This is an article I wrote several years ago, shortly after Evan Tanner’s death. Eddie Vedder’s voice keeps ringing in my ears. I’ve been obsessively listening to the same song for days now; “Off He Goes” by Pearl Jam. My IPod tells me I’ve now hit the play button for the 165th consecutive time. I
In the beginning was fear—the fear that everything that has a body experiences once it realizes we live in a predatory universe; a universe in which absolutely everything gets to be eaten… if not by the sharp fangs of a predator, then by time itself. And Fear became our God. And it began to rule
Writing 50 Things You’re Not Supposed to Know: Religion began as a chore but ended up being one of the best things I could do for myself. I had just finished writing a giant 400 page book on religion (published in Italy under the title iGod) and I was focused on nothing but pushing that project.
Most motivational speeches tell you that if you try hard enough, if you stay true to your dreams, if you fight the good fight, if you are passionate enough, if you have enough willpower to withstand rejections and difficulties, eventually things will work out for the best and all your hard work will finally pay