Author: dandolderman

115) Dealing with the Devil:  Adventures in parenting, Part 3 – Philosophizing with Asmodeus

“It’s like a game, Siskenet.  You like games?”  After a pause, reluctantly, Siskenet nodded. “Right, so if you want a really excellent, super-satisfying game, what has to happen?” Siskenet answered right away.  “You have to win?” The man laughed heartily, holding his belly.  “Well,” he sniffed, wiping his eyes, “that does help.”  He blew his…

114) Dealing with the Devil:  Adventures in parenting, Part 2 – Asmodeus and Siskenet

Siskenet glanced sideways at Faeruz, hoping for a signal, a suggestion, anything helpful at all.   Faeruz, unfortunately, was staring ahead, blank, as if in shock.  Which made sense.  They were, after all, being interrogated by a very large, terrifying, horned creature; an actual Demon, from the actual Hells. And not just one.  This one,…

111) From Shitty-ness to Well-ness, Part 5: What Backlash can teach us about ourselves

Backlash, as we were discussing, is a major impediment to healing.  I believe the technical term is “pain in the ass.”  Backlash causes so much bloody suffering, causes us to perpetuate our own misery, undermine our goals, mess up our relationships, underperform in our careers, neglect our health, and transmit our dysfunctions onto the next…

110) From Shitty-ness to Well-ness, Part 4: Healing, when you hate yourself, think you don’t deserve it, want to die, believe it’s impossible anyway, avoid doing what you most need, and constantly sabotage yourself

When you start to turn towards “healing”, you will very likely experience a backlash.  Probably lots of backlashes.  You and Mr/Ms Backlash are going to become really great friends, in fact.  But first, you’re going to be enemies.  Epic enemies.  Like, Avengers vs. Thanatos kind of epic.  Sparta vs. Xerxes.  The Boston Bruins vs. Montreal…

108) War, Part 4: Solutions?

It seems to me that war stops only when one of two conditions are met.  Neither of these conditions are very likely, or easy.  They are definitely easy to critique, easy to dismiss.  But the alternative, as we discussed previously, is more war in a world, bristling with weapons, poised on the brink of global…

107) War, Part 3: The 21st Century

Now, in the 21st century, we can’t afford this tragic spectacle of war and obedience to the power-seekers, anymore.  The future cannot be determined by the despots.  The stakes are just too damn high.  I mean, they always were; the cost of human suffering is incalculable.  But now, it’s incalculable to the power of incalculable.…

106) War, Part 2: Hate and Heroism

History can seem so clean and simple, when we look at it through the lens of the narrative we prefer.  Usually, that narrative involves Us, our people, our nation, “people like us”, being the Good Guys, the reasonable ones, the honourable ones, prevailing over Them, “those people”, those non-allied nations, “people not like us”, being…

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