Posts from ‘October, 2009’

The hero is dead; Long live the hero

For those who value the false idea of “equality” in our society, incidents like this cause cognitive dissonance: Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said Paul Langone, 33, of Reading, heard the screams of Dr. Astrid Desrosiers on the fifth floor of an MGH office building on Staniford Street. Langone entered the doctor’s office…

Lawns are a design defect

One of the pillars of modern society is the idea of selling everyone luxuries they not only can live without, but would be better off as a whole never buying into. Private companies and individuals alike buy into needless luxuries. This is in part due to ordinance requirements in some locales. In other cases, like…

The short story

The art of the modern short story can be difficult to grasp. The idea seems to be to replicate the theme, mood, and consistency in a novel, even exploring character development, but keeping it short and thus, perhaps, leaving more to the imagination of the reader. One doesn’t whip through a short story collection; you…

It’s the defrauders, stupid

Real estate agents typically do the least amount of work, and yet make the most amount of money in a real estate transaction. In fact, many real estate agents only do the job part time. This is just another way society rewards the “face” of the operation; the smile that has to actually (gasp!) deal…

The Kumbaya Mentality

Life is paradox between appearance and structure, meaning that what something appears to be is usually the reverse of what it is as an active part in the process of life. In other words, what causes a situation to come about is far removed from the point at which you observe that situation. The earthquake…

Feeding the world causes more starving people

Feeding the hungry poor does not end hunger, but instead expands the quantity of poor and hungry. When is our good intentioned stupidity going to stop paving this freeway to hell? Band Aid was a British and Irish charity supergroup, founded in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise money for famine relief…

Universal morality on its death bed

The War on Inequality continues its slow march to the margins of credibility with this latest piece from the economics angle. “We have to tolerate the inequality as a way to achieve greater prosperity and opportunity for all,” Brian Griffiths, who was a special adviser to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, said yesterday at…

Whipping cheating husbands

We fear for ourselves so much we fear all conflict and all physical consequences. But what if a big pain is needed to avoid a big destructive trend? Most Bruneians want husbands who cheat on their wives to be whipped, according to a recent survey in the Muslim-majority country. “The result of the survey is…

Think outside the box

Modern society, with its rigid rules based on single factors, makes us feel confined and paranoid because we’re told we have freedom, but then each task has seemingly one right way to do it. There’s always a path. So for example, when we confront an obstacle like finding a career, most people give us worthless…

Halloween: when fun subverts meaning

Fillet of a fenny snake, In the caldron boil and bake: Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting, Lizard’s leg, and howlet’s wing, For a charm of powerful trouble; Like a hell-broth boil and bubble. From William Shakespeare’s Macbeth Act IV, Scene I…

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