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MusingMind is a curation of writing, reading & videos; an inventory of contemplative content at large. Grounded in philosophy, the core ethos is to inquire into and wrestle with whatever the heck is going on here, existentially.

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Schwartz Self For Home

“…I found that the way people define the nature of the self dictates how they envision the purpose of life.”

Tony Schwartz
What Really Matters: Searching for Wisdom in America (1995)
Fromm 1

“Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve and from which he cannot escape.”

Erich Fromm
Man for Himself (1947)
Annie Dillard 2

“The mind fits the world and shapes it as a river fits and shapes its own banks.”

Annie Dillard
Living by Fiction (1982)
Aquinas 1

“The slenderest knowledge that may be obtained of the highest things is more desirable than the most certain knowledge obtained of lesser things.” ​

Saint Thomas Aquinas
Jon Kabat-Zinn

“‘What is my job on the planet?’ is one question we might do well to ask ourselves over and over again. Otherwise, we may wind up doing somebody else’s job and not even know it.”

Jon Kabat-Zinn

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NOTES FROM SOME CURRENT READING

Oblivion David Foster Wallace“The conflict between the subjective centrality of our own lives versus our awareness of its objective insignificance…this was the single great informing conflict of the American psyche. The management of insignificance.”

The Crack-Up F. Scott Fitzgerald“Well, when I had reached this period of silence, I was forced into a measure that no one ever adopts voluntarily: I was impelled to think. God, was it difficult! The moving about of great secret trunks. In the first exhausted halt, I wondered whether I had ever thought.”

Sunyata

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A developing cross between metaphysics and journalism, MusingMind is a digital index of thoughtful, diverse, human responses to the upsettingly vast quagmires of life. Spanning my eclectic writing to collections of books and quotes, the inventory is a record of what I find interesting. Built into every nook of this site, these bites of interestingness tend to gravitate around life’s metaphysical pickles, and I’d like for the MusingMind to evolve into a feast of this variety.

I don’t have many answers, most 20-something-year-olds who think they do tend to be full of crap anyway. What I do believe is that consciousness is the architect of our perceived world, and we can nourish this mental environment by gooming – aimlessly perusing – the infinite fractals of wisdom buried all around us that I’m only beginning to discover. This is the core ethos behind The Musing Mind, seeking to unfetter and open-source this ponderous path. ​

My ulterior motive is to form a collective, bound by curiosity – a digital salon, of sorts – jiving off each other, enriching our myriad trips of inquisition.

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