A conversation with Adam Magness on three vastly different mythological heroes and their virtues: Achilles, the proud warrior. Odysseus, the pragmatic trickster. And Aeneas, the principled leader. These three heroes guided the course of empires. Listen below: or If you liked what you heard, please comment below and let us know what … Continue reading Heroes and the Power of Mythos
The National Anthem is one of the only songs other than the Marine Corps Hymn that gives me the chills. The story it tells of Fort McHenry reflects the deepest good of the American people. It takes a special kind of person to live for something larger than themselves. To be willing to lay down … Continue reading The American Mythos
The word "hero" has taken on a much broader definition in recent years, diminishing the meaning for all. You served on a FOB in the Air Force? You're a hero. You worked as an admin clerk? You're a hero. The lines of what actually makes a hero are so blurred, that almost anything qualifies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvzpxW8mvrw
"Nothing is Sacred," says Man. "Nothing is sacred save SCIENCE!" "We've christened Science, Omni-Science. All-knowing. Infallible. And incompatible with Religion. With ritual. With tradition. And so we've cast religion out. We've burned our Holy Books. We've made our devout, the heretics, and our heretics, the devout. We've erased the divine standard of morality. Man gives law unto … Continue reading The Destruction of the Sacred
In 2005, psychologists Reeder, Pryor, Wohl, and Griswell published a study about the attribution of motive that was featured in the November issue of Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin. They decided to use a then-current hot-button issue as a central part of the study in order to draw out people's most authentic emotion. They asked American … Continue reading On Motive
Can I care about everything? And I mean truly care. Truly empathize to where I will give my time, money, and resources to help solve the problem? And if not, to what level can I care? If I placed your level of care on a spectrum, with one end being "abstract concern" and the other end being "complete dedication of time, money, and resources" to an issue, which side of the spectrum would most of the world's issues lie in your mind?
Thomas Cole. Oil on canvas, 1834, 39 ½ x 63 ½ in. Collection of The New-York Historical Society, 1858.2. The day is further along than in "Savage State". Clouds dance slowly around the mountains. A small village has been established near the bay. Nature and humanity are in harmony. Peasants engage in simple pleasures. From … Continue reading The Course of an Empire: The Arcadian or Pastoral State
Cole's first work in The Course of An Empire series. Depicts the dawn of civilization, the entirety of the picture being in a state of motion. The mysteries of nature swirl about, as if molded from nothing with the outset of the fog. Primitive people dance around a camp fire. Men organize in tribal governments … Continue reading The Course of an Empire: The Savage State
Thoughts, feelings, and beliefs alone are unsubstantiated. They are truth to you and you alone through the schemas and perceptions that your inherently flawed mind creates. Nobody cares what you think, feel, or believe because not all ideas are created equal. And your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs alone are at the bottom of the "weight of an argument totem pole".