Thoughts That Hurt to Think #116 – Everyone Used To Drink All Day!

When people live in nature their whole lives, they develop an immune system to reflect that environment. Most tribal folks drink from streams or rivers, when they get thirsty; and many of the tiny organisms living in that water are completely familiar to their gut biome. Give the same drink of water to a city dweller, and they will probably not handle it as well. They may get a little queasy, or be sick for days; but you can’t really blame the water itself when a native can handle it just fine. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #116 – Everyone Used To Drink All Day!”

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Thoughts That Hurt to Think #115 – Experiences Are Better Than Things!

Sometimes you hear something for the first time, and you know it’s an old saying. Often it’s the way the person says it; other times it’s something else entirely. When you get the right set of words strung together in a certain way, it only makes sense that the phrase would become a common expression. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #115 – Experiences Are Better Than Things!”

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Thoughts That Hurt to Think #114 – George Washington Made Moonshine!

A lot of guys have a particular idea in their minds, a somewhat specific image of what it is to be a man. Part of that picture for me is someone who is always growing, and working on being more adaptable to the world around them. That might sound like a moving target, making it less of a goal and more of a constant state of becoming; and I suppose it is. As long as I keep learning more and doing more, I’m okay with that. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #114 – George Washington Made Moonshine!”

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Thoughts That Hurt to Think #113 – We All Want Something!

Trying to figure out who is acting in their own best interests can be a little tough to do. One of the most popular ways to justify our desires is to make it seem like they are selfless, and that we somehow make the world a better place by wanting what we want. That’s a topic for another day, because this discussion is a different matter altogether. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #113 – We All Want Something!”

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Thoughts That Hurt to Think #112 – You Have To Believe For It To Be True!

At its foundation, the nature of reality continues to confound pretty much everyone interested in learning about it. We can explore other levels of life for decades, discovering new stuff and having regularly scheduled epiphanies; but the only people acting like they have it all figured out pretty clearly don’t have it figured out at all. The rest of us find our reasons to live happily, and make some kind of peace with the fact that we may never know just how or why this world we live in came to be. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #112 – You Have To Believe For It To Be True!”

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Thoughts That Hurt to Think #111 – The Most Important Things Are Hard To Understand!

Humans are a pretty creative bunch, when it comes to making up words. Necessity was obviously the mother of invention, when you think about the first few sounds that came to be associated with some meaning; but basic needs in a primal culture could probably be expressed with a handful of rudimentary utterances. Somehow we got from there to here, in a culture where people like you and me speak a language that reportedly contains over a million words. Most of us might only know a small fraction of them; but all those others still exist regardless of how little they are used or understood. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #111 – The Most Important Things Are Hard To Understand!”

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Thoughts That Hurt to Think #110 – Common Sense Isn’t Really Common!

As different as our individual experiences may be, we humans almost all share some pretty important commonalities. The way we interface with the world surely would seem unique and strange, if we weren’t all seeing it through similar lenses. We all hunger, we all thirst, and we all want for something beyond our basic survival instincts. Sometimes it seems as though the more extremely widespread our collective consciousness becomes, the more apparent it gets that we are all variants of the same thing. Other times, it feels like the journey to common ground may be light years away. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #110 – Common Sense Isn’t Really Common!”

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Thoughts That Hurt to Think #109 – Gossip Used To Be Good!

Looking back gets harder the further you want to delve into the past, and a lot of humankind’s history is both subject to change and up for interpretation. Most everyone studying this stuff agrees on certain things though; and pretty much all of them are on the same page about how tribes laid the blueprint for much of our modern thinking. We’re all sort of hardwired to interact with a few hundred people at the very most, and to travel great distances very rarely. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #109 – Gossip Used To Be Good!”

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Thoughts That Hurt to Think #108 -The First Marathon Was Fatal!

Not all that long ago, the main way young people learned stuff was in school. Some kids had encyclopedias, and they were kind of the search engine of my childhood; but mostly I just believed what they taught us in school, in those rare moments when I was paying attention. To be honest, I couldn’t even remember what era this story came from. I thought it was pretty old, but I didn’t realize it went all the way back to the Greeks. Laugh at me if you will, but I honestly wouldn’t have been surprised to discover this was a Civil War story. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #108 -The First Marathon Was Fatal!”

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Thoughts That Hurt to Think #107 – In A Hundred Years They’ll Be Laughing At Us!

Looking back at common practices from yesteryear can be pretty funny, from a modern perspective. Not all that long ago, medicine relied heavily on leeching and bleeding to cure just about any ill. They believed you could somehow remove an ailment by draining the patient of their blood, either with animals that sucked it out or just by opening up a wound and allowing it to pour from the cut. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #107 – In A Hundred Years They’ll Be Laughing At Us!”

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