Mercenaries On Vacation

Our own understanding of our importance is one of our most defining tragic flaws because it first gives us a false sense of overarching accountability. What we feel we are accountable or responsible for is our source of pride. This pride has a tendency to grow, allowing us to believe that our initial importance is [...]

Vonnegut and the Mistake Machines

Vonnegut probably would have said that people are Mistake Machines. We all make mistakes, and we are as prolific and proficient at making them as we are at making anything else we have ever made. He also may have said that the best Mistake Machines of all are also fantastic Apology Machines because, while we [...]

The Myth of Plural Pronouns

Politics are a scam to get you to use plural pronouns when describing your affiliation to one of the two main political parties. We, us, they, them; if you’re an average American, you’re not really on either of those teams, you can’t afford to be. Trust that any benefit of their triumphs which extends to [...]

Death on Vinyl

I’m waiting for that record scratch moment when something so insane and horrible happens that the whole country stops and goes “OK, wait, this is not cool!” and we can all agree on a more reasonable compromise for the better. It may be too late. We may be past our ability to be affected as [...]

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 [...]