Nothing is more repulsive or demeaning than what a human must do to get another human to hear them out or to afford them an opportunity. How absurd, the belief that we should force others to struggle in every aspect we, ourselves have, pay their proverbial dues, succumb to the lifting of their tails and [...]
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Our culture has monetized basic human needs. We have been forced to define happiness for ourselves in such a way that it is now not only unachievable, it is unimaginable as well. Even when confronted with the appearance of happiness in others, our only reaction is suspicion. For most, our greatest common bonds are begrudging [...]
Diplomacy can be a fun house mirror refection of dishonesty. Ideally, it appeases hostility, allows for every individual to be okay with our differences in opinion. It can also be the disguise of steering us into oblivion. This is the line between a leader and a conqueror. How and when it’s used can be a [...]
Especially in a society rife with corruption, though it could have the same result in any, it is easiest to gain the trust of others and to convince them that what you are saying is true if you first convince them that everything else may not be. Accepting that most everything is a lie is [...]
We made it all up and it is all just as meaningless as any of it. Knowing we applied the words for reasons which do not need us, understanding there is no magic but only process and inevitability strips life of the romanticism we once believed made it so beautiful. Even with this knowledge, I’m [...]
A person or an idea can be wrong and still win an argument, fight, and the respect and adoration of others. Being correct, just, and decent is not a requirement of strength, wit, or popularity. This is sometimes unfortunate for everyone and everything.