This morning I was reading some Marcus Aurelius. Then I got into my car and drove to South Salem HS where I mentor two boys. While driving there I noted how I had short outbursts at people driving as fools. Not road rage, but an elevated spurt of emotion all the same. I was observing […]Read More Driving in Traffic with Virtue
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’ve spent a couple of weeks conducting military training where my infantry platoon shook the cobwebs off of some knowledge and practiced various maneuvers. I am still adapting to my role of Platoon Sergeant where I am more concerned with casualties, supply, and logistics than I was in kicking in doors as a Squad Leader […]Read More Jus ad bellum (Just War)
I am rereading Boethius: The Consolation of Philosophy and 1/2 through it I am getting bored with it. I’m not opposed to the use of God as a prime mover or original cause, or ultimate form, or the like. These are hardly new and like statements are found from Plato to Aristotle to Spinoza to […]Read More Happiness and virtue
It is a beautiful day today. Especially driving down River Road in Salem. Sunny. 70’s. Top down on the Mustang. Nightwish playing on the radio. Life is pretty good. I decide to stop at a convenience store to get some protein before going to CrossFit in an hour. I’m a bit dehydrated and low on […]Read More I almost beat someone up today
Reading some about Aristotle and the idea of the First Mover and I got to thinking. So here goes some rambling thought. I then think of the Norse creation myths. There isn’t a First Mover, as compared to say other religions with a creating god. There was no god that was before everything, moving over […]Read More Ethics, Golden Mean, and being Heathen
Between eight and ten years ago I regularly went to therapy. I was struggling with two major forces at the time. The first was that my sense of normal, the horizon of my moral landscape, was still that of someone on a deployment. This is to say that in this context there is a survive […]Read More … or should I get a cup of coffee?
It is the weekend and my day is filled with books, coffee, and incense. I put on some good music and sat in front of my altar for a while. On my altar sit a variety of things. It is less a geometric space akin to a physical mandala as some altars are, but more […]Read More Going Down
I went on a hike a few weeks ago. It was a bright, crisp day, and the colors of Spring were vibrant. I felt energized just by being outside in the forest. The trails, cutting through the trees, were clear and contrasted with the surrounding rushes and grasses. While I was free to go in […]Read More Niflheim
I deployed with the Marines in Desert Storm, and with the Oregon Army National Guard in 2004. Today I train and work with veterans. A common image that I see on patches, hats, and so forth is an “infidel”. This is a response to the supposed jihadists in the two countries we’ve fought in recently, […]Read More What do you stand for?