Dear Readers!

if you’ve enjoyed following this blog over the last couple of years I’d like to invite you to join me on the new incarnation of this site over at ”the still small man

as for the hiatus and what I’ve been up to lately

here’s the brief and short of it:

I’ve been working on (still am) putting together a couple of ebooks (in the genre, say, of truth-fool psycho-spiritual scribblings—which look and sound like something somewhere between Adyashanti and Charles Bukowski) that I plan to publish by February 2020 at the latest.

and now,

without further ado. . .


What Jordan Peterson is in effect doing

I’d say that Jordan Peterson is primarily against the hateful, shadow aspect in us that usually manifests as self-pity and resentment—not against the social constructivists and illiberal activists per se. Foremost, he’s against his own resentment. It’s not political at all—what he intends—it’s much deeper than that, it’s purely psychological. Peterson is all for the recognition and exposure of the inner tendency to hide behind (self-righteous) pretense. He is against self-delusion. Peterson is in effect struggling with himself (as we all do) and he is offering the exposure of his own struggles [assuming the role of the Tragedy King dancing his dance with the drama queens] as a way of overcoming the darkness in all of us.

The Quickening

Ray Peat says that life is a mystery that flowers and that it’s all about quickening. The alternative is fear and slow decay.

There are no pre-set, predetermined qualities one must seek to return to, they are drawn forth through engagement with life. Vitality is a function of quickening.

This is the difference between holding oneself in a vacuum of reluctance versus fearless quickening: or between guilt-ridden degeneration and unashamed rejuvenation.


Those who are emotionally harmed are meant to be hurt in that they have been set up to and have lain in wait for being triggered.







to blame any [self-engendered] pain on those [artists] who instead of repressing go about [non-violently and] creatively expressing [i.e. sublimating] their neuroses is a crime—


(context: in response to the criticism leveled against R. Crumb in the movie Crumb or in general anyone offended by the spiel of comedians like Doug Stanhope)