Nakedness

The old apes rose up and began to walk with their heads held high. They wandered far through lush, cool forests and found at its edge an open savannah ripe with meat to hunt and food to forage. They quickly found their thick fur far too heavy in the glaring heat and sweltering sun of this … Continue reading Nakedness

Meaning

“The literal meaning of life is whatever you’re doing that prevents you from killing yourself.” ― Albert Camus Humans, cursed as we are to be so aware, can’t help looking back, far into the past in search of the beginning, and to looking forward, far into the future, in search of a pattern, a purpose, … Continue reading Meaning

Loneliness

“I stretch my loneliness out from eternity to eternity.” — Rainer Maria Rilke, tr. by Robert Bly, from Selected Poems One ant, a single bee, an abandoned antelope, and a lone wolf doesn’t amount to very much on their own, and neither does a socially isolated human being. Some animals have evolved to rely on … Continue reading Loneliness

Kinds

“The human mind was set up to categorize, generalize. It makes life so much simpler.” ― Laura Lippman And humans opened their mind’s eye for the first time, and their power of observation went to work on all they beheld. We saw all that was within and all that was without and desired it all … Continue reading Kinds

Justice

“At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.” — Aristotle Life is unfair, so they say. Some people are lucky, they have wealth, health, beauty, talent, intelligence. They were born to parents who loved them in all the right ways and communities and circumstances … Continue reading Justice

Illusion

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” — Albert Einstein Wherever humans exist, things are not what they seem. Illusion taints every aspect of the human experience. It’s in everything we do, and feel, and think. It is in the way things taste, the way time flows, what we believe is valuable, … Continue reading Illusion

Humiliation

“Oh, humiliation is poisonous. It’s one of the deepest pains of being human.” — Pierce Brosnan Like all negative emotions, shame, guilt, embarrassment, and humiliation seem to be concentrated in our species. We are, as far as we can tell, most aware of ourselves and so are most aware of our place compared to others, … Continue reading Humiliation