Living to Learn

Why bother? Anyone who has ever been seriously depressed has confronted a question like this. What does life offer in exchange for all the pain, disappointment, betrayal, and loss? Why endure such suffering? Every spiritual tradition attempts to provide answers. … Continue reading

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Ahimsa

Fourteen years ago my mind broke, though I prefer to say it broke open. In my nearly five hundred WillSpirit essays, I’ve often discussed that mental shattering. As its fourteenth anniversary approaches, I find myself living the consequences in the … Continue reading

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The Tyranny of Self

In one of those strange and common coincidences, after completing the last post about altruism I came across someone else’s discussion of the exact same issue. The late Carl Sagan and his wife, Ann Druyan, published Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors … Continue reading

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The Nature of Altruism

Evolutionary biologists question whether true altruism exists in nature. If most natural selection operates on the level of individual fitness, as is generally believed, it is difficult to see how genes for self-sacrifice could survive. If you give up ┬áresources … Continue reading

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