Action figures

During my lifespan I have adopted rather divergent standards of action, usually translated as athleticism — for in this day and age, it is the select few who find action as anything but luxury undertaken when workload and home life allow. It began with running around, (typically after I’d read plenty) climbing trees, swimming, gymnastics, […]

Legal theories and medical crises

The American medical system is suffering from two epistemological errors: the idea that to get any medical treatment you must get a certified doctor’s sign-off, and the idea that if you don’t, you can sue somebody for millions. You can talk all you want about evil insurance companies, but the cost of medical care in […]

Personality’s light touch

I’ve been on this personality kick, but something I haven’t really considered much is this: how do these different personality types fit into different cultures? Different microcultures? One person, for example, pointed out that although there are introverts and extroverts within his family, in the outside world, they would all be considered introverts. In a […]

The cult of the beautiful stranger

What do dreadlocked European hitchhikers, inner-city 14-year-olds and ancient bar rats have in common? Perhaps the unspoken desire to “surrender myself into the arms of a beautiful stranger… who really loves me.” This paradox is the modern, shall we say, cult of the beautiful stranger, and it has permeated nearly every romantic ideal in our […]