And how to comprehend it (without fear-porn)
When an issue is as enormous as man-made climate change meets the human mind, it crumbles and loses significance due to its sheer size and gravity.
The implications of such a phenomenon are so catastrophic and so frightening to us that it rattles our collective soul and we refuse to accept it. We either shut it out of our lives and pretend it is not important, or we continuously act like we don’t understand it; that it’s too convoluted and complex for the non-scientifically orientated.
The fact of the matter is, however, that…
Misrepresentations Lead to Misguided Beliefs
Media coverage of poverty and impoverished individuals is a troubling subject, yet one which has become extremely important to examine in closer detail.
Depictions of the average person’s daily struggles are scarce at best and, for the most part, the majority of those living under the poverty line are either misrepresented, depicted as criminals and vagabonds or completely invisible — nonexistent and nowhere to be seen.
With the vast majority of people in Europe and the US struggling to make ends meet, this seems a rather curious and interesting oversight. Sure we relish in the…
And most Millennials cannot afford it
For those unfortunate souls who fall within the Millennial bracket, becoming a fully-fledged adult has become an odd kind of luxury; one that we would embrace at the first opportunity, yet one that seems to elude most of us well into our 30s and beyond.
Career stability, marriage, children and all the accoutrements of adult life have been denied to us in a manner utterly alien to every preceding generation, who transitioned into adulthood unconsciously, as a matter of course.
Coming of age in the financial crisis era of 2008–9 meant that many of…
via capitalism, phony democracies and wealth inequality
One of the first things an alien civilization observing humanity as a whole would note is that we seem to have stopped evolving; not only physically, but psychologically, socially and in every other way imaginable.
The level to which this is happening and the consequence for our species is sadly incomprehensible — with any kind of scale or speed of the devolution too illusory to grasp. But the symptoms of it are all around us and the rationality for it exposes itself at every given opportunity.
I believe that our progression as a…
It’s time for us all to stop playing this rigged game
What you have done to deserve your lot in life is a question that beleaguers many people the world over, including myself. Life, these days, is mostly a gamble; it is a casino of chaotic games and random prizes. Sometimes, the wheel of fortune spins in your favour and you win rich parents or a good job, yet mostly the pin gets stuck in a grey zone and you’re forced to make your own luck.
The sad fact of the matter is, the majority of us are not likely…
You’re not the only one.
The “new normal” is a nebulous term, yet after twelve months straight of varying Coronavirus restrictions, we have globally come to understand what it is intended to mean. The anniversary of a year of lockdowns spent basically under house-arrest has hit many of us hard and we can do little else but wonder where the year went and why we still feel so traumatized and frustrated by its passage.
Regulations on our freedom of movement stand out to me the most. …
How we punish benevolence and reward sociopathy
I have noticed a peculiar feature of our social system; an aspect both inherent in it and integral to its base foundation. It is a self-defeating tendency and one that precludes the ability to live in peace or develop as a society.
It is everywhere around us and yet we act like we do not notice it. …
Does “Success” Still Exist Amidst the Chaos, Calamity and Collapsing Structures of the Modern Era?
The markers of success for each individual, regardless of creed or culture, change and transform with every respective generation. What may have traditionally indicated success at one time, does not necessarily translate to another period and vice versa. A person we consider fairly accomplished today could be someone viewed as, not only a failure in times of yore, but a pariah, a heretic, a lunatic.
Up until the 1950s, and even later in many states, a woman who married a rich man with a good…
Communism Meets Capitalism in a Totalitarian Tango
The stunning rise of The People’s Republic of China over the past three decades has caused many observers to focus their gaze on this Red Dragon with a mingled sense of awe and trepidation.
Who could have imagined in the 1960s or 70s that a country viewed as primitive, agrarian and packed to the brim with humble peasant-folk could, within the space of a few short decades, become a serious global player and an economic powerhouse of the modern world?
China’s meteoric ascension is truly unprecedented, for they managed to accomplish in 30…
History does not repeat, but it rhymes
“Sometimes the poor are praised for being thrifty. But to recommend thrift to the poor is both grotesque and insulting. It is like advising a man who is starving to eat less. For a town or country laborer to practice thrift would be absolutely immoral. Man should not be ready to show that he can live like a badly-fed animal.” — Oscar Wilde
The evolution of medicine, technology and sociological liberties, such as those won by racial and gender rights movements, has raised the standard of living for the majority of people in…