Category: The Meaning of Life: 42, and other thoughts

82) A pandemic a day keeps everyone away. But it also might bring us together.

Many of us feel that ‘things are changing’.  Like, something is awakening in human consciousness.  Or in our collective spirit.  Or something…something….  But SOMETHING is happening.  People are gaining insights into their vulnerability, right?  Into our collective interdependence.  Into the sheer, unavoidable fact that when the shit really hits the fan and people are scared…

79) Magic, Motorcycles, and Mandelbrot: Part 3 – Mandelbrot

Then along comes Mandelbrot.  Fractals.  Complex dynamic systems.  Feedback loops.  Self-organization.  Resilience.  Perturbations.  Multi-leveled thinking.  Holonarchies.  Cybernetics.  Nonlinearity.    And your world changes.  If you have gone through this learning curve, then you know, and I know that you know, that you think differently as a result.  (Unless yahyah, you’re a super-genius and you were…

78) Magic, Motorcycles, and Mandelbrot: Part 2 – Motorcycles

If you’ve never experienced the full, bird-like ecstasy of cruising down back roads on a sweet bike, then you’re gonna have to find your own metaphor for ego + pleasure + control + domination + scientific materialism + technology + adrenaline + Good Times.  For me, “motorcycle” works fine.   As a teenager, around when…

77) Magic, Motorcycles, and Mandelbrot: Part 1 – Magic

“Magic, Motorcycles, and Mandelbrot” This is the tagline to my blog.  It’s a TERRIBLE tagline from a marketing perspective.  I do know that.  It’s almost like I’m hoping people WON’T come and read my blog, b/c you show up for the first time to check out this Dan Dolderman guy, you take a look and…

73) Dear Ancestors,

For most of my life, I have wondered what I would pass on to future generations.  Would I leave a legacy for my descendants to feel proud of?  Would I have my picture in textbooks that kids would study someday?  Would I be some “important figure in history”?  Would I write a song that people…

72) Purpose — Part 4 — In Between

“Purpose” seems to involve a lot of striving, searching, tearing down, opening up, trying, growing.  It seems to involve a lot of self, of authenticity and humility, vulnerability and trust.  And it seems to involve a lot of “other”, of succumbing to fear or of reaching out in love.   These are all stepping stones. …

71) Purpose — Part 3 — I hate you.

(Trigger Warning: all the triggers, seriously, don’t read this if you are not prepared to be upset.) If I met you on the street, or at a party, or in a class, or at a job, there is a very, very, very good chance that we would get along just fine.  Or at least would…

70) Purpose — Part 2 — Why the Environmental Movement has Failed (so far) — Act III: Full Circle

The Environmental Movement HAS failed. Not entirely, of course. Changes have been made. Ideas have been planted and taken root. Species have been protected. Legislation has been passed. Global movements have arisen. But we have still failed. Because after all the progress, the passion, the tear gas, the signs and chants and songs and sit-ins…

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