Dialogs With My Teacher #60

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February 14, 2011  Student: Under what conditions could death be characterized as a distraction? Michael: Death is merely a return to truth. But our interpretation of death is almost always a distraction to this offering. So I’d say that both avoidance and celebration of death serve as distractions if either works to soften the full knowledge of death’s immediacy. This …

Dialogs With My Teacher #27

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Here’s another installment in a series of emails that took place between Michael and one of his senior students beginning the Summer of 2009. May you find the exchange interesting and enriching. September 1, 2010 Student: What is empathy? Michael: An impersonal gift of seeing someone totally. We could also think of it as the opposite of greed. Student: Makes sense. On …

Quote of the Week

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Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything–all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the …

Rest in Peace, David Carradine

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Carrie Rickey, at the Philadelphia Inquirer writes: Maybe you knew David Carradine from his role as the title character, the stonefaced assassin in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill. Or maybe you knew him as Woody Guthrie, the plainspoken folk singer and folk hero in Hal Ashby’s Bound for Glory, for which he earned a deserved Golden Globe nomination (not an Oscar nom, as …