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Taoism is one of the oldest philosophical and religious schools of thought whose origins date back to the late 4th century B.C. with some elements of Taoism going back even further. Taoism, like most Eastern religions rely more on a system of behavior rather than the praising of deities. Similar to Buddhism, Taoism urges us to be mindful in how we approach the events in our lives, thus improving the quality of our lives.

One of the main ideas in Taoism is to look at the seemingly contradictory nature of the world around us and find the underlying harmony that…


The debate regarding free-will has been one of the longest debates in philosophy from the very beginning. Can we control our actions or are they merely reactions to external stimuli that far outreach our conscious control?

The idea that our actions are pre-determined by a complicated algorithm beyond human comprehension sure is a scary thought, but perhaps the intrinsic fear of not being in control can lead us to being more compassionate, empathetic, and overall better people. …


When we read history we generally comprehend it through a linear equation of progress. In other words, we generally look at the past as something to not replicate and see our present as the best time in history to be alive. There is this notion that societies in the past were less humane, less educated, and overall less well off than we are today. …


It would not be farfetched to say that we desire happiness perhaps more than anything else. Whatever we do there is the expectation of some sort of positive payoff that rewards us in some way. Obviously, happiness is a subjective thing, I can’t stand watching baseball, but for some, this brings them great joy. I don’t see the value in knitting but I am sure someone sees the activity as an escape from the hardships that are inevitable in everyday life. Examples like these can be found everywhere. Some people find happiness through sports, others through music, some people enjoy…


There is something about growing up that gradually makes us value knowledge over imagination. Very often as we grow older we lose a sense of that sort of playful imagination we have has young children and replace it the knowledge we gradually gain throughout our lives with the experiences we go through. We learn that Santa Claus is not real and that there is not actually a magical fairy that rewards children with money when they put their tooth under their pillow. …


It is very odd to even think about the person I was before I took psychedelics. In many ways, that person is about as a part of who I am as the same 6-year old me who once thought that the sporting brands New Balance and Nike were the same thing. Yet as I think back to those initial instances where I experimented with these perception altering substances I realize how important they were not only for me turning my life around, but simply enjoying life for the unique experience and opportunity it truly is. In many ways trying to…


It is clear that we will have to revise our economic systems somehow. Issues such as healthcare, education, stagnated wages, poverty, all of which have caused people unprecedented amounts of debt, are often highlighted as areas where this sort of revision should start. Many people have given up and felt betrayed by the economic systems we have in place. Despite this, the solutions proposed are often discredited, perhaps unfairly, as being some evil brand of Authoritarian Left-Wing economics. Ideas such as increasing wages so that people can afford to live or that healthcare should be provided to all are often…


When we think of psychedelics there is often a preconceived notion of what they are. Like all value judgments whether they are based on racial factors, propaganda, nationalism, or other socially conditioned values, they often can lead to some unforeseen consequences as a result of the misconceptions. This can be said with the rather one-dimensional perspective we have been conditioned to have towards psychedelics and their potentially healing properties. A large reason for this as you might expect is because of the continuously failing War on Drugs that has stopped neither profits for drug cartels nor people from using drugs…


When we think of freedom it tends to be something we react very positively to. We agree it is needed and the more we have of it the better off we will be. Freedom is the central point of almost all of the national anthems in every country globally. This sort of fetish we have with freedom in our modern world is one that is generally met with a positive affirmation. We feel that this liberating feeling of freedom is one that anyone would generally meet with a full intention of taking advantage of. If you don’t believe we value…


Albert Camus was a 20th-century writer, philosopher, and existentialist. He wrote many books and was even awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Albert Camus was born into a poor French- Algerian family with his mother being illiterate and his father dying when he was still a child. In his younger years, he was struck with tuberculosis, an illness that affects the lungs, and often spent many months bedridden with the illness in extreme pain. He lived in poverty and in many ways, his early life struggles set the tone for his later work. Albert Camus’ views centered around Existentialism as…

Nicholas Martinez

I write about philosophy, society, and psychedelics, sometimes all at the same time. Follow me on Twitter: @_nickmartinez__

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