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University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Life Philosophy

“Become what you are.”

I am...

Oversoul in disguise.


“I don’t know how to fix the system, but I am pretty sure that one of the ingredients is kindness. I think of kindness not only as the moral virtue of volunteering at a soup kitchen or even of living your life to help as many other people as possible, but also as an epistemic virtue. Epistemic kindness is kind of like humility. Kindness to ideas you disagree with. Kindness to positions you want to dismiss as crazy and dismiss with insults and mockery. Kindness that breaks you out of your own arrogance, makes you realize the truth is more important than your own glorification, especially when there’s a lot at stake.”

— Scott Alexander

“Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them—if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.”

— J.D. Salinger

“Astonishment is the proper response to reality.”

— Terence McKenna

“Worry is preposterous; we don’t know enough to worry.”

— Wei Boyang

“Be content with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you.”

— Lao Tzu

“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.”

— Friedrich Nietzsche

“Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering its a feather bed.”

— Terence McKenna

“You could not step twice into the same river.”

— Heraclitus





Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace
In My Own Way by Alan Watts
Tao: The Watercourse Way by Alan Watts
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
The Story of B by Daniel Quinn
Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan & Cacilda Jethá
The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
The Way of Zen by Alan Watts
On The Road by Jack Kerouac
Howl by Allen Ginsberg
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
The Road by Cormac McCarthy


I also have a music blog:

Some of my favorite artists:

Open Mike Eagle
Das Racist
Del the Funky Homosapien
Yoni Wolf
Explosions in the Sky
Iron and Wine
Jon Hopkins
Sufjan Stevens
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Philip Glass

Film & TV

2001: A Space Odyssey
Waking Life
There Will be Blood
The Matrix
Alice in Wonderland
Tree of Life
Requiem for a Dream
Breaking Bad
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
True Detective