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Shaolin student, Zen practitioner, Agile enthusiast, an atheist who’s nostalgic for his Christian days, losing sleep over the state of democracy

He never said greed was good; Michael Douglas did.

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Capitalism gets a bad rap nowadays.

I get it. The top 1% have embroiled themselves in a pitiful space race while much of the world struggles to pay rent. We now have more than enough food to feed 10 billion people, yet children are still starving.

Worst yet, capitalism seems…

Trump’s hyperreality has turned the world of “worked” politics into a “shoot.”

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About a month ago, the Republican-led senate of Arizona completed an audit of the ballots cast in Maricopa County and concluded that Joe Biden had (indeed) won more votes than Donald Trump.

The results of the audit were not surprising. …

The Divine Satire

Can Donald Trump out-lie the Prince of Lies?

Donald Trump squaring off against the Devil in a comedic battle in Hell.
Created by the author

What you’re about to read is fiction, although I fear some on the internet will circulate this story as part of their religious doctrine. If you’re a member of QAnon, you probably believe something like this already. (Whatever, I tried.)

On the day Donald Trump dies, he descends into Hell…

How a critical reading of Sodom and Gomorrah can help us make sense of the pandemic

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In the first few months of the coronavirus pandemic, my Facebook wall became flooded with religious-themed messages calling for their readers to make peace with God.

My friends were far from alone. Around the same time, Pennsylvania lawmaker Stephanie Borowicz called for a statewide day of atonement. Cleveland evangelist Perry…

Comic drawn by the author. Background by Thomas Ulrich from Pixabay.

What you don’t see behind closed doors

Is Good Friday mass with Jesus awkward?

Adapted by the author. Sources by Thomas B. from Pixabay and Ryan McGuire from Pixabay

Even though I’m an atheist, I often prescribe to the mantra, WWJD — what would Jesus do. The Nazarene, at least the version of Him taught to me by my Catholic school teachers, remains one of the most inspiring figures in my life.

He’s just like Keanu Reeves, but He

Politics

Sun Tzu would’ve been ashamed.

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20 years. $2 trillion spent. 2300 allied military deaths. 241,000 Afghans and Pakistanis dead.

So how did America’s campaign against the Taliban end in such a disaster? A few sayings from Sun Tzu’s Art of War can glean some insight.

America Had No Endgame

“Now the general who wins a battle makes many calculations…

Politics

How a dose of eastern philosophy can reduce the tribalism in western politics.

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I started writing on this platform out of fear.

For nearly a decade, I worried that we’re living through the death of the Pax Americana. The eight years of the Obama presidency reminded me of the Roman Republic’s slow demise. …

Why did Moses write about his own death but Jesus wouldn’t write about His resurrection?

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I haven’t always been a smart-ass.

I’ve become that way when I care about something too deeply and think about it too often. …

“Scaredy-cat” and other sayings that are microaggressions

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Dear human,

Given that you habitually babble at me with the same intonations you reserve for your two-year-old larva, I must inform you that I’m perfectly capable of processing your English tongue.

I choose to limit my oral expressions to meows, purrs, and hisses because I hold myself to a…

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