Alpha Living

  • How To Face A World That Has No Boogeymen

    While on the patio of a favorite restaurant, having my wine and enjoying the rare sunshine that comes to these parts, I overheard a conversation among a group of three middle-aged men seated next to me. One...

    • Posted April 21, 2017
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  • How To Socialize As A Non-Believing Couple

    One of the most irritating things about people of faith is their presumption. They assume that nearly everyone they encounter believes as they do. While in conversation with a religious next door neighbor or colleague at work,...

    • Posted April 13, 2017
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  • Your Life—Not The Lives Of Others

    One of the worse illusions perpetrated by social media is that everyone is living a great life—except you. Posts announcing engagements, job promotions, and book contracts; selfies depicting exotic vacations, great parties, and joyful nights out; other...

    • Posted April 12, 2017
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  • How To Avoid Hypocrisy

    I find it nearly impossible nowadays to go more than two weeks without touching on some matter related to politics. Politics has always been a product of culture; but until recently the former has been mundane and...

    • Posted April 7, 2017
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  • How To Be A Tough-Minded Idealist

    The idealist is mocked and scorned, ignored and dismissed, called a dreamer, a silly-heart, an unrealistic, self-righteous ignoramus. He is, in short, not well-liked and not at all trusted. Ours is a cynical age. We live in...

    • Posted March 30, 2017
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  • Are You Playing Hard Enough?

    If you are really dedicated and passionate about your work, you can quite easily enslave yourself to it. Not wanting to miss a single email, text message, or Facebook post, you regularly spend the time you put...

    • Posted March 24, 2017
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  • Why Bullshit Matters

    The prevalence of bullshit is one of the most salient features of contemporary society. It is not a stretch to say that the election of Trump or someone like him was inevitable. The endless promotion and celebration...

    • Posted March 23, 2017
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  • Brexit Revisited—Again

    Well, they’ve done it. The Scottish government, led by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, has called for a second referendum on Scottish independence. The move came two days ago just as British Prime Minister Theresa May was set...

    • Posted March 16, 2017
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  • Drawing The Lines On Parental Interference

    Of all the relationships we form in our lives, the one with our parents is the most complex. It is the longest, and it can be at various times easy, joyful, difficult, or infuriating. The great problem...

    • Posted March 10, 2017
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  • What Being Political Means

    I talk politics—a lot. When in the company of family and friends and occasionally even strangers, I do not shy from raising objections to a hack, crushing some fool, or fulminating against a stupid, ill-considered, or unjust...

    • Posted February 23, 2017
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  • Coping With The Current Madness

    Brexit, Trump, a resurgent Russia, a collapsing Syria, mass murder in Paris, mass murder in Orlando—these are signs of a world going mad, or so they seem. The order of things, the comfortable familiarity of how the...

    • Posted February 16, 2017
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