#TheExaminedLife in practice

So what if one starts to “question everything” and to “think for yourself”?

How do you stay mentally healthy and keep effectively pursuing joy?

I will look at these steps:

1) look at the way the individuals and groups that form your intimate and social circles affect you.

2) begin…

If the unexamined life is not worth living, why not?

The unexamined life is a life where a person is carried along by their appetites and their caregivers, internalizing the values others teach that person through their need for food, shelter, safety, a sense of purpose, and a sense of…

In the very early 1800s, when Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa were still the wild west, a young Native American maiden named Maw Waiquoi woke up from her sleep having dreamt of the handsome white man she had encountered near the trappers’ settlement near her village. The men there were mostly…

On August 1st and 2nd, 1832, we killed babies and women and children and weak old men, after the Sac Indian leaders (Black Hawk and a few remaining warriors) commanded his people to surrender to the US army while he and his few living men fled to the north. He…

I finally figured out my answer to all our political and cultural battles, and to the interpersonal conflicts in my own life. It came to me out of a distressing but normal conflict with my seventeen-year-old son. And, of course, I did not think it up. …

Before I was out of bed this morning, I woke up feeling empathy for the 19-year-old young man in San Diego who was deported by INS this week. He doesn’t ever remember living in Mexico; he was brought up just like my boys in So Cal. He was a DACA…

Are you REALLY my friend? Am I REALLY your friend? What does it mean to “friend” somebody?

One of the good things about my too-mobile life (moving from Omaha to Wheaton to Wichita to Wheaton/Carol Stream to Orange County California to now Breezy Point Minnesota) is that it has forced…

EmKay Anderson

@mkettleson on twitter/instagram; storyteller, questioner, history buff, lay theologian, post-evangelical Jesus follower, Christian mystic, feminist

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