Everything Is OK
- Bad news: the world is not OK.
- Good news: everything is OK, anyhow.
On a personal level – everything is definitely OK. If you are ever so lucky to feel this in your bones, and lose it, don’t worry, you’ll find it again and again. If you’ve never felt this, you most certainly can. The sun exists no matter how many clouds in the sky…
There is no magic that can un-f*ck the world. But it is possible to drastically shape your relationship with it, and what you *need* from it. And hopefully, liberate you to be in peace. In a way, today is utopia.
“Am I happy? Yes I’m happy.Ram Dass – Keep Your Heart Open in Hell
Am I sad? Yes I’m sad.
I am both happy and sad for myriad reasons.
As long as you try to stay in the world of polarities … happy-sad, dark-light, positive-negative, good-evil … you cannot experience the richness that lies just behind the two.”
This website explores life, happiness, meaninglessness, reality, identity, expectations, self-deception, awe, work, physical health, expression, feeling stuck, and freedom. [i]
To save you time: If your dream is to win money, fame, admiration, status, sex, stuff, yadda… this can’t help. Aspirations and joy are great – but infatuation with shallow goals is a recipe for misery. Sorry.
If you’re in pain, anxious, or hopeless, please watch this first.
Quick Test: Are you Sarah, or Tom?
The date is January 1, 2024. One year ago, two people, Sarah and Tom, stumbled upon this while searching for help.
Sarah has since quit the job she didn’t like, left a relationship that was terrible, moved out of the city to be closer to nature, started playing piano (a hobby she’s wanted to try for 20 years), and is training to run the Boston Marathon.
Tom, frantically scrolled through the resource in about 15 seconds. His mind was in lizard mode – his eyes darting around trying to spot an easy fix for his psychological pain.
Human beings have two fundamental vulnerabilities.
The first vulnerability is our own mind and emotions. The second vulnerability is how our environment manipulates us with ideas.
These two vulnerabilities are the root of all our problems.
Your Body Can Help
“Get your body working… exercise, diet, and sleeping, that will take care of 85% of your problems.”Phil Stutz, MD
We – Don’t – Know!
“There is a plague on man,“ says Montaigne: “the opinion that he knows something.”Batchelor, Stephen. The Art of Solitude (p. 123)
The truth is, we don’t know. Nobody does. So don’t worry too much.
- Culture and Society
- Free Will
- Global Crises and Risks
- Human Potential
- Inherent Brokenness
Wall of comments:
(leave a comment anywhere, your questions and ideas may help other people too)
I’ve had most of these feelings and notions all my life. I see the figures in the sky’s. That is…
Hey Andrew, good to chat again. Your comment is generous and astute. I am resolving some internal tension… I am…
Good to see you back. Have you considered helping people professionally? Not that I know what that entails or whether…
Hi there, a short message from a dude who lives in NL. I found your website last year when I…
Appreciate the comments Todd – thanks very much – happy to hear this accomplished for you exactly what I hope…
I would also be incredibly sad if I didn’t get to share with you, on your final post, just how…
hello, thank you for your thoughts! I do have many… this may be all over the place. it’s interesting -…
Thanks very much for this note. And yes, I know there is so much noise “out there” – whether on…
Last weekend I attended an outdoor jazz concert. Jazz to me is the ultimate genre – musicians train for decades…
You’re not alone! Amazing clip from the concert. Thank you for sharing.
Hello! Thank you for sharing your insights. Love the way the essays are laid out. I find it comforting to…
It would be remiss of me to not comment on this “final” post. I will be forever grateful for your…
So great to hear. Your comment led me to revisit that one. It encapsulates so much. (https://anti-rebel.org/there-are-two-parts-to-me/) Wonderful to hear…
I thought of you today, your story about your friend with two parts, I even wrote about it in my…
Great writing style!
Absolutely. Please let me know if I can help further.