Losing a Pity Contest: The Shamelessness of Glamorized Tragedy

            Whenever I talk about my past, I don’t feel sorry for myself and I try to not sell myself as a sob story. Which is a lot of the reason I try to use humor when talking about it. Alas, in a capitalistic society where pity can get many forms of capital, I haveContinue reading “Losing a Pity Contest: The Shamelessness of Glamorized Tragedy”

Hugging and Affection in the Era of COVID

Prior to COVID, I hugged girls and shook hands with or fist bumped boys. It was my invariable style. Every person is my sibling in the human family and it is my duty to express my love for them. To my surprise, when COVID hit there was not only a resignation to less tactile interactionsContinue reading “Hugging and Affection in the Era of COVID”

The Religious Left: Christian versus Buddhist Socialism

                Religion and politics are inseparable because religion is the underlying foundation behind everyone’s ethical philosophy and within the definition of religion I include secular religions like secular humanism which is often practiced through Unitarian or Quaker services. For this piece, I will focus on two religions as they are the two theistic religions withContinue reading “The Religious Left: Christian versus Buddhist Socialism”

Death by Holistic Medicine: My Mother’s Losing Battle With Paltrow Disease

How the Illuminati Killed My Mother (Fake Title)                 Jokingly, I sometimes refer to the Illuminati as a Satanic organization since its purpose was to promote Enlightenment Deism to the detriment of Christianity. My Christianity is liberal but I like pretending it’s paleoconservative. However, that regards the actual Illuminati of the 18th century which wasContinue reading “Death by Holistic Medicine: My Mother’s Losing Battle With Paltrow Disease”

Myths Versus Men: Options for Replacing Statues

            Recently, there has been controversy about statues remaining up. Not only confederate statues but also statues like Winston Churchill, Cecil Rhodes, and many others. These statues have had their strident defenders, as well. Yet, from my perspective the purpose of statues is aesthetic more than commemorative. Instead of focusing the bulk of our statuesContinue reading “Myths Versus Men: Options for Replacing Statues”

Survival on the Spectrum: The Long, Uncertain, Road to Adulthood

                So far, I’ve written a lot about all of the obstacles an autistic person must endure. You’re coming from Syria and the xenophobes and racists do not want you. The obstacles they put in place to keep you from succeeding are too many to count. There is no affirmative action, few accommodations, and fewContinue reading “Survival on the Spectrum: The Long, Uncertain, Road to Adulthood”

John Rawls & Early Childhood Development

Having spent a lot of time in Special Ed and currently working on disability issues and also having done lots of sociology and political science, I spent a lot of time thinking about how those fields intersect. One of the places they intersect is in the area of childhood neglect which has serious negative consequencesContinue reading “John Rawls & Early Childhood Development”

A Lamentation of Art: An Old Romantic’s Longing for Depth

As I say elsewhere on this website, I’m an old-timey romantic. I dearly miss the old anthems and as a youth who drinks the pop culture, as I must, I miss the haunting spirituality, ethereal eternalism, and stalking timelessness of the fables and folktales of the older genres. The dubstep, mainstream hip-hop, and electronic popContinue reading “A Lamentation of Art: An Old Romantic’s Longing for Depth”

Novel Uses of Comedy: A Means of Dousing Flame Wars, Online Vigilantism, and Stopping Cyberbullying

As I have written elsewhere on this website, humor and comedy are one of best and most effective means of reducing hatred, increasing civility, and facilitating forgiveness of opponents. My last blog, the one of the Daily Kos, was banned for having a joke account and having a joke account was one of the biggestContinue reading “Novel Uses of Comedy: A Means of Dousing Flame Wars, Online Vigilantism, and Stopping Cyberbullying”

The Passions and the Prefrontal Cortex in Politics

                Antagonism in politics is an issue that has plagued the discipline since it first arose. Throughout history, to what degree we should empathize with our opponents has been controversial. Furthermore, to what degree emotion should be balanced with science is also. These are very related issues since without the balance of science, the humanContinue reading “The Passions and the Prefrontal Cortex in Politics”