Too Easy

"I'm searching for words to describe the period of history we're living through. To say it's unprecedented means little because all periods were unprecedented since history was first discovered. I'm not searching for a complex definition - there are a number of thinkers, such as Zygmunt Bauman, who have taken on this essential task. I'm… Continue reading Too Easy

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The Unworthy

This is a re-telling of a true story. Because I did not remember it as it was told to me, I owe most of the details patched together here to two sources listed right at the very end.   I remember vaguely a story I heard in my college days. About a village by the… Continue reading The Unworthy

‘Freedom to do What?’

In the introduction to her second volume of autobiography, Simone de Beauvoir wrote: “When I had completed my Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter [I had long wanted to set down the story of my first twenty years] no voice spoke to me out of my past, urging me to continue the story. I made up… Continue reading ‘Freedom to do What?’

If we really listen (to #MeToo)

Soul searching after the Aziz Ansari exposé I posted online a link to an article by an anonymous author titled 'I thought I was one of the good guys. Then I read the Aziz Ansari story' because I felt it laid bare what was really at stake. To this a friend responded with the following… Continue reading If we really listen (to #MeToo)

MLK and 3 Paradoxes of Social Progress

Martin Luther King Jr was arrested on April 12, 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama while protesting against racial segregation. While in prison, he read a statement issued in a local newspaper by a set of white “moderate” clergymen denouncing him and his colleagues as 'extremists'. In reply (realizing all too well the gravity and pervasiveness of… Continue reading MLK and 3 Paradoxes of Social Progress

‘Irrationally Exuberant’ Safe Choices

The following extract is taken from a section titled 'Communication In An Age Of Catastrophe' within Jean-Pierre Dupuy's 2012 book Economy and the Future: A Crisis of Faith. Dupuy's work speaks from an edge that is rarely visible today: that between Science and Politics. His work remains ever concerned with industrial and technological catastrophes such… Continue reading ‘Irrationally Exuberant’ Safe Choices

Thinking Systemic Violence

The following extract reproduces in full the sub-section titled 'Violence: Subjective and Objective' from the first Chapter of Slovenian Philosopher Slavoj Žižek's 2008 book 'Violence: Six Sideways Reflections'. Included as a reflective post script to the Žižek extract is a short text ('The Difficulty in Recognizing Violence') by the Playwright Bertolt Brecht, taken from writings… Continue reading Thinking Systemic Violence