During the past few years I have been slowly consuming books on Stoicism. I was introduced to it by way of Tim Ferriss through his podcast The Tim Ferriss Show. I remember him talking about his love for Stoicism, providing quotes, and highlighting some of its principles. From these small interactions I always knew I … Continue reading Unpacking Stoicism
Hello Friend, I am writing this letter in an effort to let you know where I stand in life. As an FYI, I have also sent this to a number of friends and family that I thought might warrant this message. I contemplated for a long time on whether I should even write this, or … Continue reading Open Letter to Friends and Family
Since leaving the Mormon church I have been asked, “what would change your mind?” In this post, I will attempt to outline the terms that would need to be met in order for me to reconsider myself a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When contemplating this exercise I think it … Continue reading What Would Change My Mind?
The LDS Church is known for its emphasis on history and record keeping. Since its early days, official leaders and common members of the church recorded countless journals, essays, and first hand accounts of the context surrounding the critical beginnings of the now multi-million member worldwide religion. In its 180+ year existence there have been … Continue reading Saints and Orwell: The Rise of Newspeak and Doublethink
I had a strong desire to write about sexual abuse after listening to Sam Harris’ introduction to one of his episodes. I had been following and participating with the Protect LDS Children movement started by Sam Young. In the recent past, I had a conversation with someone close to me about the Netflix series The … Continue reading Abused by The Church
Stepping away from your lifelong religion is hard. The impetus of this peculiar journey is unique for each that take it. If I were to reverse time to the point when I was reading the book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind just before I started down the path of leaving (story in first 4 … Continue reading How to be Authentic in Meaninglessness
A common reaction people give me when I tell them I do not believe in the Mormon church anymore, nor do I believe in God, in the typical sense, is this, “Well then, what is your purpose in life? I don't know what I would do if I didn't believe.” This reaction comes in various … Continue reading Meaning of Life and the Absurd