When You Just Shouldn’t Give A Damn

Part of living a bold life, a fearless life, is knowing when you just shouldn't give a damn.

Sometimes we must have the courage, the guts, sometimes even the anger, to not care about the possible consequences so that we have the freedom to live life on our own terms.

In spite of the freedoms we've won as a nation over the last 236 years, in spite of civil rights, religious tolerance, women's liberation, sexual freedom, and gay rights, we are in many ways less free to define and pursue happiness than we were when our country was young. In fact, we often have no idea what constitutes real happiness.

And sadly, this is of our own doing.

As we have advanced in technology and communication, we have eroded our capacity for discernment. Discernment is a powerful word with a more powerful meaning: it means " discrimination; acuteness of judgment and understanding."

We have lost our ability to discern for ourselves who we really are and what is deeply meaningful and important to us. Our acuteness of judgment and understanding has been dulled by the constant input of ideas and expectations from our culture. (more…)