Cerberus | Chapter 2: The High Priest of Anxiety

August 16, 2019

I spent most of my free time holed up in Dad’s booklined study. This dense space is where I first met the pagan beast. I felt free as a monk in his cell after the day’s duties were completed. The dark matter of the universe was now as close to the monk as his thoughts.

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Cerberus | Chapter 1

August 10, 2019

Cerberus is the “hound of Hades,” the multi-headed dog in Greek mythology that guards the gates of the Underworld and prevents the shades of deadened feelings, like compassion, caring, and empathy, from taking permanent leave, lest they get slaughtered again.

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Today’s White Niggers | Part 10: Love Beyond Belief

March 16, 2019

The demand for economic justice isn’t enough to unite America’s niggers for common cause. The broken, ravaged, and terrified parts of our souls must be healed. Spiritual practices can comfort and heal terrified souls.

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Today’s White Niggers | Part 9: The Luminous Darkness

March 9, 2019

America creates dark feelings in whites. These dark feelings can be transformed into a luminous darkness that can mend racially-ravaged hearts. The shining light of this luminous darkness is unconditional love.

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Today’s White Niggers | Part 7: White Niggers and The Tea Party Religion

February 23, 2019

Religion, race, and God are tightly bound together in Tea Party political tactics. The religious power of The Tea Party movement is its attention to the aggrieved feelings of … broken, angry, enraged, and despairing white hearts as a religious practice.

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Today’s White Niggers | Discussion A: Black-Faced Feelings

February 6, 2019

Reflection and Discussion. An exercise in practicing love beyond belief as the heart of compassion for ourselves, others, and the world. 

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Thandeka’s Interview with Westar Institute: Paul’s Brain Science of Emotions

January 26, 2019

Modern science may reveal things that Paul understood at an instinctive level—things that we can see now with much greater clarity. Using the tools of affective neuroscience, Thandeka examines Paul’s first-century attempt to teach selfless love, demonstrating how this love relates to human psychology, and asking if selfless love is the true value and future of religion.

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Watch the Blackbird

March 21, 2018

The brain science behind this “new science of political emotions” was invented by political scientists who argued that voters may forget the information they initially learned about the candidate, but they will hold onto their emotional attitudes.

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