Self-Sacrifice Does Not Mean Self-Hatred

I’ve written much lately about how ego sacrifice and transcendence is a common theme throughout religious history, and how overcoming this sense of “self” may be what all the religions are generally referring to in their highest and most exalting revelations and transformations of liberation, salvation, exaltation, awakening, and becoming One/Nondual with God, the Divine, the Transcendent, the Eternal, the Universe/Nature. This is even now being recognized as an effective therapeutic and true discovery process by scientists of the brain and psychology. Our sense of “self” may be the very source and cause of all of humanity’s suffering, estrangement, separation, division, fear, violence, etc. Continue reading “Self-Sacrifice Does Not Mean Self-Hatred”

Video: Harvard Buddhist Psychologist on the Constructed “Self”

I thought this short video was a beautiful summary and illustration of Buddhist philosophy from Dr. Daniel Brown, a Harvard Psychologist and Tibetan Buddhism scholar. I believe this philosophy may similarly be found in most of the world’s religions, framed in a multitude of different symbols. This is perennial wisdom. I’ll describe some of these further down. (Transcript under video.) Continue reading “Video: Harvard Buddhist Psychologist on the Constructed “Self””

A Meditation on Supply Chains and Adding Real Value in the World

For a long time I’ve been concerned and even worried about the many “middle men” between factories and consumers, and the costs that this incurs all along the way. As an industrial designer, I’ve seen it first-hand.

It seems suspect for goods that cost pennies to manufacture should be sold to the end consumer for sometimes 10-20 times their cost. A bottle of lotion, for example, might cost 30 cents to manufacture, but is sold at retail for $7. Is this a good thing? Continue reading “A Meditation on Supply Chains and Adding Real Value in the World”