The argument can be stated as such. If you are willing to risk your life for a worthy cause, then you ought to be recognized by others for doing so. Enlisting in the military is risking your life. The military exists to defend a nation. The defense of a nation is a worthy cause. So … More On Veterans
I would like to lay out an argument. If curse words are intrinsically harmful then they should not be allowed to be said in certain situations. Nothing can be intrinsically harmful because of arbitrary reasons. If curse words are intrinsically harmful then it is because of arbitrary reasons. So, curse words are not intrinsically harmful. … More Holy Shit!
Lately I’ve been thinking, and writing, about how nothing in the universe actually matters in any objective sense, and how given that our consciousness is only mud risen to reflect on mud, before becoming mud yet again, we ought not let stress consume us. These fundamental aspects of my belief system are my xanax, my … More Pathy!
I’m an atheist. I don’t think it’s the most interesting thing about me, it isn’t something I need tattooed on my forehead, I have other beliefs that would seem to annoy people who disagree with me far more. None of these things would have been true a decade ago, when I was beating people over … More Of Course There Is No Afterlife! Although…
September 6th marks two important anniversaries in the life of someone to whom I was uniquely close, his name was Don. Don was born on September 6th, 1982, and he died on September 6th, 2011. A neat and tidy 29 years, no remainder. It also, now, marks the birth of the daughter of one of … More Life and Death
The title of this piece is false advice. If you want to hurt people, don’t. If you want to hoard money for no reason while people starve to death, or work menial jobs forever to no happy end, don’t. However, if you want to move to the beach, do. If you want to open an … More Do Whatever You Want, You Have To Anyways.
I am not currently up to the task of either summarizing or analyzing “Rights of Man” by Thomas Paine, which I read recently. A few quotes, very few given the number of powerful and entirely relevant passages available in this work, follow. “It suits his purpose to exhibit the consequences with their causes. It’s one … More Quotes of Thomas Paine
The brakes on the train lock up, they sound like a giant dragging his fingernails across a city wide blackboard. The man sitting on the bridge leans forward, as if he is trying to get a better look. You decide you’ll save the children, one life sacrificed to save five others, that in itself is … More The Trolley (continued)
I picked up this book for essentially no reason at all, it was in the “Staff Picks” section of the library, which is never a driving force in my selection process. Not that I don’t think librarians would pick good books, it’s just that I pretty much ignore recommendations from anyone in regards to anything. … More “Miller’s Valley” by Anna Quindlen
In your town a bridge crosses an expanse of railway tracks that lead to a terminating depot. Often people stand on the bridge, watching the trains roll into their final destination, or take off again. It is not the majestic scenery of the nearby mountains or lakes, but in the context of a city, for … More The Trolley