The Hairpin charcoal drawing of young woman sitting thoughtfully at table by Steve Henderson

Pursuing The Wrong Goals

If you’re tired of working “smarter, not harder,” and feeling like you must be dumb because you’re not getting the results you want, then maybe it’s time to rethink your goals. I know what we’re told — by the business, religious, educational, and social seminar gurus that shape our lives if we let them: Be…
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The Cult Of Efficiency

What is it that makes a good human being? In today’s society, which is heavily influenced by the “news,” entertainment, and corporate media, this becomes a bit of a trick question, because although we intrinsically know the answer that ensures the continued existence of the human race  — “Someone who is kind, compassionate, gentle with…
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The Confident Idiot

Confidence and competence are not the same thing. While this sounds obvious, anyone who’s been in a classroom, office, church meeting, or military setting has encountered the bold, self-assured person who steps forward and tells the people in charge, “I am competent in this area, and I have the answer.” Those in the ranks who…
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Breaking The Cycle Of Fear

We live in a society that promotes fear. Our news is filled with it all day and every hour: there are terrorists out to get us, the economy is collapsing, yet another virulent disease is promoted as the one to subdue all mankind. So incessant is the message that there is no rest, but because we…
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The Freedom To Celebrate — Or Not Bother With — Easter

Freedom is one of those words we wax eloquent about, whether we’re singing a patriotic hymn or weeping through a religious event at a football stadium, but when it comes to actually experiencing it, or demanding the reality of what freedom promises, we are remarkably reluctant to do so. “I’d love to be free of oppressive taxes,…
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