Eros: An Obituary (Dispatches from a Dying Democracy, Part I)

Capitalism drives all human interaction away from affection toward profit motive. In the age of dating apps which function as virtual “people stores”, consumer mentality has caused individuals to be commodified into “personality packages” meant for consuming and discarding upon whim (ultimately leading to feelings of dissatisfaction for the user and the used); and in this sense radical egalitarians, within feminism and wider leftism, who seek to bring about the end of romantic love find within the monstrous economic system a strange bedfellow.

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Observations In South America & Exploring Latin American Literature

There is nothing which quite so painfully emphasizes the difference between being alive and being dead than a bustling shopping mall sitting directly across the street from a giant cemetery. But perhaps the contrast only exists in the mind of a white Western man after coming up in a culture steeped in nearly three centuries of naturalist Enlightenment thought. Because for the residents in Buenos Aires (and, frankly, the rest of South and Central America) the barrier between this world and a world of the shadows has never been a concrete wall, but more like a curtain which the winds of mystery occasionally blow open so that both sides may interact. Altars are built for the dead, prayers are said to them, and festivals are held in their honor and with their attendance in mind. While fellow non-believers may see such activities as pointless, I beg to differ. These cultural rituals and perceptions provide amazing catharsis, and are uniquely powerful ways of keeping passed loved ones alive... if only in our hearts.

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Love: The End Of An Art?

Love— at first— if it is true, must be a total loss of agency. If love is true, it must first be a form of madness so violent that it is capable of temporarily destroying the person who feels it if it is unrequited and of lifting that same person up into a state of near-transcendence and ecstasy if it is returned. To say that love must be a "forever fever" would, of course, be unrealistic and idiotic. But there cannot be any denying that love must begin as a fever in order to make the hard work that follows doable and worthwhile. This can make life very complicated because— as most of us know— it is possible to fall in love more than once, it is possible to fall in love with more than one person at the same time, and it's also possible to falsely believe one is in love when one in fact is not. And yet, no matter how we choose to approach the feeling (or fever) of romantic love in our lives, the question still remains of how exactly to "do the work" of love after the fire turns to ember…

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The Origins & Differences Of Rights & Morals

Lately I've been doing a lot of thinking about rights and what their relation is to morality. What exactly are "rights" in the first place? Where do they come from? Are rights "fixed" universal things or are rights subjective? What is the difference between rights and moral truth? As I continue to think about this subject, it appears more and more unlikely to me that rights are "self-evident" and are given to us by a "creator". Might there be a solid case for rights being created and protected by the societies we live in? 

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Why Write About History?

At our core, no matter who we are, the central themes of life are found to be worth preserving by us. Themes such as triumph, pain, happiness, love, and loss. By seeing clearly that the states of being that were a part of the people we read about in history are also a part of us, we see that the saga of man will always contain hope. Thus, to write about history is not to fall victim to nostalgia or idealizing the past, but to instill in people an appreciation of the here-and-now through tales of those who lived (and felt) before we did...

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