I call myself a philosopher not because I’ve studied Plato and Kirkegaard (who, as powerful white men, have little to say about the things that matter most to me anyway) but because I spend long stretches of time absorbed by my own intellectual process. I watch and listen to the people in the world around me, and then ponder what it all means.
I mostly contemplate the forces that motivate people to do what we do, specifically, money, sex and the media. These are the most powerful forces in our world (excluding physical forces like mother nature and weaponry), and I’m endlessly fascinated by how people attempt to use and abuse them to get what they want.
• How can people and institutions harness authentic power, allowing them to achieve their aims but without trampling on others in the process?
• Once abuses of power have been committed, what should happen next? And who gets to decide?
• Is it possible eradicate abusive behavior without inflicting abuse on the abuser?
These are the questions I seek to answer and share with others through my writing, coaching and teaching.