On Accidentally Smashing One’s Idols

I broke my smartphone, but not on purpose. Perhaps it should have been on purpose- as someone prone to the perils of workaholism, I had developed the tendency to check the thing far more than necessary.  It wasn’t the smartphone’s fault; before, when I had been the slightly embarrassed owner of a more conventional and less tricked-out flip phone, my […]

Thee and Thou in the Here and Now

Being at least partially, though unwillingly, a product of modernity, I somewhat understand the forced evolution of language. While the generations before us melted words over decades, following the natural flow of tribal vernacular that morphed ‘Caesar’ into ‘Czar’ or ‘Kaiser,’ today’s progressive culture has pushed the hand of language to eliminate and replace language at an even more rapid […]

The Death of the Definition

Recently, I was party to a debate that was attempting to discover the true definition of a particular word. Of course, one’s knee-jerk reaction might be to suggest to the debaters that they consult their friendly neighborhood dictionary. Unfortunately, however, our current mode of language makes the effort to define words, particularly conceptual ones, a much more labor-intensive pursuit. The […]

Truth in Advertising

A few years ago while working in marketing, I found myself briefly and casually engaged in conversation with a young woman who worked as a “trend forecaster.” Suspicious of such an obviously Orwellian job title, I asked her about this mysterious career. She informed me that it was her duty to comment on what was “natural” to consumers; that is, […]

Willing Brains and Weak Bodies

“…he is truly a nonbeliever who thinks he believes something which he really does not believe.” –Leo Tolstoy My spiritual wiring is primarily intellectual rather than emotional.  My brain was Catholic before my heart was.  As such, I have a latent mistrust of things that have what I perceive to be an overly emotional quality to them.  I cringe at […]

On Accidentally Smashing One’s Idols

I broke my smartphone, but not on purpose. Perhaps it should have been on purpose- as someone prone to the perils of workaholism, I had developed the tendency to check the thing far more than necessary.  It wasn’t the smartphone’s fault; before, when I had been the slightly embarrassed owner of a more conventional and less tricked-out flip phone, my […]