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I love Schubert’s Ave Maria. Not because I’m Catholic (I’m not), or because I can speak Latin (I can’t). Nor is it because my tastes in music are all that remarkable or highbrow. …


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There is only one good, knowledge,
and one evil, ignorance.
— Socrates

Socrates was one smart cookie. Sadly, in this instance, I’m not sure he got it quite right.

In most cases knowledge is preferable to ignorance. But describing it as the only good seems like a stretch. …


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Author’s Note: This essay is part 6 of a series considering all thirty articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Links to all essays will be added at the bottom of the introductory post announcing this series as they appear.

Article 8

Everyone has the right to an…


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Checklists, deadlines, events marked in our calendars… Increasingly, life is lived as though it is best measured by the number of tasks we have completed — ideally on schedule — as opposed to the quality of the experiences we have lived through and the growth that comes with facing unfamiliar…


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America is cursed with a long election cycle. In fact, it has become impossible to argue that it hasn’t mutated into a perpetual one.

I was reminded of this while skimming the news this morning (a habit I desperately need to break). CNN had a link right below its featured…


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I was born in the United States. Therefore, I’m an American citizen. I have a passport and vote in every major election.

But I’m not a proud American. My votes are cast via absentee ballot from my home in Canada where my wife and I enjoy the universal (and very…


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It seems odd to even say meaning exists as such. No one can point to it. There is no single part of the brain that produces it. While people assign it to all sorts of objects and ideas, it’s impossible to demonstrate any of them have any inherent meaning.

Meaning…


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Author’s Note: This essay is part 6 of a series considering all thirty articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Links to all essays will be added at the bottom of the introductory post announcing this series as they appear.

Article 6

Everyone has the right to recognition…


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It’s shaping up to be a La Niña year. That could mean we are in for a wetter than normal winter on Vancouver Island, since we are just far enough north to benefit from the northerly jet streams associated with the weather phenomenon.

To prepare for the wet autumn and…


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Perspective requires distance; a shift to a position off center from which life can be seen anew. In the first months of 2020, nature provided a collective shove out of our respective comfort zones to a place most of us had never stood before, forcing just such a re-evaluation.

Shifts…

Craig Axford

US citizen residing in British Columbia, Canada. Degrees include anthropology and environmental studies. Activism, politics, science, nature.

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