We live in an age that has a hyper-materialized conception of being. In other words, we live in a time that generally limits what we believe exists, or has being, to what can be observed/sensed in the material world. Though there have been many consequences, positive and negative, that have accompanied the wide acceptance of … Continue reading Hyper-Materialized Predeterminism and the Abolition of Virtue and Morality
"But industrial civilization is only possible when there's no self-denial. Self-indulgence up to the very limits imposed by hygiene and economics. Otherwise the wheels stop turning." (World Controller Mustapha Mond responding to a question about self-denial by the 'Savage,' John) - Brave New World, Aldous Huxley, p. 237. ***For those who have not read Brave New … Continue reading Reflections on Huxley’s Brave New World
It is slightly past noon. I sip my London Fog while I await the arrival of my Callebaut Chocolate Crepe at a trendy cafe in a rather affluent neighborhood. I look around, the cafe is filled with people whose wealth and social status are made evident by their clothing, posture, and general demeanor. I start … Continue reading A Cafe Conundrum
If you have the misfortune of being a male with fair skin complexion in contemporary university culture, chances are you have been told to “check your privilege” – I know I have. To be fair, I grew up as the very archetype of “privilege.” Being the only child of a relatively well-to-do middle-class Caucasian family, … Continue reading Is There Anyone More Privileged than a University Professor?
Virtue-signaling, as defined by the man who coined the term, is “the way in which many people say or write things to indicate that they are virtuous.” He continues by stating that “one of the crucial aspects of virtue signaling is that it does not require actually doing anything virtuous.” This perfectly describes the actions … Continue reading Social Media: The Ultimate Virtue-Signaling Tool
“Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.” - Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America Liberty without morality is, in my opinion, chaos. (When I say morality I mean: "a doctrine or system of moral conduct").¹ I realize this is not a premise that some people can easily accept – if they accept … Continue reading Liberty sans Libertinism
Up until a short time ago, I was absolutely obsessed with liturgical practice in the church. I would watch pastors, celebrants, readers, and acolytes carefully, searching for their every mistake and wondering if the service could still be pleasing to God if they ever messed up or deviated from the prescribed order of a hymnal or … Continue reading Adiaphorous Obsession
Despite the evident and well-documented benefits of nuclear energy, there are many people who continue to see it as “too dangerous” or “too harmful for the environment.” These people have a point: nuclear energy can be dangerous, and in the case of a meltdown, environmentally disastrous as well. Nevertheless, facts show us that nuclear energy … Continue reading Nuclear Energy and Socialism
L.A.R.P. is originally an acronym for Live-Action Role-Play. L.A.R.P. For those who do not know, is when an individual or a group of individuals dress up as either historical or fantasy characters and act out their stories: i.e. a person who dresses in armor carries a sword and attends a medieval festival. However, internet culture has … Continue reading What Internet LARPers and Cultists Have in Common
We live in an age where a person is judged by the letters they do or do not have behind their name. People spend years of their lives and thousands of dollars to earn these letters for the chance of a future; after all, college is the only way? Right? I digress. Nevertheless, in this … Continue reading Is a Credential Economy Truly Liberal?