To understate the matter, I’ve had some unusual encounters. But the experiences I described — my experience of the Four Noble Truths and my encounter with the Trinity — met me with undeniable brute force. I acknowledge that individual human experience is unreliable. Especially when the experiences are, by their very nature, incredible.
It is impossible for me to prove or disprove the reality of these phenomena or the interpretations and meaning I have given them. I’ve presented context for these stories partly because I concede there are many ways to undermine the veracity of my claims. Nevertheless, I believe…
I moved to New York City in August of 2004 for law school. After graduating, I immediately began my job paying off my school loans at the stereotypical New York firm. The horror stories are true.
I don’t have any regrets because my wounds give me strength. But there is plenty during this stage of my life about which I am thoroughly ashamed. Maybe I was compensating for my insecurities and the nagging emptiness expanding inside me. Perhaps I simply gave in to hedonism. Whatever my reasons, I tried to eat it, drink it, screw it, or otherwise consume it…
It will be difficult for you to believe much of what follows. But this is the most literal and accurate telling I can muster. Like all human narratives, my stories are shrouded in fiction. It’s hard to say how much. You be the judge.
Before I begin, let me define some terms and provide some background so you better understand my perspective.
“Religion” is a pursuit or interest upon which someone places supreme importance. It often includes belief in a supernatural, all-knowing, all-powerful being or force.
I despise fundamentalism, dogmatism, fanaticism, and other world-views that stifle sound, critical, scientific thinking…
Doing the right thing is more of an art than an analysis.
For a long time, I wanted to find reasons to be moral. I wanted to know why people should do the right thing. But try as I might, I could not convince myself of any “self-evident” or “deductive” reasoning that led philosophers like Kant to conclude that ethics and morals can arise out of reason or reasons.
I’ve since come to believe we, the apes, place too much causal power on our so-called, “reasons.” (But that’s another topic.)
I moved to Massachusetts from Sedona, AZ in June 2018 to start a marijuana farm. Three years later, we are days away from our first sale.
A good friend challenged me to write the origin story of our business. This story is far from over, but I have a thesis about how we got to where we are.
People exist in narratives, and humans only make sense of the world with characters, and motives, and plots, and outcomes. But, I’m agnostic, and often more skeptical than that, about whether any of our stories are real.
Still, it is difficult for…
Connecting the marijuana industry to the Massachusetts small farm could change the economic and financial picture for farms across the Commonwealth, help to insure local food security for generations, and provide a model for sustainable marijuana production on the East Coast. (As I and others have argued.)
There are 7,241 farms in Massachusetts according to MDAR. Over 79% of those are family owned small farms.
I wrote in another post that “the legal marijuana industry has the potential to directly benefit healthy, local food systems.”
However, we must be careful that the marijuana industry does not create unmitigated incentives for farmers to go to all-weed-monoculture farms. The point is to nourish the food system, not to replace it. Some beginning suggestions on how to accomplish this:
Much has been said about marijuana prohibition. More needs to be said. The end of the unjust and inherently racist prohibition is long overdue.
But looking beyond the glaring injustice for a moment, the legal marijuana industry has the potential to save local farms and repair a broken food system.
Please let me explain.
Let me begin with a truism: healthy food systems are necessary for human health. Unlike any other industry, food production is an absolute existential imperative. In other words, without food, we die.
Without healthy food, we get sick then die.
Many people fear the extraordinary and…
Anyone who claims to walk the righteous path is delusional or a con man. Some people come closer than others, but I can’t be the judge.
For as long as I can remember, I have asked the question: “What is the right thing to do?”
I’m just a dumb ape full of greed and jealousy and anger and fear. But the question has always been there.
As a kid, I wanted to be Batman. I fell down the stairs running through my house blindfolded. I thought it was good training.
I studied philosophy in college, then I spent two years…
“Doubt is an uneasy and dissatisfied state from which we struggle to free ourselves and pass into the state of belief; while the latter is a calm and satisfactory state which we do not wish to avoid, or to change to a belief in anything else.”
Over 140 years ago, Charles Sanders Peirce wrote this in “The Fixation of Belief.” Doubt is uncomfortable so human beings will do foolish, irrational things in order to believe what they believe. Peirce’s claims about belief are durable.
Our brains are hardwired to do so. Our reasoning capacities evolved so we could survive and…
Seeker. Ape. Mostly ape.