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 [...]

Octothorpe Oblivion

There is no point in distinguishing lies from the truth once it is all confined to perception. Minds made up to believe or reject without regard for evidence cannot be persuaded by even their own personal witness. Accept what we prefer, reject all else, this is the motto of our time as it was in [...]

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 [...]

Humanity Graded on a Curve

At our absolute worst, we consistently allow our need for personal satisfaction and comfort to precede those same needs in others, from the nameless and faceless, to those with whom we are personally invested. At our best, we do the same, just a little less often, and, in some cases, we feel the regret for our [...]

The Moderation Defamation

(Death of the Middle) At the same time, the most terrifying and the most useful thought a person can have: “What if they’re right, and I’m wrong?” We see other people as beyond human form. They are the savior or the Antichrist, or the Devil or as praise worthy as ancient idols, they are the [...]