A Puff of Absurdity: On the Philosophy of Mr. Money Moustache

A friend pointed me towards this podcast in which Tim Ferriss interviews Mr. Money Moustache (MMM), a man who retired from work in his 30s to live on the interest from his investments and then got a significant following as a blogger. The podcast describes the kind of life I’ve tried to live (except for ...

A Puff of Absurdity: On Justified Worry

I’m going to be writing more personally for a bit. I have a lot to get off my chest. Literally. I’m getting a double mastectomy today and an oophorectomy for good measure (which sounds to me like something Willy Wonka might do), because I have all the fancy genes that make my body a ticking ...

A Puff of Absurdity: On Feelings

I was thinking about the fact discussed here that we only started acknowledging feelings as something to be concerned with or a measure of well-being when soldiers returned from WWII, a good half of them with shell shock. Freud had us actually ask people about what’s going on in their heads, and this basic technique is ...

A Puff of Absurdity: On Feelings

I was thinking about the fact discussed here that we only started acknowledging feelings as something to be concerned with or a measure of well-being when soldiers returned from WWII, a good half of them with shell shock. Freud had us actually ask people about what’s going on in their heads, and this basic technique is ...

A Puff of Absurdity: On Achievement and Death and Stuff

First, a bit about boredom: “Boredom may lead you to anything. After all, boredom even sets one to sticking gold pins into people…one may choose what is contrary to one’s own interest…one’s own fancy, however wild it may be…desire what is injurious to himself, what is stupid, very stupid – simply in order to have ...

A Puff of Absurdity: The Moral Imperative of Revolt

I prefer Hedges’ subtitle to his title, Wages of Rebellion, but this post isn’t about him per se.  Morally, we have to revolt against this corrupt system – like when the workers in Rome all walked out in a series of secessions (it doesn’t always take the first time), or when the Barons and peasants ...

Dead Wild Roses: Epicurus – The 3 Secrets to a Happy Life?

I knew there was a reason to give Philosophy another go. 🙂   Filed under: Philosophy Tagged: Epicurus, Happiness, Philosophy

A Puff of Absurdity: On John Stuart Mill, Free Speech, and Climate Change

I got caught up in a few arguments about climate change recently that just reinforced to me, that there’s still such a strong bashlash against the entire idea that we’re unlikely to move forward quickly enough to be effective. Paper is trees! My school board is fundraising for the Philippines, and I’m totally on board ...

A Puff of Absurdity: Faith that the End is Near

In today’s G&M, Jared Bland writes from a perspective I’ve been taking lately as well. “Despite seeming reasonable in other areas of my life, I believe that we are quite likely living in or near the fabled end times….[I]t’s becoming easier and easier to feel that the shadow hanging over us isn’t just another massive ...

A Puff of Absurdity: Humans: Too Invasive or Too Compassionate to Survive

In my last post, and elsewhere over the years, I went all Agent Smith and suggested that humans are a virus that can’t be contained. All other animals work within their environment to regulate their population.  As long as people don’t mess things up by moving animals around (like bringing rabbits to Australia where they have ...