LIVE FREE OR DIE: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF REBELLION & DISSENT

  by Gary ‘Z’ McGee, Guest Waking Times “I rebel—therefore we exist.” ~Albert Camus, The Rebel Dissent is a tricky subject. The need to rebel against atrocity is deeply ingrained in the human condition. Even if most of us don’t act on it, the impulse is still there, churning our guts with disgust, getting our hearts pumping, moving us to spit curse words in lathered fury and shout in angry defiance. The problem is that most of us don’t know what to do with this powerful and sometimes overwhelming energy. Most of us were raised in violent societies that use violence to keep the … Continue reading LIVE FREE OR DIE: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF REBELLION & DISSENT

10 Overlooked Truths About Taking Action

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Kyle Eschenroeder. “This is a holy moment. A sacramental moment. A moment in which a man feels the gods as close as his own breath. What unknowable mercy has spared us this day? What clemency of the divine has turned the enemy’s spear one handbreadth from our throat and driven it fatally into the breast of the beloved comrade at our side? Why are we still here above the earth, we who are no better, no braver, who reverenced heaven no more than these our brothers whom the gods have dispatched to hell?” In … Continue reading 10 Overlooked Truths About Taking Action

All the Pop Culture Touchstones We’ve Never Seen or Heard and Always Get Shit About

The thing about culture these days is that there’s so much (too much?) of it. One could even argue that as a media organization, we’re part of the problem. Nonetheless, as members of the cultured elite — we publish at least one dick-related article a week — there’s still plenty of culture that we’ve been shamed for not having read, seen or heard. For instance… by MEL Nick Leftley, Senior Editor: Any time I say I’ve never seen Top Gun, people look at me like I’m an alien. And admittedly I am, albeit a legal one. But I get the same reaction in my native U.K., … Continue reading All the Pop Culture Touchstones We’ve Never Seen or Heard and Always Get Shit About

The Universe Began With a Big Melt, Not a Big Bang

image edited by F. Kaskais The cosmological constant and the creation of the universe. BY THANU PADMANABHAN There are two tantalizing mysteries about our universe, one dealing with its final fate and the other with its beginning, that have intrigued cosmologists for decades. The community has always believed these to be independent problems—but what if they are not? The first problem has to do with the existence of something called “dark energy,” which is today accelerating the expansion of the universe and will determine its final fate. Theorists tell us that the effects of dark energy can be explained by … Continue reading The Universe Began With a Big Melt, Not a Big Bang

THE GREAT TRANSFORMATION: A WORLD AWAKENING

by Sahara Devi, Guest Waking Times  We are currently living in the most profoundly transformative time in the history of the Planet. Never mind the Industrial Revolution or even the advent of our current techno wonder-world: this is a time of Awakening Consciousness on a planetary level, and not one single being or location on the earth will remain untouched. Of course, you may not be remotely aware of this, as we each experience life depending upon where we put our attention — and right now there is a reality show of international proportions grabbing the spotlight from nightly news to social … Continue reading THE GREAT TRANSFORMATION: A WORLD AWAKENING

Existential Psychologist Rollo May on Freedom and the Significance of the Pause

One of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s original watercolors for The Little Prince “Freedom is the capacity to pause in the face of stimuli from many directions at once and, in this pause, to throw one’s weight toward this response rather than that one.” BY MARIA POPOVA “Everything can be taken from a man,” the great Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl wrote in his timeless treatise on the human search for meaning, “but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” A generation later, James Baldwin examined how we imprison ourselves and … Continue reading Existential Psychologist Rollo May on Freedom and the Significance of the Pause

Coming to Terms with the First Noble Truth (and My Shopping Addiction)

                                                                        Photo by Baptiste C David | http://bit.ly/2x9ESkx How a writer and gym teacher learned about life’s unsatisfactory nature through a series of motorcycle jacket purchases. By Alex Tzelnic   The first noble truth is that life is unsatisfactory.I’ve always found this idea difficult to accept because life, it often seems, is actually pretty satisfactory. The sun rises in the east, sets in the west, and the … Continue reading Coming to Terms with the First Noble Truth (and My Shopping Addiction)