Coffee La Dueña

I have recently been buying this brand of coffee which surprises me with every delicious cup. I was so impressed with how delicious it was that I researched it, in true Cassandra fashion. The story behind the coffee is even more surprising. Read about this coffee guys, it’s amazing.

Truth and Death

I could spend time talking about this quote, but I’d rather let it speak for itself.

“Of course you’re there. Death is always there. So why was I afraid? Your leap is swift. Your claws are sharp and merciful. What can you take from me which is not already yours? Everything I have done until now has been fruitless. It has led to nothing. There was no other path except that it led to nothing — and before me now there is only one real fact — Death. The truth I have been seeking — this truth is Death. Yet Death is also a seeker. Forever seeking me. So — we have met at last. And I am prepared. I am at peace. Because I will conquer death with death.”

– Cord, the protagonist of the unproduced film The Silent Flute written by Bruce Lee

In The Dust Of This Planet

In this fascinating edition of Radiolab, Jad discusses the interesting interplay between Nihilism and Pop Culture and how these tendencies help shape our image of “cool” throughout the ages. Endlessly thought provoking, this podcast really informs and entertains one of the hardest philosophical thoughts of all time: Is Life Meaningless?

Someone might say,
“Look, this is new,”
but really it has always been here.
It was here before we were.
11 People don’t remember what happened long ago, and in the future people will not remember what happens now.
-ECC 1:10-11

This American Life – Three Miles

What can I say about this piece? This is an absolutely gripping piece of radio storytelling that sheds some much needed light on wealth disparity in our education system. The themes hit hard, and the story of these kids always hovers somewhere in the back of my mind. I guess the only thing I can say is… I’m sorry. This listen won’t be enjoyable.

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. – Thomas Jefferson

Every Tear You Cry

If you had the chance to read yesterday’s post, then you learned about one evolutionary philosophy about crying. It really pairs well, then, to read about how our tears are linked to the ocean, to our environment, and to the world.

We are inextricably tied to the oceans in ways we often don’t consider. As science journalist Alanna Mitchell has written:  “Every tear you cry … ends up back in the ocean system. Every third molecule of carbon dioxide you exhale is absorbed into the ocean. Every second breath you take comes from the oxygen produced by plankton

Alanna Mitchell


Photo Credits: waterman75


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The Comedy of The Commons

The tragedy of the commons is a lie told from the perspective of a corporation. If it were told by a human it would look more like this:

An oak tree might be in the commons. Its shade, in summer, is reserved for the shepherd and his flock; its acorns are reserved for the pigs of the neighboring peasants; its dry branches serve as fuel for the widows of the village; some of its fresh twigs in springtime are cut as ornaments for the church – and at sunset it might be the place for the village assembly.
When people spoke about commons, iriai, they designated an aspect of the environment that was limited, that was necessary for the community’s survival, that was necessary for different groups in different ways, but which, in a strictly economic sense, was not perceived as scarce.

– Ivan Illich

I highly suggest giving the whole article a read for more necessary context of Ivan Illich’s view on silence, democracy, and political ecology. It will add a wealth of perspective to several of my articles, as well as to your daily life.


Photo Credits: shade trees by Chip Tait


If you like what you read, feel free to share. Basic Rules: Be civil. We are all people and deserve respect. That’s a hard and fast rule, by the way, it is not optional. Other than that, anything goes.