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Aaron Anson
Aaron Anson is an inspirational self-help speaker and the author of Mind Your Own Life: The Journey Back to Love. He is currently working on his next book, Common-Sense Universe: Breaking the Habits of Generations. He is married and lives in Washington, D.C. with his partner Oliver. Anson has been featured by AARP and many others. He has appeared on several radio shows, and at literary events around the country with his passionate message of love.

Anson was largely self-taught, influenced by the writing of Thoreau and other great thinkers. He has inspired readers and listeners around the world to live life, open, honest, and authentically, with an empowering message. He considers his writing a vessel for those with muted voices longing to be heard.

Anson’s fascination with the arts, world cultures and humanity has led him to travel six continents. He has participated in humanitarian efforts and missions around the world. Anson is passionate about empowering others to find authenticity amidst political and religious rhetoric. The dedication of his first book is to those who have lost or given up their lives in the struggle to be accepted for who they are.

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Blog Entries by Aaron Anson

The Habit of Inherited Beliefs

(4) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 6:58 AM

As humans we are saddled with a constant persistence to know our life's meaning, purpose and destiny. As James Baldwin himself put it: "People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them." Essentially, habits are developed through frequent repetition and reinforcement.

Most habits are shaped during our...

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Seek Your Own Truth

(18) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 7:43 PM

Growing up, we have a intuitive sense of wanting to belong or fit in. The emptiness in our hearts says that something is missing in our life. That dormant desire for acceptance gets cultivated into full blown beliefs, usually inherited and taught to us. We believe in things like Santa...

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The Training Wheels Have Got to Come Off

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2012 | 2:34 PM

It would appear that we, as humans, have a tendency to ostracize others. We have harassed and oppressed those we consider different: Native Americans, African Americans, Japanese, Vietnamese, and many others. Recently, we've been told to shun Muslims and gays. Everyone from politicians to religious leaders carry out these exclusionary...

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The Savior Santorum: The Rise of White Male Religious Elitism

(13) Comments | Posted February 27, 2012 | 2:12 PM

It's difficult to imagine a politician or preacher standing to the right of Christ, but they're out there. In fact, there is a slew of them vying for the yet-to-be-named office of "Savior In Chief." After examining the current slate of Republican candidates and their surrogates on the side, will...

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Is the Religious Right Positioned to Play Moral Police?

(2) Comments | Posted February 15, 2012 | 10:20 AM

Knowing that others love and accept us is important for the overall health and well-being of our society. I recently chimed in on a political discussion regarding the Prop 8 ruling that struck down its validity. The appeals court upheld the 2010 decision of a federal court judge, who said...

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Minding Your Own Life

(3) Comments | Posted January 30, 2012 | 4:55 PM

I've always been fascinated by the slogan of the United Negro College Fund: "A mind is a terrible thing to waste." While they are speaking of an education in the academic sense, I'd like to give this saying a more literal application. Our minds are the most amazing part of...

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Religion, Family, and Gay Teen Suicides

(16) Comments | Posted January 17, 2012 | 3:18 PM

It breaks my heart to read about yet another gay youth suicide. What's astonishing to me is that I know of three gay suicides in as many months just among my Facebook friends. That's a whole lot, considering my relatively small number of friends. Granted, I don't know them all...

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The Irony of 'Love the Sinner But Hate the Sin'

(9) Comments | Posted January 3, 2012 | 3:22 PM

H.G. Wells once said, "Moral indignation is just jealousy with a halo around it." That seems reminiscent of what those seeking the Republican nomination have engaged in, "moral indignation." Recently, Texas Gov. Rick Perry was challenged point-blank by a bisexual teen: "I just want to know why you're...

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Confronting Moral Beliefs

(5) Comments | Posted December 16, 2011 | 6:23 PM

I was moved by a photo of an undocumented single mother being torn apart from her three American-born children, in order to be deported after living in the U.S. for 25 years. Whether or not the law is religious or politically based -- government and religions are hell-bent on setting...

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Are Gays Too Sensitive to Jokes?

(349) Comments | Posted December 1, 2011 | 11:04 PM

I was appalled when I read excerpts from Vibe's interview with rapper T.I.: he said that the gay community is too sensitive to jokes made at their expense. T.I. starts with a disclaimer, saying that he's OK with any sexual "preference," but goes on to say, "If you're...

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Regulating Human Sexuality

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2011 | 6:43 PM

The effects of man attempting to regulate human sexuality is evident in our gender-biased laws governing income taxes, marriage licenses, passport applications, social security, rights of survivor benefits, etc. I took these rights for granted when I adhered to societal rules and regulations and validated my heterosexuality by marrying a...

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How Lucky Can Obama Get?

(10) Comments | Posted October 26, 2011 | 5:17 PM

Place your bets early, folks. The Republicans' attempts to wrest control of the White House, with their flat tax "9-9-9" plans and all, are turning out to spin a "7-7-7" win for Obama.

It would have been a surefire win for Obama's second term had Sarah Palin sought the Republican...

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A Balance Between Life and Death

(4) Comments | Posted October 14, 2011 | 1:33 PM

Like many others, I was shocked and saddened by the untimely death of Apple's co-founder, Steve Jobs, who was just six years my senior. It doesn't seem that long ago that I was laughing at an uncle, calling him old, because he'd started to get grey hair. My laughter turned...

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Resistant Homophobia in the Black Community

(16) Comments | Posted October 7, 2011 | 6:55 PM

Martin Luther King once said, "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance." I'd like to address what I feel needs to happen to lessen or eliminate the black community's reluctance to wholly accepting gays. Being gay is as much a part of me as is the...

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Coping with Our Judgmental Society

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2011 | 12:18 AM

When others judge us for who we are, how do we react? At a party, for example, others may say we don't use proper etiquette, eat too much, exercise too little or are drinking too much. At times, this rhetoric can escalate to vicious name-calling: fag, un-American or unpatriotic, terrorist,...

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