Belief, and the Leap to Faith: NOT one and the same 

I have had recent events in my life happen, that did not shake my Faith, but merely strengthened it; while I saw the same exact events unfold in the eyes of others, and leave their Beliefs shaken... Leading me to the contemplation that BELIEF and FAITH are two different things, and then it reminded me of reading the Philosopher Soren Kierkegaard whom contemplated this very subject; so why re-invent the wheel? What is the "leap of faith" according to the Philosopher Kierkegaard? Soren Kierkegaard's (who…

Duty vs. Rights 


“We become Just, by doing Just acts; Temperate, by doing Temperate acts,” –Aristotle.

In Human Rights, according to H.J. McCloskey, a right may be an entitlement to do, to enjoy, to demand, to have done for us. Rights may be to act, to exist,or to demand. He went on to describe duties, as something negative, imposed on another, and that cannot be denied, if in fact, the another individual has a valid right under his claim. In this way, Rights and Duty are forever entwined always to impose on one…

IS it true that we OUGHT to seek reason? 




David Hume stated that there are fundamental differences between Moral arguments and other kinds or arguments. The IS/OUGHT conundrum. This theory can be best broken down like this...  Rational Argument: All women are mortal. Krys is a woman. Therefore Krys IS Mortal. Moral Argument: Seeing a woman get robbed is frustrating. Robbery is against the Law. It is wrong to Rob People, therefore we OUGHT not to Rob each other. A  statement using IS, can be considered a description of the world. A fact that…

The Golden Truth: Nature's Harmony 



As human beings, we appropriate the EGO to the driver's seat, while we relegate our built-in sense of collaborative or biological altruistic imperative to a standby witness, at best. As proof, there are immaculate examples of the ability to override this function, by what we perceive as humans to be extraordinary beings like Socrates, Copernicus, Leonardo DaVincci, Mozart, Mother Teresa, Gandhi, Einstein, Tesla, etc. All of these individuals felt like they were part of a ‘collective consciousness'…

Morality, Ethics, & Dr.Death 


“We become Just, by doing Just acts; Temperate, by doing Temperate acts.”  –Aristotle.
These are potent words that echo in my mind while pondering the meditation at hand. I have read Aristotle and Plato (among others) extensively since I was a child, as my family has always had an inclination for philosophical studies, both in the Western and Indigenous realms. The question here is how we address the possibility of fitting virtue ethics into a consequentialist frame of mind, and what factors would be…

Can HUMANITY learn from Slime Mold? 


        How can one subscribe to the notion that slime mold may contain any intelligence; henceforth any that we can learn from? First, you have to determine the knowledge of the mold in question. This mold can solve mazes, and find the shortest and most efficient ways to the do so. In laboratory studies, physarum polycephalum (slime mold) has been found to exhibit significant cognitive functions including amazing capabilities to remember, learn, and problem-solve in efficiency (TED Talk: Heather…

Human Compassion & the Spirit 


No matter what spiritual path or belief you follow, one of the major vitues in the practice is Human Compassion. Perhaps it is because we witness so much suffering around us, maybe there is an innate need to reach out. But the most important thing of all is to primarily UNDERSTAND the meaning of Compassion, and then once understood putting it into practice is another challenge all together! In my personal examination on this subject, I have come to find that interpretations are many, and explanations are…

The Mind & the Collective Unconscious 


It was late at night on a Wednesday, my eyes were red and burning, from staying up and staring at the screen all day. I had spent many hours writing technical reports, and intensely using both right and left sides of my brain, to function effectively in my grant and program writing evaluations. I decided to take a break and watch something banal, in order to distract my  mind. Usually I go for something dramatic, scary, or filled with intrigue, so that I can get drawn in and ultimately distracted from…

Religion vs. Spirituality 

What is the difference, between Religion and Spirituality? 


     As a woman of mixed ethnicities and cultures, it is not hard to place both hats atop my head, after all I was raised under Native American faith, and then moved to Mexico, where I was converted and raised in Catholicism, until the age of 12. I returned to my Mother's Native American spirituality at age 13. On my father's side mostly everyone is driven by logic, reason, and empirical science. The family, though not atheist, delving into…

Persona. Personality, and Human Nature. 


One of the main components of the self is in knowing where one part of you ends and another begins. Parts, you ask? Yes, parts.
The self has multiple parts. We all develop many facets as we grow, and, of course, our whole is always greater than the sum of our parts. We develop personas as we encounter situations, events, places, people, and experiences. Think of the avatar on your social media page that reflects your mood or the “game face” you put on before a meeting or a visit with family. These are…

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