As I entered my property after shopping for groceries, I realized I entered with a different perspective of my home than I had when I would come home from work prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, I would come home thinking that I was entering a place of pure relaxation, free of transactions, when I … Continue reading Value of Leisure
I have particularly noted the number of people who use English as an additional language (EAL) with whom I interact for almost all my business outside the house. In the last month, I dealt with people from Sri Lanka, India, the Philippines, China, Nigeria, Hungary, and many more. They helped me deal with essential services … Continue reading 6 Leadership Tips for Effective Business Writing.
I would like to say a big THANK YOU! Thank you to all the supporters of me and of Ideals an Identities. I am moved to share this since it seems that my blog is now taking off after 4 years of working on it. I am so happy that thousands of people are now … Continue reading Thank you!
If barriers go up between the fans and the players, and the coverage becomes more empathetic, then the arena of basketball will happen in the media, and not in the stadium.
Our sins will keep coming back to us, i.e. our debts. Israel has a debt and continues to pile on more. Settler culture has a debt to the indigenous populations of Canada and continues not to acknowledge it. In both cases, there are also wrongs. For these wrongs, there is nothing that can be done to repair them. But for the debts, there can be.
In the following talk, given May 20, 2021, I was happy to share much of my research on Authenticity as a moral ideal, following the work of Charles Taylor. However, I find that Taylor's work is slightly unstructured. It takes the work of someone with more political training - Hannah Arendt - to provide the … Continue reading Recorded Public Talk: Authenticity in Times of Uncertainty
When I was in late elementary school, I sinned against my childhood friend, one of three close friends I had at the time. His father and my father were deans of the university in my hometown, but of different faculties. I had overheard a conversation my father had and the topic was his father. My … Continue reading A Remedy for Incongruence
When I lived in Korea from 2001 - 2006, I quickly made friends with a group of 5 other expats from a number of native English-speaking countries: Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand. We would often go out to a restaurant and eat pizza. In Korea, they put corn kernels on their pizza. In … Continue reading Inarticulate Authenticity
“Often I feel I go to some distant region of the world to be reminded of who I really am…Stripped of your ordinary surroundings, your friends, your daily routines…you are forced into direct experience [which] inevitably makes you aware of who it is that is having the experience.” Michael Crichton, Travels In the process of … Continue reading Living Abroad and Our Sense of Self
After the most unique, and commonly-experienced year in our lifetimes, the widespread experience of burnout is upon us. Like many people reading this, I also feel burned out. In my case, as a teacher and writer, my work exists as a constant pressure; it sits in my mind even when I shut off my computer. … Continue reading Unique Burnout; Unique Recovery