Paradoxes of the Suicide Rate

Is society opposed to suicide? While as a normative value, by the indications of its expressed position, it is resoundingly opposed to suicide and wishes to reduce the incidence of it to the maximum degree possible the suicide rate in Western societies is exploding. Curious is it that a society with such a strong normativeContinue reading “Paradoxes of the Suicide Rate”

Liberality and Reticence

                I’ve written a lot about grudges and how quick people are to hate over so little so intensely for so long. And the increase in loneliness and the decline in romantic relationships. All of these fall along the spectrum of liberality versus reticence. In the earlier article where I illustrate the differences in theContinue reading “Liberality and Reticence”

Advocacy and Self-Pity: How to Avoid the Latter While Doing the Former

                As an extrovert with an expertise in communications and politics, it is a civic duty that I represent my people and my best utilities to do that include my own personal experiences and using them means telling sob stories from my personal history. In doing so, I feel less emotional about them than I’mContinue reading “Advocacy and Self-Pity: How to Avoid the Latter While Doing the Former”

The Freakish Organics: The Platonic Version of Pornography

                It has often been said that social media avatars are a perfected version of the people behind them and that this elicits the dismay of whoever compares themselves to that avatar and this contributes to numerous psychological maladies. There is, however, another aspect of the avatar that likewise contributes to such maladies and thatContinue reading “The Freakish Organics: The Platonic Version of Pornography”

The Science of Forgiveness

Why is it so difficult for people to forgive or makeup with others over fairly asinine and petty causes? One of the major reasons, it seems, is a cognitive bias known as the “End of History” bias which has that people, mostly, see their current selves as the epitome of their lives and that theirContinue reading “The Science of Forgiveness”

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”

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”

The Core of Political Morality

Having spent most of my adolescent and nascent adult life in politics,  I have seen and commented on, including on this website, the tribalism and rancor both in the field of politics and outside of the field which, given the ubiquity of the politics, it doubtless influences. Yet, politics is a moral vocation for manyContinue reading “The Core of Political Morality”

The Internet is Suburbia, Except Worse

As a social scientist, one of my focusses of study has been social and physical infrastructure and how those affect human psychology and sociology. Specifically, one of my greater fixations is on the many facets of urban planning and how the design of the systems and topography within a human environment affects the people withinContinue reading “The Internet is Suburbia, Except Worse”