Write the Truth

In the old television show Dragnet, Sergeant Joe Friday’s catchphrase was, “Just the facts, ma’am.” But what he got was some version of the truth. Don’t even try to write “just” facts. Facts by themselves are boring. The sky was blue. That is a fact. She shot him in the head. That is a fact. Boring to read. No story. No truth. Write the truth. And in writing the truth you write a story. In every form of writing it gets down to telling a good story. Good stories are full of relative and universal truths. The sky wasn’t blue … Continue reading

Your Legacy and My Inheritance

In the movie Monsieur Ibrahim the story shows not only how we all leave something behind as a legacy but how ultimately we choose what we want to inherit and from whom. We can choose our birthrights. We cannot choose our biological parents (and as this story shows our bio-parents don’t always want us). But we can choose our true fathers and mothers and their legacies. We do not have to take on the legacy of our biological parents of abandonment, alcoholism, or favoritism. And in my case (and maybe yours) the monetary inheritance that was once there has long been given to … Continue reading

A Healthy Dose of Doubt

Doubt can be an enriching and favorable state of mind. The old myth around doubt and curiosity – that it killed the cat, and that it will get you in a heap of trouble, is not only outdated but a myth that intends to control the congregation. Keep naughty kids in line. Make you uncomfortable and unwilling to challenge what you are told. In his commentary on Aryadeva’s Yogic Deeds of the Bodhisattvas Chandrakirti tells the story of a ship’s captain whom an ogress captures. (It could just as well been the other way around – the captain captured an … Continue reading