I previously wrote about certain people who claim to be Native American but are not. Native Americans, of course, know there are “Wannabe Indians.” Somehow, everyone has a Cherokee great-grandmother and thus claim to be Native. I never claimed to be Native, so I don’t know the kind of grilling, if you can call it … Read more“Who’s Your Family?”: How To Find Out Who Is And Who Is Not Native
There’s a strange trend, if you can call it a trend. There’s been people who, for whatever reason, claim to be Native American but are not inside of academia. I’ve read about them. Two of them are Ward Churchill and Andrea Smith. I am acquainted with their work, which you can judge for itself. I … Read moreLying About Being Native In Academia: The Cases Of Ward Churchill And Andrea Smith
I’m Euroamerican. There’s no way, currently, that I can become a citizen of a tribal nation. (Unless I’m granted “honorary citizenship,” which is highly unlikely.) That’s totally fine with me. I don’t need to become the citizen of a tribal nation. Back in the day, the United States assumed control over tribal citizenship. It was … Read moreOn Tribal Citizenship
In Evangelical churches, especially, and among people on the Right, there’s a sense that we should be blindly patriotic. It’s not that I want the United States to come crashing down. It’s that I want what’s just. And if that means some Native American Nations form their own independent nations–wholly separate from the U.S.–I’m fine … Read moreI Contend That I’m The Patriot
It’s Father’s Day 2018. And I thought it would be apt to share a story with you about my father. It’s about breaking bread together. It’s about good intentions. It’s about building bonds. It’s, ultimately, about love. My father wasn’t perfect. I mean, who is? But he lived an interesting life. Before I was born, … Read moreRemembering My Father On Father’s Day
I’ve seen a few things on Native issues go viral lately. So let’s make this go viral: Current ways the United States is oppressing Native Nations. I don’t mean wannabe Indians, cultural appropriation by white people or mere historic ways America oppressed Native Americans. I mean current ways by the U.S. government. Things that are … Read moreCurrent Ways The U.S. Is Oppressing Native Nations
I spent a good deal of time this evening talking to my family about the common phrase these days “It is what it is.” People in my family had differing views about both what the phrase means and whether they like it. I used to dislike the phrase “It is what it is.” If you … Read moreIt Is What It Is: The Real Modern Stoic Philosophy
Back in grad school, I had to read the paper Superseding Historic Injustice by Jeremy Waldron. Many people in my class felt off the hook when it came to injustices after that paper. And some of them mentioned injustice toward Native Americans. Others (like Steve Russell, in Sequoyah Rising) have taken Waldron to task. For … Read moreFor Native Americans, The Injustice Is Not Historic
My government, the United States, is a colonial government. Period. End of story. I was born here and through friendship, love and learning realized I occupy a colonizer space in life. Funny how. I know much of the history of colonialism. And I know that in order to gain liberation, colonized people often protest, have … Read moreI Don’t Want Native Americans To Fight For Their Rights
Author’s Note (6/14/2018):This thesis has cause me a lot of trouble–mostly, I think, at this point, trouble in my own mind. Since writing it I have been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Even though this thesis is now over 10 years old, it lurks in the back of my mind as one of the most subversive things … Read moreJ. LAWSON THESIS (Stetson University, 2004, Citations Omitted): “The More Freely He Breathes: Colonialism In The United States”
I was told recently by someone that I need a “safe space.” This was said in a negative way–as if having a haven is a bad thing. This person, of course, is a Trump supporter and was acting very hateful to me. They probably have nothing but good things to say about the current policy … Read moreOn “Safe Spaces”
Lately, I’ve been mixing personal stories and experiences into my philosophical writing. That’s no accident. I finally feel, when doing this, authentic in my writing and thinking. (Instead of pretending I have thoughts, feelings and insights that come, dislocated, from nowhere.) The personal has always been the philosophical for me. I know, I know. We … Read moreThe Personal Is The Philosophical
You could say I come from a failed history, both personally and intellectually. Personally, I failed at many things. But I want to talk more about the intellectual failings. The times “my guys” didn’t win. Throughout our dismal western history, there have been a few shining lights. I want to talk about two of them: … Read moreIn Praise Of The Minority View
As I’ve said, I’ve been on a journey. In this journey, I’ve come to have a more whole self–a self that is no longer fractured between the cognitive and the emotional. We–whoever “we” are–tend to privilege the cognitive aspects of ourselves over emotion. Somewhere in western history, we decided emotions were inferior to reason. I’ve … Read morePutting Emotions In Their Place
My counselor says she doesn’t have the wisdom to do what she does. Any wisdom she may have, she says, comes from God. Well, wherever her wisdom comes from, it’s there for sure. She and I have discussed interpersonal conflict. I’ve had a negative view of conflict in the past. I’m sure many people do. … Read moreBumping Into Another: The Joy Of Conflict
American, Canada and Australia have worldview blood on their hands. Yes, they have literal blood, but, worse, they have worldview blood on their hands. Each country stole Indigenous from their families and placed them in boarding schools. While there, they were beaten for speaking their Native tongue, forced to dress “western,” abused in many ways, … Read moreOn Killing The Indian And Saving The Man
I’m not and expert on Christianity. Last year, I did some serious studies and even applied to Divinity School (which I can’t do for personal reasons). But, still, I’m not an expert. However, I’ve come across some Christians who apparently think that being devout means they have to be a doormat. “Forgiveness” is often preached. … Read moreI’m Pretty Sure God Doesn’t Want You To Be A Doormat
That’s a question I used to ask people way back in undergrad. It seemed to me that these two things were in conflict; that it’s hard for both to exist in a person at the same time. And, at the time, I guess I chose smart. (But I wanted both!) Well, the years have rolled … Read moreWould You Rather Be Smart Or Good?
That quote is from Marcus Aurelius. It may be true in fact, but in reality, it may be more complex. Anywhere you live, you can be a good person. However, it’s known that under certain conditions, it’s harder to be a good person. For example, it may be harder to be a good person under … Read more“Anywhere you can lead your life, you can lead a good one.”
There’s been some books that have come out over the past few years on implicit bias. I’ve really wanted to read them but haven’t. If anything I write here is in them, I’d be surprised, but happy. It means I’ve struck upon a good idea. As I was lying in bed, like Descartes, tonight, I … Read moreToward A Value Theory Of Implicit Bias
I want to share an image I found online: I like this quote. I like the image. Many people have noted that the break down of our sense of truth is a red flag that could lead to fascism in the United States. Believing in truth is one good way to fight fascism. I still … Read moreYou Don’t Have To Be A Platonist To Believe In Truth (And Fight Fascism!)
We live in a fast-paced world. Delivering results quickly is rewarded. Well, friends, I work better slowly. I’m not a paid philosopher–something another unpaid philosopher told me might be more like sophistry when you think about it. But I’ve been doing a bit of philosophy lately here on the blog. I don’t invest time doing … Read moreOn Taking It Slow: My Way Of Doing Philosophy
I’ve been reflecting on evil a lot these days. I’ve mentioned that I’ve met some evil people. I don’t want to come off as too high and mighty, though. I have my flaws. In fact, it’s only been through personal growth and development that I’ve been able to have insights about others. I’ve written about … Read moreWhat Kind Of Jerk Was I?
I live with the diagnosis of schizophrenia. Many, many people think of this as a very serious illness. And I’m not saying I don’t have struggles. I do. However, many lay people think they know what’s going on in psychiatry. And, unfortunately, they think meds are a cure-all. So let me set the record straight … Read more“I Take My Meds To Make You Feel Better”
I used to think of weakness of will as a pleasant, little philosophical problem. I thought, “Hey, this is interesting. Most of us are weak willed. Now, let’s play around with definitions and obscure philosophical problems about it.” In fact, in grad school I presented a view on weakness of will that I don’t really … Read moreWeakness Of Will And The Problem Of Evil
I’ve been a feminist all my life. I’ve also dealt with sexism all my life. So it’s no wonder I’d be a feminist. For some men, feminism is hard to understand. But then, most of those people have never delved into feminist theory or tried to even understand a feminist perspective. I’m at the point … Read moreIncels: Why I Ignore Them
Anthony Bourdain died by suicide recently. He has been hailed all over the world by many different people. He brought the far corners of the world to our living rooms. You may aspire to travel like him. Some, like Mark Twain, have even argued that travel is perhaps the only way to dissolve bigotry and … Read moreIf You Can’t Travel The World, Travel Your Neighborhood
There’s some iffy thinking floating around. For example, I came across this statement today: “To all the snowflakes who say Trump is not your president….who is? Trump IS your president. Too bad!!!!” Well, first of all, it is of course ad hominem to call people “snowflakes.” This is an obvious attempt to denigrate people–and that’s … Read moreWhen I Say “Trump Is Not My President”
Bernard Williams famously argued we need to bring back old words from virtue ethics. We need, in other words, concepts and language that is nuanced and textured to fill the sparse philosophical void we have. I agreed when I came across this argument. But I agreed even more when I was doing some reading from … Read moreThe Most Tranquil Country On Earth?
The past several years have been a long, hard journey for me. I went from “having it all” to having, basically, nothing–sometimes, not even my own mind. While on this journey, I’ve been abused, forcibly hospitalized, gone to jail (Yep! Many people with my diagnosis do, unfortunately!) and have tried many different “treatments” to “cure” … Read moreWhen Stoic Calm Meets Evil
I have wealth that doesn’t dissipate. I have wealth you cannot take away from me and cannot be depleted. I have a college education. Even though most people who have college degrees tend to make more money than people who don’t (Yup–it’s true!), I don’t want to focus on that. Because focusing on that is … Read moreThe Value Of A College Education
A lot of people who know me know I’ve been an active follower of Stoicism in the past. I’m less so now–because of what modern Stoicism has become. However, I do still follow along with texts and quotes from Stoicism that enlighten and nourish me. There’s been a couple of quotes I’ve come across recently … Read moreOn Giving And Receiving Help
I know of people who are in unions. One of the sayings related to one such union is “The Strength of the Wolf is in the Pack.” Even though I live in the South, where unions aren’t as strong, the people who are in unions receive higher pay, better benefits and a safer working environment … Read moreThe Strength Of The Wolf Is In The Pack: Life Lessons From Unions
I decided a while back to stop blogging. Well, I’ve changed my mind. I want to document some changes in me and my worldview. Since I stopped blogging and relieved myself of some toxic relationships, I’ve had a series of insights. I’ve gone on, one could say, a vision quest, where I’ve not only gained … Read moreI’m Back, With A Different Worldview
Dear Reader, I do not intend to write more at this blog. This has been an outlet for me, at times, to try on different hats, explore ideas and practice writing–a hobby of mine. But it’s time to say farewell. These days, there’s just too much I need to take care of in my life … Read moreHere Lies My Blog
This is my blog. The rest of this website is my e-portfolio. I made it several years ago. You can browse around and see my various, mostly professional, accomplishments. At this point in my life, the portfolio part seems to be a relic of what I once was. Around 2008, I had my first psychotic … Read moreThis Portfolio Is a Relic Of What I Once Was
There’s been talk recently about the idea of guaranteed jobs. The idea is that anyone who wants a job is, well, guaranteed one. This idea has been floated by many on both sides of the political spectrum. It’s even proposed by a philosopher who is running for Congress. On one hand, I think, well, we … Read morePoll: Guaranteed Jobs
Lately, I’ve been thinking about money. And I’ve been thinking about working. As readers know, I tried working last month. It turned out really bad for me. But as kids graduate high school and college this time of year and they start turning to the job market, I’ve began really thinking about whether it’s even … Read moreShe Works Hard For The Money
I just got off the phone with Social Security to report that I have stopped working. Some people in my life know that last month, April, I tried to work. And I really tried. I ended up in bed for a week and a half. Utterly exhausted, I wasn’t showering or brushing my teeth and … Read moreI Gave It My Best Shot
That’s right! I’ve lost 18 pounds. That puts me at my first goal in weight loss, so I bought myself a new dress.
Florida has the third highest rate of homelessness in the United States. About 40% of people who experience homelessness have a disability. There are some things available for people who experience housing insecurity, but not a whole lot to help people get on their feet. There’s not many places that will offer a home outright … Read moreHousing Insecurity In Florida: A Proposed Solution
You can follow us at Housing Initiative of Florida in many ways now. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Here’s one of our first videos. Keep in mind, I’m a novice at YouTubing.
I specialized in ethics when I studied philosophy. There’s many aspects of ethics and one of them is adequate housing. I’ve recently written about housing here. It’s not an issue I’ve covered a lot on my blog, but it’s an issue I’ve discussed elsewhere quite a bit. As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, NPR did a yearlong … Read moreHousing First and Housing Initiative of Florida
If you happen to live in a safe and secure home, you’re incredibly lucky. For millions of people, it’s just not possible. People with disabilities, battered and abused women and children, people with substance abuse disorders–they all, typically, struggle with finding a place to live, let alone a home of their own. I grew up … Read moreHelp End The Affordable Housing Crisis
It’s estimated that about 7 million jobs will be lost due to automation over the next 10 years. Many of these jobs are cashier and general retail jobs. Already, Walmart has stores that are completely cashier-free. The savings in having automation is partly what drives these advances. Many people worry about lost jobs. And the … Read moreWhy UBI Should Become A Key Issue For Political Platforms
We expect artificial intelligence (AI) to be smart. We may even expect it to be smarter than us. Technology, after all, has an aura of intelligence around it in general and AI, perhaps, even more so. I want to examine some of the underlying normative aspects applied to AI. In particular, I want to ask: … Read moreSome Normative Reflections on AI
I’m going to share with you some things that have been kept quiet in my family for many years. It starts with my first memory. My first memory is of my dad beating my mom. It’s a sad memory and I’ve rarely told it to many people. I can still see my mom, in desperation, … Read moreTranscending My First Memory
This blog is my personal blog. It’s in no way a professional blog. This is where I try out ideas, post more personal things and try on different hats. If you’d like to see my more professional work, I encourage you to check out my posts at the Florida Student Philosophy Blog. I hope you … Read moreA Note About This Blog
This morning I weighed myself, like I usually do, and noticed I dropped a couple more pounds. I’m not stressing over my weight. It’s a different game this time around. And it’s starting to flow naturally.
Great news! Some of M.C. Escher’s work will be in the Museum of Art, DeLand! I plan on going to see it!
A while back, I went to my favorite bookstore in DeLand, Florida. There, I got the book Logic and Philosophy: A Modern Introduction. Even though I don’t teach logic anymore, it’s important to keep up the skills. This little textbook has exercises to do to keep me sharp. I work logic problems throughout the week. … Read moreOn Logic and My Favorite Bookstore