I am a man of action, leading with passionate equanimity, rational self-interest, and never forgetting the power of individual liberty. I will never forget that my wife is my queen, and I her king, and that my children are my gift to humanity. I will respect the dignity of all, but measure the character of each. I will honor my body and mind by taking care of them. I will light a candle in darkness.
My name is Chris Cozzi. In the Summer of 2012, I retired from my career as a pilot and officer in the United States Air Force. When I retired, I was faced with a feeling of “unsatisfactoriness,” called Dukkha in Buddhist circles. I worked for an institution I did not believe in, I was very busy but it provided me not nearly the satisfaction that I was looking for.
Through my philosophical journey through Zen, Objectivism, and Stoicism, I knew I needed to make a change…this was in my control. When I retired, I took a job as a pilot (something I love doing) for an Air Ambulance company (a calling I could believe in). Knowing I have contributed to possibly saving someone’s life when I fly, is very satisfying, but in addition this job leaves me much time with my family and at home…and lots of time to share my ideas and create on this blog. This is exactly how I planned it. Of course, I’ll always remember that most things are not in my control. I hope that I am able to contribute to someone else’s life with this site.
My goal with this site is to share some philosophical thoughts of my own and others that I find, to try and make your life one of happiness. What that means can be very complicated to describe/accomplish. In any case, I offer it to you.
I try to live by the creed that is at the top of this page. You may notice that it contains the elements of the 3 philosophies that affect my writing, and I focus on the things I can control.