Still I Rise

Still I Rise

You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise.   Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? ’Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells Pumping in my living...
Annabel Lee

Annabel Lee

It was many and many a year ago,     In a kingdom by the sea,  That a maiden there lived whom you may know     By the name of Annabel Lee;  And this maiden she lived with no other thought     Than to love and be loved by me.    I was a child and she was a child, ...
If

If

If you can keep your head when all about you        Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,     But make allowance for their doubting too;    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,     Or being lied about,...
Dust if You Must

Dust if You Must

Dust if you must, but wouldn’t it be better To paint a picture or write a letter, Bake a cake or plant a seek, Ponder the difference between want and need?   Dust if you must, but there’s not much time, With rivers to swim and mountains to climb, Music to hear...
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

The free bird leaps on the back of the wind And floats downstream till the current ends And dips his wings in the orange sun rays And dares to claim the sky.   But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage Can seldom see through his bars of rage His wings are...
Know Your Will & Way

Know Your Will & Way

How the Will to Know Leads the Way to Love Life is problem solving. You’re different from a rock ‘cuz you do shit — wake to sleep, this-that-and-the-other-thing. How often, though, do you stop to consider why in fact you do all this shit? In other words, how much...
The Faceless See-er

The Faceless See-er

Awareness & the Nature of Self We all spend a lot of time thinking about ourselves. We think about whether we’re happy or sad, loved or hated. We think about what we want and don’t want, where we’ve been and where we’d like to go. We worry...
The Humble Giant: In Loving Memory of Karl Popper

The Humble Giant: In Loving Memory of Karl Popper

There’s a straightforward path to philosophy. That is, we each have prejudices — racial prejudices, class prejudices, religious prejudices, sexual prejudices, academic prejudices, the list goes on. And the important thing about philosophy is that it criticize these...
The Essence of Aristotle’s Arrogance: The Failures of Ultimate Explanation

The Essence of Aristotle’s Arrogance: The Failures of Ultimate Explanation

The earliest Greek philosophers didn’t really ask ‘what is?’ questions. Rather than quibble over the meaning of words, they tried to solve specific problems by creating bold explanatory theories. And, if critical discussion revealed that an explanation drew untenable...