The False Allure of Moral Relativism

Wait a minute? So, where’d we land on the moral question — on matters of right and wrong? Is there anywhere for us to stand to make such judgments? I admit that, because our behaviors are conjectured, there appears to be no place from which we can stand to judge the...
Freedom is the Path

Freedom is the Path

Natural Laws vs Social Laws Before cultures clashed, our social behaviors – rituals and traditions – would have seemed as natural as the seasons: each are controlled by the gods, or nature. So, there wasn’t really reason to question the social...
The Power of Beliefs

The Power of Beliefs

By Way of Introduction It’s spring in Salt Lake City. I’ve been writing at my desk all day and my back’s painfully aware. I glance out the window and see that the morning’s storm has washed out the pollution and left a soft blue sky. I figure it’s time to give my back...
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...