Yesterday I was sitting with an old friend for brunch at La Madeleine, a French restaurant that is a cozy spot for a lazy and casual brunch. It was good to catch up with them over a caffeine-fueled conversation after having had my fill of eggs Benedict. As we were talking we began on the… Continue reading Prevention of the Status Quo & the Creation of Justice
Money is power. Money is the root of all evil. Disregard females, acquire currency. Only people who don’t have money say it doesn’t buy happiness. You hear these things a lot when people talk about getting money, acquiring dollars, you know the gist. Money is important, but more than being important, money is neutral. This might seem… Continue reading Making Money: Where Do You Draw the Line Between Greed and Security?
Nobody enjoys seeing destructive conflict in the world. Whether it’s when bombs go off in Chad or a mass shooting in California. It can be shoving in the metro or a shouting match at the workplace. It’s a sad, terrible, and scary reality to know that these kinds of events happen on a regular basis… Continue reading Living in a World of Conflict (Without Being Hopeless)
What do we think of as the state of nature? Have you ever heard of it? Maybe it’s as primal as animals hunting for survival. Maybe it’s the drive to steal or murder. Or maybe when you call 911 and nothing happens. Thomas Hobbes describes it as so, “the ‘natural condition of mankind’ is what… Continue reading Our Modern State of Nature
The Paris attacks happened three days ago. In the span of that time the world was shocked, grieving, and now angry. Very angry. The world is uniting once more under the banner “never forget.” Bombs are being dropped, intelligence is being gathered, and troops are being massed. All with the raging scream, “we will not… Continue reading The World Was Always at War: From Beirut to Paris
If you are white you’ve got privilege. It’s just that simple. There are no if’s, and’s, or but’s to it. But that doesn’t mean you’re a racist or that you’re dressed in a white hood carrying a flaming torch screaming for the rebirth of the Third Reich. It’s how you keep yourself aware of that… Continue reading White Privilege
The election cycle for the 2016 Presidential Election is underway and beginning to rev up to full speed. It started off in almost polar ways for Republicans and Democrats: the Republic candidates being a huge pool of practical unknowns, and the Democrats with their few and far between candidates behind the almost unanimous front-runner Hillary… Continue reading Politics from DC to Oklahoma