Cultural Relativism and the South

When I was a freshman in college, I took an intro to Antrhopology course and in the course of it we were taught the traditional postmodernist line that we should respect the customs and morés of cultures. This made me boil with rage and seethe with anger. At that time, I was in the middleContinue reading “Cultural Relativism and the South”

The Culture Shock They Never Mention

On September 7, 2021, I was working as a legal asistant and legislative aide for state legislator and in this capacity I recieved texts and a call from someone who was supposedly his client. He claimed to be a schizophrenic bipolar person in the Al Canon jail on a contraband phone. It soon devolved intoContinue reading “The Culture Shock They Never Mention”

How Society Reacted to the Death of my Mother

Oxytocin is a curious chemical and a fickle one, too. Are empathetic people empathetic? Well, no. Not without a lot of cognitive empathy in addition to their emotional empathy. Absent cognitive empathy, the only endangered species, and I mean this metaphorically and literally, people care about are charismatic megafauna. Whether or not and to whatContinue reading “How Society Reacted to the Death of my Mother”

Politeness and Urgency

When doing politics, which is my life, I often come across a lack of urgency and if pushed to a point, I’ll be rude to the point of cussing. Escpecially when I’m being ghosted or having a commitment violated during the course of a project. I got a text from the boyfriend of someone IContinue reading “Politeness and Urgency”

Hedonist Orthodoxy and Work Ethic

In the previous few articles, I have written about hedonist orthodoxy which is the normative system which has there is a proper and improper way to engage in leisure time. That this is a subnorm based on a subepistime within the broader context of Rawlsian liberal ethics that are the main normative morals of ourContinue reading “Hedonist Orthodoxy and Work Ethic”

Suburbia, Neurodivergence, and the Uncanny Valley

The liberalization of the concept of creepiness is most associated with third-wave feminism yet it is not that movement where it is most problematic. While a modicum of blame may be afforded that movement, they are mostly fine. Creepiness and the terms “creep” and “creepy” are vague and ill-defined and may describe an awkward teenagerContinue reading “Suburbia, Neurodivergence, and the Uncanny Valley”

Apple Juice and Liquor

Often, and I have written about this before, I have been admonished for my sober, chaste, lifestyle devoid of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, and pornography. I should according to them “live some”. I am a published author on Amazon with 5 star reviews for fiction, I write poetry, and much more. I am hardly a squareContinue reading “Apple Juice and Liquor”

On the J.K. Rowling Transphobia Controversy

While I support the trans community, I don’t support all of the hatred that J.K. Rowling has recieved because, for all her faults, she is a solid Labour supporter in the UK and supports progressive causes on almost every issue. With Marine le Pen across the channel in Calais and Boris Johnson commanding a Trump-likeContinue reading “On the J.K. Rowling Transphobia Controversy”

The Death of Type A on the Left

Working in politics and in the nonprofit sector, one thing that is apparent is the lack of Type A personality and the desperate need for it. Any degree of assertiveness is seen as aggressive and impolite even when the world is literally burning. The general response one gets when one acts with the appropriate urgencyContinue reading “The Death of Type A on the Left”

Hedonism and Populism

One of the most curious social phenomenon is that so many decades after the sexual revolution, sex is still regarded as edgy. Same with alcohol. People talk about drinking heavily like it is some bold and radical act of subversion. The Volstead Act hasn’t been a thing for a while. Having never had an alcoholicContinue reading “Hedonism and Populism”