To admit uncertainty is to admit to weakness, to powerlessness, and to believe in yourself despite both. It is a frailty, but in this frailty there is a strength: the conviction to live in your own mind, and not in someone else’s. I have often wondered if the most powerful…


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To create is to make what’s in your head real. To realize that you’re not as crazy as you thought — that your wild daydreams aren’t delusional but that they are possible on the level of reality. In fact, art wrought by the masters often feels more real than life…


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Suffering is insufferable.

For as long as I could remember, from the time that I was hobbling towards my momma to kiss a boo-boo, I have had a keen sense of suffering. As I grew older, to my surprise, the sensation of other’s suffering proved just as vibrant. I cry…


Lucius Annaeus Seneca — Roman philosopher, statesman, playwright, and intellectual whose name has not ceased leaving the lips of scholars for more than two thousand years — but still a man.

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After months of close reading, I have finally completed his Letters From a Stoic, a text that is still…


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It was just my birthday.

May 16, 2021.

Twenty-three years old, if you were wondering.

The past year has been by far, even pandemic aside, one of the most eventful, “in-flux,” torrential, stormy, heaven-and-hell years of my life. In this one year, I have lived five.

I’ve always been devoted…


We need to use our creativity and courage to cut through whatever is holding us back from being happy or being free. It’s as though we’re entangled. We may be entangling ourselves or letting others entangle us. We may even live as though we are saying “Please tangle me up!”…


Now I bear it in mind not only that all things are liable to death but that liability is governed by no set rules. Whatever can happen at any time can happen today. …


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Why do we take joy in others’ joy? Why do we suffer seeing others needlessly suffer? Why does our heart well with lasting happiness when truly helping others? What is the origin of our collective sense of empathy?

The answer to these questions lies in realizing the illusion of self…


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Hi. It’s been a while, Medium.

What matters is I’m back, with a series that I plan to keep going indefinitely.

Welcome to…

IN PURSUIT OF WISDOM (TM)

Every other Sunday, I will be posting a new installment of In Pursuit of Wisdom (the next one is April 4), in which I will discuss what…

Avery Vaughn

Arizona born and raised, New York educated (Vassar 2020). Join me every other Sunday “in pursuit of wisdom,” where we put philosophy into practice.

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