On Repeating History, or Learning From Your Bloody Mistakes

by on August 24, 2016

vMshorter“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
– George Santayana, The Life of Reason

Variations of this quote have been tossed around since it was first penned in 1905- all of them reminding us that the historically ignorant are doomed to its repetition. It’s like a sadder version of that excellent movie Groundhog Day, starring the talented Bill Murray, or like that poor man Sisyphus- forever condemned to push a boulder uphill and never delivering it to any destination. Things apparently happen over and over again until we learn our lessons. We all know that reality is cyclical in so many ways, like seasons and the rising and setting of the sun and the fact that there is always laundry waiting to be washed. Must events of the past echo into the future of the uninformed?

life and death

Of Grief and Time Travel

by on August 4, 2016

timeDarkness and mourning have the power to distort time, to stretch seconds and minutes into days and months. It can happen the other way, too. In the presence of responsibilities in particular, time can be compressed, leaving the impression that payments and papers have crept up on us. And still sometimes, they leave the clock alone entirely. We can rarely tell what will happen when the light is blotted out or joy dies of cancer yet again.

Talking to God

Talking to God: It’s Magic

by on July 13, 2016

Talking to God

I really mostly only read two genres: Theology and Fantasy. I also love a good dystopia or something in a nice post-apocalyptic setting, but so many of those stories are subpar lately. The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner pale in comparison to some good old 1984 or Brave New World or really, any Ayn Rand. Her philosophy is terrible and will always end in devastating destruction (insert subtle, yet poignant political statement here), but at least she was willing to follow through to that end in most of her writing. And she knew how to create good characters.

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