The Mark of the Grifter

"Without thinking, I'm a mark for their marketing plans, I'm Americancer..." - Shawn Harris, The Matches  To narcissists who crave only power, your beliefs are a vulnerability that they can take advantage of to obtain their goals. Your emotions surrounding your most rigid stances, the things you feel most strongly about, are the those with [...]

Autoconsumerism

At this point, I honestly don’t fault anyone for feeling any way about anything. We all react differently to society’s obvious ills. We've all been inundated with rhetoric hypnosis. However, I do find it difficult to see people with drastic mindsets, (people who should be the most accepting by virtue of feeling so entitled to [...]

Robert Jacob Crowe

My friend Jake once decided, for a reasonably decent period of time, to do only what TV and GAP commercials told him to do. He dressed in only wool sweaters and khakis. He wore dress-casual leather boots. He put gel in the front of his hair and spritzed himself with a very sensible amount of [...]

False Profiteers

Freedom is fragile. It can be destroyed with simple words. This is why those who charge themselves with protecting it choose their words carefully. It is also why those who vie to replace freedom with their own self-serving will seem to lack nuance, but it is a certainty that their words are chosen just as [...]

The Inaction-Reaction

Don’t do it. Don’t hate people for being manipulated in a different way than you’ve been manipulated. Trust that we all have been. Know that we can all be wrong, and empathize with one another for that reason. This should be our mantra. It will not be easy. It may even be impossible. I’m the [...]