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?
In Season 2, Episode 1, of History Channel’s amazing series Vikings, Rollo is shamed and plans to run away. He is packing his things for leaving when Siggy enters the room and talks to him, reminding him of what it is to be a viking. When I first watched that a couple of years ago, […]Read More Where to? What’s Next?