FEAR IS THE ENEMY OF FREEDOM

by Gary Z McGee, Staff Writer Waking Times  “Hell is empty, and all the devils are here.” ~Shakespeare The bad thing about all the devil’s being here is that we’re surrounded by goddamned devils. The good thing about all the devil’s being here is that we have something to fight against, something to overcome. We have something to be stronger than, healthier than, more flexible than. We have a rigid fragility to shatter over our flexible antifragility. We have a cowardice to match our courage against. We have an excuse to “rage, rage, rage against the dying of the light!” In short: … Continue reading FEAR IS THE ENEMY OF FREEDOM

The respect deficit

A homeless woman sits on a bench a few blocks away from the White House, Washington, 1 September 2015. Photo by Carlos Barria/Reuters Economic inequality is an urgent problem. Deeper still is our loss of mutual respect, the foundation of a fair society by Richard V Reeves is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he co-directs the Center on Children and Families. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, National Affairs, and The New York Times, among others. His latest book is Dream Hoarders (2017). He lives in Washington, DC. Edited by Nigel Warburton At the end of 2017, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority launched … Continue reading The respect deficit

GEORGE ORWELL WARNED US OF THE MOST DANGEROUS TYPE OF CENSORSHIP

by Dylan Charles, Editor Waking Times “The enemy is the gramophone mind, whether or not one agrees with the record that is being played at the moment.” ~George Orwell The big tech companies are now openly censoring popular viewpoints and deleting select social media pages who supposedly ‘violate community guidelines.’ There is, of course, never a detailed explanation of why companies like You Tube and Facebook delete user generated pages (our You Tube page was deleted in 2017 for no apparent reason and our Facebook page has been throttled down to almost no reach), and there is never a reasonable way to … Continue reading GEORGE ORWELL WARNED US OF THE MOST DANGEROUS TYPE OF CENSORSHIP

Look up from your screen

Hands on at the farm. Photo by Tim Dirven/Panos Children learn best when their bodies are engaged in the living world. We must resist the ideology of screen-based learning by Nicholas Tampio is associate professor of political science at Fordham University in New York. He is the author of Kantian Courage (2012) and Deleuze’s Political Vision (2015). His latest book is Common Core: National Education Standards and the Threat to Democracy (2018). Edited by Sam Haselby A rooster crows and awakens my family at the farm where we are staying for a long weekend. The air is crisp, and stars twinkle in the sky as the Sun rises over … Continue reading Look up from your screen

4 SIGNS WE LIVE IN A PROFOUNDLY SICK SOCIETY

by Gary Z McGee, Staff Writer Waking Times “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” ~Jiddu Krishnamurti What makes our society so sick? How do we know for sure that our society is unhealthy? Is there a way to reason our way into a clear explanation for why our society is unfit for healthy human beings attempting to evolve in a healthier way? It really comes down to answering one critical question: Do you want to live, or do you want to die? As Albert Camus famously stated, “There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, … Continue reading 4 SIGNS WE LIVE IN A PROFOUNDLY SICK SOCIETY

SAY GOODBYE TO ‘DRY JULY’ AND HELLO TO ‘FLAWLESS AUGUST’

by Phillip J. Watt & Nicole L. Maclean Waking Times This article was written just after the ‘Blood Moon’ eclipse began in Australia on July 28, 2018… For some people it is just an astronomical event when the moon is imprinted with the earth’s shadow from the sun, and for others there is astrological symbolism and energetic meaning to it too. From the latter point of view, lunar eclipses in general symbolise facing thyself. They reflect ushering out the old and bringing in the new, on both personal and collective levels. This can be a painful process at times, because serious change is … Continue reading SAY GOODBYE TO ‘DRY JULY’ AND HELLO TO ‘FLAWLESS AUGUST’

James Baldwin on Resisting the Mindless Majority, Not Running from Uncomfortable Realities, and What It Really Means to Grow Up

Art by Ben Shahn from On Nonconformity “We ought to try, by the example of our own lives, to prove that life is love and wonder and that that nation is doomed which penalizes those of its citizens who recognize and rejoice in this fact.” BY MARIA POPOVA “I can conceive of no better service,” Walt Whitman wrote, “than boldly exposing the weakness, liabilities and infinite corruptions of democracy.” Nearly a century later, James Baldwin (August 2, 1924–December 1, 1987) — another poet laureate of the human spirit — embodied this ethos in one of his shortest, most searing, and timeliest essays. In 1963, the children’s book … Continue reading James Baldwin on Resisting the Mindless Majority, Not Running from Uncomfortable Realities, and What It Really Means to Grow Up