In 2004 I deployed to Iraq in support of OIF2. I came home and reentered my life, only to discover problems bubbling to the surface over the next two years. I entered weekly counseling, thanks to a generous support from Returning Veterans Project, and over the course of two years I was guided back to […]Read More Rebuttal to the naïvety of Phipps “Positive Psychology and War: An Oxymoron”
I was driving home on River Road, outside of Salem, Oregon with the top down on the Mustang. I was enjoying the afternoon and the curves of the road. In many things I am typically a pragmatic person, I am, in some, a sensualist. And driving a convertible Mustang on a curvy road is quite […]Read More 99 Red Balloons
Granted this is written in 2001, prior to so many things happening in psychology and military deployment. I am hopeful that I will be accepted into a graduate program where I can again obtain access to research articles and see what new developments have occurred. But in the meantime, what struck me the most in this article is the influence of Contextual Experience. “The results revealed that soldiers who reported little contextual experience reported fewer benefits of the deployment”.Read More Meaning in military deployment
This fear that someone will *get over* on the *system* is fueled by the very real *lack of belief* in the system itself. Because the person believes a little in the BJW system, but not 100%, that seed of doubt is enough to spur them to *take matters in their own hands* and create laws to restrict the healthier options. I wish some of the desire for action would spur these individuals to being at least a little bit compassionate toward the poor. But it is easier to think that both *sluts get pregnant* and *lazy people are on welfare* than it is to look at each case as it is and, at the very least, ask *how would Jesus act if He were standing before this person this very minute?*Read More Abortion and a Just World
I am against the Tea Party. I do have some friends that are sympathetic towards it. And in all due respect to them as the great people they are, they have been hoodwinked. The Tea Party is not an ideology, but rather a clever marketing schemed cooked up and funded by the likes of the […]Read More I am against the Tea Party
And if people are neither good or bad, but a complex mixture of the two? If so, then it doesn’t make sense to proclaim government is bad and to put blind faith into corporations, knowing as we do, that power can and does corrupt, and that retention of power into the hands of The People is of primary importance.Read More Are people basically good? or bad?
Mac kills PC in so many areas. I find that my workflow crashes to a halt when I have to go into the office and use their Windows systems. I hesitated in downloading any Microsoft programs onto my Mac because I don’t like anything about them, how they are organized. Even using Excel, which is […]Read More Macwriter
The more the world is governed by experts, specialists, and professionals, the less anybody takes responsibility for the most troubling consequences of our success-failure.Read More Don’t trouble yourself with large moral issues
Because of a current job with the National Guard I wear my uniform every day. At least until October 30 when our funding is cut and I’ll be out of a job again. At the same time I am attending Portland State for my last three classes for my degree in philosophy. So it is […]Read More confrontation
is there a legitimacy to an ethical code that allows, accepts, and encourages one single man can make $4 BILLION dollars in one year and allow others to barely scrape by.Read More What hedge fund would Jesus buy?