Another culture

Monday, November 24th 2014

There is one way to understand another culture, living it. Move into it, ask to be tolerated as a guest, learn the language. At some point understanding may come. It will always be wordless. The moment you grasp what is foreign you will lose the urge to explain it. To explain a phenomenon is to […]

Phone Wars

Monday, June 20th 2011

You bring up war, poverty, or famine in conversation  and you’ll find a barren vacuum of opinions. You announce what kind of phone you have and you’ll spend the next hour enduring an obnoxious holy war. The Oatmeal

Gossip Gone Wild

Friday, January 29th 2010

Remind me to write a popular article on the compulsive reading of news. The theme will be that most neuroses and some psychoses can be traced to the unnecessary and unhealthy habit of daily wallowing in the troubles and sins of five billion strangers. The title is ‘Gossip Unlimited’ — no, make that ‘Gossip Gone […]

Prude

Thursday, January 28th 2010

A prude is a person who thinks that his own rules of propriety are natural laws. You are almost entirely free of this prevalent evil. Jubal Harshaw in “Stranger in a strange land” from Robert A. Heinlein

Love

Wednesday, January 27th 2010

Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. Jubal Harshaw in “Stranger in a strange land” from Robert A. Heinlein

Jealousy

Tuesday, January 26th 2010

Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition. The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy — in fact, they are almost incompatible; one emotion hardly leaves room for the other. Jubal Harshaw in “Stranger in a strange land” from Robert A. Heinlein

Revolution

Tuesday, December 1st 2009

Revolution is an art that I pursue rather than a goal I expect to achieve. Nor is this a source of dismay; a lost cause can be as spiritually satisfying as a victory. “Moon is a harsh mistress” from Robert A. Heinlein

Compulsory taxation

Friday, November 20th 2009

Comrades, I beg of you do not resort to compulsory taxation. There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him. in “Moon is a harsh mistress” from Robert A. Heinlein

Women

Monday, November 16th 2009

Women are scarce; aren’t enough to go around that makes them most valuable thing in Luna, more precious than ice or air, as men without women don’t care whether they stay alive or not. in “Moon is a harsh mistress” from Robert A. Heinlein

Anointed kings

Saturday, November 14th 2009

At one time kings were anointed by Deity, so the problem was to see to it that Deity chose the right candidate. In this age the myth is ‘the will of the people’ … but the problem changes only superficially. in “Moon is a harsh mistress” from Robert A. Heinlein