Typically, memes are an oversimplification of complex issues. They are rough 2-D representations of a nuanced world. Their strength comes from their portability and adaptability. Like viruses, they are easily transmissible due to their ability to convey an idea while requiring minimal mental bandwidth. And like viruses, they evolve and transform to become more effective.
Arthur Fleck is not a strong man. He shares the same mentality as most high-profile serial killers and school shooters: weakness. People like this may agree with me that the world is horrible and unfair, but they crumble under the pressure of these thoughts. They get lost in the despair and hopelessness of this notion. For some reason, all of these people one day decide that they should take on the role of God, casting judgment and sentencing. They should deliver justice with their own hands. They are responsible for punishing those that caused their despair. They decide that you get what you deserve. What a terrifying thought.
Last month I had the pleasure of sitting down and talking with a good friend and fellow Marine, John McCarthy. John is a brilliant and talented guy who I've had the opportunity to suffer with during our time in the Marine Corps.
The muscles above your knees are tense. You feel the splitting pain in your shins as each foot pounds the concrete beneath you. What was once a controlled breath through the nose and out the mouth is now a labored gasp as your body arches further and further forward. Your clothes are soaked. The sweat … Continue reading Finding your Fuel
You don't have to go far in your ancestry to find tough men and women who contended with nature and adversity. Whether it was in war, wilderness, or want, hard men and women created the abundance of modernity. While every generation has claimed that the one following it had it made, only recently have a majority of people been allowed to flip the game of life to the EASY setting.
These conflicts oceans away have implications for us in the US. Echoes of what could become are warnings to us as deep wounds are reopened, spilling forth resentment and guttoral calls for social justice and affirmative action. Race and politics do not mix. Race and law do not mix. When race and law become intertangled with in one another, the only result is resentment. Every law that is passed with race in mind is another stepping stone down a very divisive path. One that no nation should pursue.
I'm always skeptical when someone tells me about themselves. It isn't that I think they're lying. It's that one's self-appraisal is more often than not a representation of how they want to see themselves as opposed to an honest assessment.
Just like any currency, the value of our Time can only be realized once we know what we can buy with it. Rephrased within the scope of this series, Time's value can only be understood once we know what other resources we can leverage it for.