Hello,

First and foremost, I’d like to express my gratitude at being able to deliver this address to you and the members of your team. …


Can the world be beautiful even if your life feels like it isn’t?

Beauty is a feeling; it’s an experience we have as conscious things.

Sometimes this experience is easy to have. Other times it can be very hard. …


Compassion

Here’s another thought experiment:

You are a sneaker fanatic. You love shoes, and you just bought your favorite pair. You decide to take the shoes for a stylish walk around the lake near your house. But then disaster strikes.

You spot a little girl drowning in the lake! She is…


Have you ever been torn about what to do in a situation? Here’s one: Jack has fallen in love with Sally. When he is with her he feels butterflies in his stomach and when he is away from her she’s all he can think about. …


When Nietzsche wrote in the Gay Science in 1882 that “God is dead” he didn’t mean a deity had actually died or ceased to exist. He meant that the Abrahamic God had ceased to be a guiding force in our lives, a serious influence on our thoughts and actions. I…


The Irons is an Austin-based band signed to Porchfire Records. This article was written entirely of my own volition as a long-time fan. You can listen to their music on Spotify, Bandcamp, and most other streaming services.

I first saw Hayden Havard and his motley crew of band members in…


Hubble Space Telescope image of Westerlund 2 cluster and its surroundings. What artist could do better?

Imagine that the chair you are presumably sitting in right now suddenly started shaking. Before you have time to react it starts rising, lifting you high into the air. If you were watching this scenario unfold from a nearby vantage point you would see that your seating had begun to…


Uh oh! I think I’ve caught the bug. Its symptoms are constant second-guessing and a pervasive sense of meaninglessness. Its treatments are Distraction and Revolution. If you’re John Lennon in the autumn of 1966 and you have the bug you write Strawberry Fields Forever. If you’re Tarek Zaher in the…

Tarek Zaher

Studying Political Philosophy at UT Austin | Interested in the origins, philosophy, and science of earthly happiness and morality. | www.tarekzaher.com

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