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The Mind Virus

The Mind Virus

Tell him that we fucking reprogrammed reality. Tell him that language is a virus and that religion is an operating system and that prayers are just so much fucking spam. ~Technical Boy from Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. In a post-truth reality, the powers that be garner popular opinion by reprogramming reality aligning it with the […]

The Fundamental Attribution Error

The Fundamental Attribution Error

Look deep enough into any person and you will find something shining within. ~Haruki Murakami We judge others by their actions while judging ourselves by our intent. This makes it very easy to cast ourselves righteous and others insufferable, if not downright despicable. In social psychology, it is called the Fundamental Attribution Error.

All People Are My Tribe

All People Are My Tribe

In other people’s company I felt I was dull, gloomy, unwelcome, at once bored and boring… ~Andr√© Gide There exists in the movie Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer an island home for misfit toys, those toys that are different, unwanted, unloved, square pegs in a world designed to accommodate round holes. I have always felt a […]

If Being Abnormal is Normal Does it Follow Normal is Abnormal?

If Being Abnormal is Normal Does it Follow Normal is Abnormal?

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal. ~Albert Camus Normal is a narrow swath on the bell curve accounting for no more than half of all possible values. It is entirely possible that no one individual is fully aligned with the norm. I have never seen the half child making […]

The Arrogance of Rankings

The Arrogance of Rankings

The year was 2081, and everyone was finally equal. ~Kurt Vonnegut Finally equal in 2081? I don’t think so. Removing the arbitrary grades people assign to everyone rendering all equal? It did not happen in Vonnegut’s lifetime. I don’t see it happening in my lifetime. I don’t see it happening in anyone’s lifetime. There may […]

Misfits In The Mirror

Misfits In The Mirror

I’m not strange, weird, off, nor crazy, my reality is just different from yours. ~Lewis Carroll It is with superluminal speed we judge those appearing to be outside our understanding of normal, the fringe element, the dress funny, the rainbow hair. It is with equal speed each of us proudly claims to be a unique […]

Blindfolded by Colored Bits of Cloth

Blindfolded by Colored Bits of Cloth

Flags are bits of colored cloth that governments use first to shrink-wrap people’s minds and then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead. ~Arundhati Roy The world is awash in fake patriotism when they ascribe sacred qualities to objects rather than the underlying principles the objects represent. The US Constitution and Bill of Rights were […]

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