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Of Flocks and Wings

Lurking somewhere in the back of our adult brains is every mother’s admonition If your friends jumped off a bridge, would you? Don’t blindly follow your friends. Sometimes this warning is made explicit. When I went to university in my 40s,… Read More ›

Bread and Circuses

Somewhere around the second century CE, the Roman satirist Juvenal coined the phrase ‘bread and circuses’ which has come to mean placating one’s populace with cheap bribes to distract them from their political grievances. Here’s the logic. Thomas Hobbes observed… Read More ›

Thoughtlets .vii.

Here’s some advice that’s helped me get through life: 1) Life isn’t fair and, 2) You won’t like everyone and not everyone will like you. I doubt I could share this advice with people engaged in and enraged by contemporary… Read More ›