We’re All Gonna Die, So…

trigger warning: death, suicide Death has been a recurring thought for me this past couple of weeks. Not in the sense that I desire it upon myself anytime soon, but in the sense that recent events have forced me to reckon the reality of it in the midst of life. Within the past two months […]

God & Religion, Depression & Suicide

trigger warning: depression, suicide The recent suicide of a young Filipina artist has been publicized through a post on Facebook. The post compiles an image of her last artwork (which depicted an apparent suicide), some of her selfies, and screenshots of her Facebook posts that expressed feelings of loneliness and pain, words about depression, and […]

Wisdom of Lao-Tzu: 12 Quotes from the Tao Te Ching

The Tao Te Ching (roughly translated as “The Book of the Way of Virtue”) is an ancient Chinese text consisting of 81 verses mainly about the Tao (“the Way”). It offers wisdom on how to live and lead with virtue. Although its true author is not (or cannot be) absolutely verified, the text is attributed to […]

The Year 2017, and Grace

I’ve often heard people say, “By God’s grace,” but I don’t think I’ve fully understood then, what they meant. To me, it just sounded like a worn-out expression, made by the cliché-loving, or maybe by the pretentious. It isn’t news to the people who really know me that I am not religious, and I have […]

Of Religion

I have rarely written anything about religion, especially not anything that’s going to get posted somewhere public.  I think a book on journalism I once read even listed it as a taboo topic. I remember one clinical instructor also mentioning religion as one of the no-no topics to bring up in psychotherapy sessions unless the […]