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Tag: culture and society

Customer Service

I took my aging car in for an overdue oil change yesterday. I wasn’t expecting much, as the “quick change” places generally want to process and get you out as quickly as possible. I can see both sides of the argument: someone in a hurry doesn’t likely want to be up-sold on things, nor do they want to idly chit-chat. On the other side, if they’re busy in the shop, they need to keep the line moving.

Native Songs

This is about Canada’s treatment of its indigenous peoples over the past century and more. It’s not an easy topic to discuss, and I believe that most of us are ignorant as to just how terrible it was.

Games of Intellect

There is a lot of suffering in the world, and while being highly intelligent can be useful in finding certain kinds of success, it is, to me, quite often little more than a persistent fuel for the fires of depression, anxiety and excessive rumination. I liken the modern world as something not too dissimilar, in effect. Beyond simply having a high IQ, we have to strive for the elusive notion of wisdom.

Safe Places

We all need to feel safe, and throughout our lives, there are a variety of places that could be considered as such. Feeling safe affects our wellbeing at every level, from the primal, to the emotional, to the intellectual. For many of us, we don’t often have the opportunity to release our protective barriers, or to relax our emotional suppression; to wear our vulnerability on our sleeves. How often do we truly offer, without condition, to be and to hold that sacred safe space for another?