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There’s a phenomenon to proximity.

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Every time my family would drive down I-75 from our home in Toledo we would pass a perfectly boxed building encompassed in glass that stuck out of the countryside like a boomer at an EDM concert. Eventually, we came to anticipate the moment and would beat my father to his…


Sometimes, losing one’s identity is harder than losing a person.

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The house I am looking at is my own. Or, at least, it was. My blood and the work of my hands composed its formation. But I cannot go inside. I can only stand here and wonder what could have been.

It was 1998 and I was in second grade…


Be afraid to know your neighbors and to die.

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How do you sell the Eiffel Tower?

In May of 1925, Victor Lustig, the Deputy Director of the Ministry of Postal Services and Telecommunications in France sent an urgent message to all scrap metal companies in the area to meet him immediately. Only six showed up. There was an elaborate…


Marriage, transience, and the elusive difficulty of belonging.

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“What is the most important advice to give a couple before they get married?”

I never really considered a vocation that would involve officiating weddings and offering pre-marital counseling. I’m not sure anyone grows up with such a lofty career goal. Yet, I’ve somehow managed to have it be a…


Lessons on labor and the futile attempt to rewire society’s economics toward good, meaningful work.

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In the small village of Cortez, Florida — tucked away in a neighborhood bordered by a burgeoning state highway full of tourists and professionals who are often impeded by an antiquated two-lane bridge unable to account for the to-do list of 21st century America — sits an old fish market…


Sierah Joughin Memorial Ride 2021

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This benediction was given at the “KOGS Motorcycle Ride;” a memorial to the tragic loss of Sierah Joughin to help ensure such a tragedy does not happen again. …


The evolution of relationships.

You’re relationships just aren’t what they used to be? Of course not. That’s not the problem. How you respond and move forward could be.

Because our sense that a relationship is over is actually just the experience of a relationship evolving.

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Imagine, if you will, some of the relationships which…


The functions of society, social facts, and the collective life according to Emile Durkheim.

Summary: What does it mean to exist? Emile Durkheim proposed that humans don’t exist, they belong. We are social beings. This began the field of sociology under the premise that society functions to offer belonging and becoming while being a dominant force for human existence and understanding. This is important…


One thing you can do to exponentially increase your propensity to learn.

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The practice being offered only applies to those of you who do not know everything. The number of people in this category — according to social media — is drastically decreasing.

Yet, for those of us who are finite in our cognitive and conscious ability and who have a limited…

Tyler Kleeberger

Pursuing what it means to be human so as to build the best world possible. Practical ethics through in-depth exploration. Becoming Human: tylerkleeberger.com.

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