You are dismayed to find that millions of your countrymen prefer slavery to freedom.
Then someone reminds you that freedom is an historical anomaly, while subjugation has been the rule for most of human history. This sense of perspective us supposed to make you feel better.
The truth is that we cannot simply focus on the few who seek to oppress us. We also need to confront and vanquish the many in our midst who WANT to be oppressed.
The Great Escape
I have become increasingly aware that, no matter how arguably blessed my life may be at any moment, I have limitless capacity to convince myself that my happiness depends on something I lack.
For the past week, temperatures in the Chicago area have stood at record sub-zero levels. Yet I live in a warm, comfortable home. I glide from place to place in a warm comfortable car. Environmental conditions which have wrought widespread human devastation in other places and times are little more than a minor inconvenience to me. Read More
Lately, I have been working to address my lifelong issues with procrastination. I know this is something I should have resolved at a much earlier point in my life, but I’ve just kept putting it off.
So much has changed since I was in school.
Last night, the Chicago Bears played a game against the Green Bay Packers. My level of interest in that event is reflected in the fact that a day later, I still have no idea who won. In the midst of doing other, more important things, I stopped into a local pizza shop for a quick slice and a beer. They were broadcasting the game on several televisions, but it was fortunately in some sort of weather delay. Read More
I understand the Pittsburgh Steelers have decided to stay in the locker room during the National Anthem, rather than take the field for their scheduled game against the Chicago Bears. Pathetic and sad. I have been a Steeler fan for forty years. I have been American longer. Now I’m told I have to choose between the two. Done and done. #FtheNFL
Okay, maybe it’s just the 12-year-boy in me, but I have to think this is one product name that could have benefited from a bit further review by a marketing professional (or maybe an entire team of marketing professionals).