Is having wonder in life necessary for meaning? And if so, why is it so underappreciated?
Maybe the Christian God is less concerned with etching the line between right and wrong in order to distribute points, and more concerned with rescuing people of all sexual orientations and identities through grace and for goodness.
Given how political the conversation has become in the last couple years, it’s easy for those disconnected from the LGBT community to drown in the stats and figures and forget how truly personal and individual the difficulties are.
Rather than acting out of a pervading sense of freedom in the options and opportunities in front of us, we become enslaved to what we believe others expect of us.
The way we perceive, understand and react to the world around us is completely dependent upon our emotions, our experiences (or lack thereof) and the fact that we can only get inside our own heads and not anyone else’s.
It’s a pretty simple concept: If you pretend to be confident and successful for long enough, you will eventually become confident and successful.
I never wanted to go to Stanford for college. I never wanted to go anywhere in particular. Of course I wanted to go to college, but I never had my heart set on a specific college.
But after a couple of days, there’s something about being away from school that makes me go stir-crazy.
I know many of us deal with feelings of shame and inadequacy on a very real level, but there was something about seeing the response of a seven-year-old, so vulnerable and uninhibited, that made the pain seem that much more visceral.
"There are two ways of getting home, and one of them is to stay there. The other is to walk round the whole world till we come back to the same place,” writes G.K. Chesterton, an early-20th century wizard of words, in the introduction to his book “The Everlasting Man.”
For most of my life, I’ve considered myself a product of a white, Southern Californian culture, stressing the “American” much more than “Asian-American.” He had very appropriately called me out for suddenly leaping onto the Linsanity bandwagon.
A lot can happen away from home, away from familiarity and security. The people around you don’t behave the same way, share the same beliefs or value the same things as the world to which you once belonged. It is a fascinating new world to freely explore or a menacing unknown to fear at every turn. In this sense, we are all nomads, pilgrims and wanderers, all on a voyage of discovery.
This column will be about telling that alternative story. I believe that with everything we do -- our actions, our conversations, our attitudes and our relationships -- we are all telling a story to the rest of the world about who we are, what we believe and what we value.
And this is the problem. We’ve been imprisoned within in a world of entitlement. Some fail to see the doors are locked. Others fail to see the bars at all. But we all, to some degree or another, have become slaves to our own sense of fairness and what we believe we deserve.
DO: Attend the campus-wide memorial for Gov’na this Monday Night at Yost. Please wear all black. (I don’t know if memorial gifts are a thing, but they will be gladly accepted.) DOO-DOO: Consume the people around you.
Today’s tip is guaranteed to make you cooler. Or maybe make you a hipster. Probably both.
DO: Google “Fred Armisen Commencement Speech.” DOO-DOO: Not watch the video that comes up.
Here’s this week’s hot advice! DO: Break the Stanford Bubble. DOO-DOO: Poop in someone else’s toilet...