Crime Rates & Mental Illness

News outlets and politicians are filling our Twitter timelines and Facebook pages with rhetoric about violent crime and mental health, so it is important to gather some facts. Where there is not hard statistics, there is correlating data. Correlation does not always equal causation, of course, but it makes for […]

Five Simple Ways To Change Your Life

Many people want to better themselves but find making changes difficult. There are all kinds of obstacles and excuses for not making the changes we know we need to make, but there are practical steps we can take to allow ourselves room to grow. 1. Thoughts Are Not Things. Recognize […]

Examples of Vice and Virtue

Breakfast cereal is an example of a delicious and sugary vice that is less harmful than many other vices. Merriam-Webster defines vice as: a moral depravity or corruption, a moral fault or failing, a habitual and usually trivial defect or shortcoming. A vice that is commonly referred to is smoking […]

What Is Collectivism?

Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel Brave New World is a collectivist nightmare. Collectivism, at its furthest extreme, strips an individual of his or her autonomy. At its most basic level, it is the prioritization of the group over the individual. In a sense, humans do indeed belong to one another. We […]

What Is Active Listening?

I once had a meeting with someone whom I greatly respected. I was feeling down and out, stressed, and just looking to get a little advice. The first thing this person did when we arrived to our table at an agreed upon coffee shop? He checked his phone, noted the […]