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The Trauma of Being Alive

An undercurrent of trauma runs through ordinary life, shot through as it is with the poignancy of impermanence. I like to say that if we are not suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, we are suffering from pre-traumatic stress disorder. There is no way to be alive without being conscious of the potential for disaster. One way or another, death (and its cousins: old age, illness, accidents, separation and loss) hangs over all of us. Nobody is immune. Our world is unstable and unpredictable, and operates, to a great degree and despite incredible scientific advancement, outside our ability to control it.Mark Epstein, The Trauma of Being Alive

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The Spectrum of Faith

“Faith is the conviction behind sustained effort.”Swami Tripurari, Bhagavad-gita: Its Feeling and Philosophy (UPDATE: This article was republished on the Harmonist with a good discussion in the comments.) In a recent Twitter discussion, I posited that atheists do indeed have faith. Their faith is in reason and sense perception, i.e., rationalism and empiricism. This statement […]