How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Be At Peace

Despite the fact that I have been exhausted for the past couple of weeks, I have, in general, been at peace with myself for several months now. You may not think that a person who fell from grace when they developed schizophrenia would be at peace. But I am. In fact, I’m more at peace than when I was an aspiring professor, a TA, an RA, making straight A’s in difficult courses, and so on.

When I was in academia, I was often surrounded by critical eyes and subjected to harsh judgements. Even though it may sound silly, I often thought: Am I too fat? Am I too ugly? Am I smart enough?

I don’t know that my standards have gone down at all. But I have learned that having ambition, being excellent in what one does, and having aspirations does not mean one has to be harshly critical and judgmental. I have, in short, been around a lot of assholes who cloak their asshole-ness in terms of being intellectual. I’m certainly not saying everyone I’ve met in academia is like this, but it’s been too many for me to say it’s just happenstance.

Part of this learning to be at peace, coming to terms with myself and accepting myself as I am has been a result of going to counseling. I have a very excellent counselor. She has taught me to be more in touch with my feeling and emotions while not giving up my brain.

The result is that I’ve been able to connect with people in ways I hadn’t been able to connect before. And this has often led to interesting intellectual conversations and connections.

These days, I’m interested in a lot of things. But one thing I’m interested in is quelling our desire for harsh competition, negativity, and harsh judgements and instead focusing on cooperation and care. I have found—and evidence shows—that cooperation, not competition, leads to more fruitful results, anyway.

Reasons For A Universal Basic Income

I ask people, “Would you like to win the lottery?”

They say, “Yes!”

I ask people if they support a UBI and they say, “But, but, but…”

There’s not a whole lot of difference, except a UBI would be about 800.00 per month (according to proposals I’ve read). Not millions of dollars.

It would allow you to stop hitting the snooze button and actually get some sleep. It would make companies compete for you–instead of you competing with other people.

There’s literally thousands of reasons to support a UBI.

Most people who support a UBI are simply against coercion and they think we are currently coerced into working. Others argue that technology is taking our jobs, anyway, and that automation will only increase, so why not have a UBI.

I personally think that uncoupling labor from money would be a good thing. People would be more free to develop their own unique skills and not have to develop skills for the labor market. It could totally transform what kind of people we are. (I think for the better.)

Of course, there are issues of poverty, as well. Currently, there’s a lot of inherited wealth in our country. It’s hard to climb up the ladder, especially if you are not an already well-to-do white male. With a UBI, extreme poverty could be almost virtually eliminated. And companies hire people, typically, with a certain pedigree. A UBI would make us more egalitarian in these respects.

UPDATE: If you’re one of those people who wants to know how we will pay for a UBI, it’s actually pretty simple. Tax meat. Tax pollution.

Yes, You Can Be A Non-Conservative Christian

Since coming out as a Christian, I’ve had people ask me, “What’s changed?” Do I still support gay rights? Am I all about sexual modesty now? Well, here’s the answer.

My belief is that there is a God. That’s a drastic change for me. I used to be a hardcore atheist. I also believe Jesus was divine.

The matters that concern folks who have come to me with questions are still intact. Yes, I support gay rights. No, I’m not a prude.

I was initially willing to change a lot of beliefs due to my conversion. But Christianity does not entail conservatism. Many people may think it does, but it doesn’t. Do I believe in God? Check! Do I think Jesus was divine? Check! That’s basically all one needs in order to be a Christian. Any more than that can be debated.

And, in those debates, I look to all kinds of sources. I may think the Bible is a holy book, but that doesn’t mean I won’t mix and mingle with thinkers, philosophers, rapscallions and whoever else may have a great idea. And, anyway, isn’t that what Jesus would do? Didn’t he mingle with rapscallions?

What I’ve also found is that many people who’ve asked me these questions haven’t even opened a Bible. I have. I may be just beginning, but I have indeed opened a Bible. What does the Bible say about these things? Well, there’s debate on that. Serious debate. And I follow the liberal interpretations.

There aren’t many churches that are liberal, I grant you that. And I am indeed liberal (or, probably, more of a socialist-communist, really). I am also fortunate enough to be surrounded by Christians who are sympathetic to my views.

So, there you have it. A non-conservative Christian.