaking non-morally and non-ethically, but simply stating the obvious, when you fly to experience nature, solitude, or remote, untouched cultures what you see, you’re helping destroy. I’m not saying[…] Keep reading →

Three simple proposals to reduce pollution

on September 18, 2018 in Awareness, Choosing/Decision-Making, Nature, Visualization

I understand that many people reduce their pollution just from knowing how much they pollute. Planes How about having every airplane ticket show how much pollution and greenhouse gas emissions each flight causes—designed, prominent, and easy to read, like an Energy Star label or cigarette warning? I’d add a relevant comparison number, like IPCC recommendations. Like this, from MyClimate.org, Cars How about gas pumps show that information as you fill[…] Keep reading →

Privilege?

on September 13, 2018 in Awareness, Stories

I hear and read the term white privilege. Plenty of people explain it. How do the following fit into the concept? For context, for about a decade of my childhood, my mom’s house, where I spent half my time, was in poor neighborhoods, especially Rockland Street in Philadelphia in the mid-70s, or bordered them where whites were minorities. For a while our house was one of three white families on[…] Keep reading →

Handling Trigger Warnings, Microaggressions, Safe Spaces, and Other Outrages

on September 5, 2018 in Awareness, Education, Freedom, Inc.com, Leadership, Nonjudgment

Handling Trigger Warnings, Microaggressions, Safe Spaces, and Other Outrages Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff’s new book, The Coddling of the American Mind, takes on offense and outrage with calm resolve and effective insight Jonathan Haidt’s latest book, released today, The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure, coauthored by Greg Lukianoff, takes on one of the issues of our[…] Keep reading →

The privilege of scientific ignorance

on August 11, 2018 in Awareness, Education, Nature, Nonjudgment

NYU, where I teach, is a stronghold of social justice activity, as is Columbia, where I went to school. Since before college I’ve worked on causes to promote equality along genders, skin colors, geography, sexual preferences, and more. I protested Apartheid, my government’s actions in Central America, and more. I work on the environment. The list goes on. The term privilege gets thrown around. Being white, male, and fit, the[…] Keep reading →

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