The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) defines “interesting” as follows. “Adapted to excite interest; having the qualities which rouse curiosity, engage attention, or appeal to the emotions; of interest.” What exactly does this mean, though? Does being interesting matter?
Nothing is less real than sports. Often surrogated by our grand notions of state and identity, embodied into the fight of Us against Them, American football represents this dilemma every year. Continue reading “Feb 7, 2021. Superbowl LIV: As Real As It Gets”
[Written June 2020]
The world is falling apart. The ones who swore to protect us have turned their guns in our direction, leaving us alienated from ourselves. This makes me think of evil and why it exists. Let’s consider two dimensions of evil—logical and evidential. Continue reading “The Problem of Evil”
[Written June 6, 2020]
Sitting down to meditate, I inhale deeply three times, sensing my body for tension. “In,” I tell myself … “Out.” Usually my hips or knees are tense, but nowadays my entire body is. It’s hard to say given the current state of affairs, but there isn’t much I feel like doing, or capable of doing. My morning meditation is maybe the only moment of peace I’ll have the entire day. 20 minutes of serenity before a whirlwind of news, social media, and whatever horrors the world throws at me today. Of course, I bear the least of the world’s problems, today. Continue reading “Meditation of a Privileged Youth”
The idea behind this interview came from my recent reading of a newly published interview by Eduardo Lago with David Foster Wallace. I am not sure why I was so interested in this interview.
If interviewing yourself is somehow wrong, I apologize from the bottom of my heart. Continue reading “An Interview with Myself”
I have been a basketball player for the majority of my life. I enjoy basketball and most sports to this day. However, I no longer play. In the 11th grade I began reading seriously, as in, actually enjoying it. Previously, reading to me was what it would have been to any other jock that grew up on sports, irrelevant. Now, I read, think and try my best at writing. I’m still learning, as we all are.
My transition from basketballs to books arose out of pure curiosity. I’m glad for that. I was never forced to read, write or question the way I thought about life. Had I been forced, who knows how much I would resent the topics of Philosophy, Psychology, Computer Science, Literature and History.
As I take a step back in preparation for my first year in University, I’ve come to notice some patterns that I use to approach learning, particularly when it comes to new subjects. In order to develop some context I’d like to give you an example of what my previous approach looked like throughout grade school and high school until grade 12: Continue reading “Learning and Living”
Ads are everywhere. We see them, we click on them, we very rarely enjoy them. However, one thing that has revolutionized the Advertising Industry over the last decade is Ad Personalization. This software has completely changed ads over the years and it is now becoming more important than ever to be aware of what corporations know about you (I’ve also been watching way too much Mr. Robot). Continue reading “Ad Personalization: How Society Knows You”
Where did all these boxes come from?
It seems like everything we do happens inside a box, inside a bigger box, inside a bigger box, ad infinitum. For most of us, there is nothing else. We eat in a box, sleep in a box, work in a box, anything and everything happens inside a box. By box I mean something created for the human species to occupy, take care of and expand. There are physical boxes outside of us, but there are also theoretical boxes inside of us. We must pay just as much attention to the latter kind. Continue reading “Box Theory”
I often feel as though I am not qualified enough to discuss certain topics, write certain words, draw certain drawings, read certain books, go certain places, reach out to certain people; every area of life contains people more “qualified” than I. Thinking about why I feel this way, I’ve come to realize that it’s incredibly self destructive and it needs to stop. It is the only way for me to grow and increase my knowledge, discover new areas of life. The worst thing that I, or anyone, could possibly do is hesitate to seize an opportunity because of the fear of their credentials. They mean absolutely nothing. Continue reading “Careers and Complaints”