Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late – Please Read

  If someone asks you for help, either on Twitter or Facebook, don’t delay in acting. It saddens me to write this, but I think this is a story that must be told. In early December 2013 I was approached by a Twitter follower in confidence (I’ll call him Bob), asking for help, as his situation had steadily deteriorated, and was looking dire. I knew him reasonably well, and he had always been supportive of me and my work, but I...

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Subjectivity of the Well-Being Question

A young Amish Family in New York State. Source: wikipedia.com   How subjective is a state of well-being, and to how could we possibly measure it? It could be said that well-being is a sliding scale, one where at one end, all aspects of our personal, physical and psychology are met, and at the other end, near-death and starvation, with no hope of a brighter future. But between these two measurable points on the scale there are many possible...

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What Is Well-Being?

  What does it mean to be “well”? More specifically, what particular aspects of being human constitute a state of wellness? If you used a Google image search for your answer, you would be led to believe that “well-being” has something to do with meditating in a forest, or standing in a field with arms raised to the sky, or holding hands, or singing, and these are all aspects of well-being, but popular conceptions...

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From the Mailbox – 4 Questions From a Theist

  Well this has been an eventful couple of weeks. After writing the post “I Quit“, I was approached by Slate to modify the post and have it posted on their website. Of course I jumped at the opportunity, who wouldn’t? To be published in the same journal that featured the great Christopher Hitchens? With an apparent readership of over 8 million people per month I would have been mad not to. But with this level of...

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Some Thoughts on Human Well-Being

  Sometimes I try to imagine what I would consider a fair and just world, a world where every person is afforded the most basic of human needs, one where the rights of a person come before ideologies and dogma, one where the basic well-being of a person comes before political banter and rhetoric. Imagine a world where the important things like food, water, shelter, access to medicines, access to education, equality of opportunities, and...

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