Buried Beneath Fortune

We are granted, above all else, the illusion of choice, options to agree to predetermined acceptable outcomes that benefit only those who decided what they would be. Carefully instituted insurmountable obstacles command our decisions by force. These are the only viable ways that allow for their positive outcomes, and we are compromised by all. This [...]

Id Disguised as Ego

Any simpleton can lie. It used to require a great deal of intelligence to be convincing to much more than half of any population.  There was once a required understanding, at least one would hope in society’s idealistic infancy, of several considerations which might allow lies to be so widely believed: the subtlety and nuance [...]

The Advancing Retreat

With each passing age, the shift in life’s necessities prompt the specialization of strength in different areas, different muscle groups, different ways. First, it was the legs, then, the back. The hands and mind followed shortly thereafter. The latter, the ever-evolving intellect, it would prove to be sufficient enough to change the world a way [...]

Believe No Evil

When a decision made by leadership affects certain people negatively, the hope is that the decision has been made with the consequences of that decision in mind and that those unfortunate effects have been thoughtfully overruled by the needs of the greater good. Without being allowed any confidence in that hope, in the faith that [...]

The Age of Enlitenment

(La Liberte an mangeant le peuple) I wonder if these are the last desperate gasps of the old regime or if the revolution is so poorly conceived that nostalgia will pave the way to something much worse. Only the erosion of time will reveal how the highly subjective eye of history will dictate it. How are [...]