Mutiny of the Soul, Revisited

Posted on Mar 14, 2016
Mutiny of the Soul, Revisited

Over the years, I’ve probably received more mail about Mutiny of the Soul than any other essay I’ve written. The idea of the article has been hugely validating for many readers: that depression, ADHD, anxiety, etc. aren’t chemical malfunctions of the brain, nor spiritual malfunctions of the mind; rather, they are forms of legitimate rebellion […]

Zika and the Mentality of Control

Posted on Mar 3, 2016
Zika and the Mentality of Control

The ruling institutions of this world are quite comfortable with a virus. First with SARS, then H1N1, then ebola and now the Zika virus, mainstream media and official organizations have been quick to recognize and counter the threat with travel advisories, quarantines, research funding, vaccine development, and heightened levels of vigilance. Yet information about other […]

Reuniting the Self: Autoimmunity, Obesity, and the Ecology of Health

Posted on Dec 10, 2008
Reuniting the Self: Autoimmunity, Obesity, and the Ecology of Health

This article is Part 1 of a two-part series. Read Part 2 here. Medical diseases have a cultural dimension: the ill health of the individual reveals the ways in which the surrounding culture is not whole. The twin epidemics of our time, obesity and autoimmunity, are symptoms of a deep infirmity in our civilization. They have […]

Reuniting the Self: Autoimmunity, Obesity, and the Ecology of Health (Part 2)

Posted on Nov 10, 2008
Reuniting the Self: Autoimmunity, Obesity, and the Ecology of Health (Part 2)

This article is Part 2 of a two-part series. Read Part 1 here. What is a human being? A human being is a nexus of relationships: the sum total of the connections among his or her cells, organs, and inner ecosystem; connections to other human beings that define the psyche; connections to the rest of […]

Pain: A Call for Attention

Posted on Mar 10, 2008
Pain: A Call for Attention

This is Part 3 of the series “Miracle of Self-Creation.” Click here for Parts 1 and 2.   “A Bodhisattva is averse to causes; an ordinary person to results.” — Chinese Buddhist saying When I speak of the power of attention to create self and world, people immediately assume I will offer a repackaged version […]

The New Epidemics

Posted on Dec 9, 2005
The New Epidemics

This article has been translated into Portuguese. Did you know that right now, we are in the midst of a disease epidemic that is already at least 100 times more prevalent than the feared polio epidemic of the 1950s? Most people don’t know it. Their ignorance testifies to the novel character of this disease, the […]

The Ethics of Eating Meat

Posted on Jun 28, 2002
The Ethics of Eating Meat

Most vegetarians I know are not primarily motivated by nutrition. Although they argue strenuously for the health benefits of a vegetarian diet, many see good health as a reward for the purity and virtue of a vegetarian diet, or as an added bonus. In my experience, a far more potent motivator among vegetarians–ranging from idealistic […]