Tag Archive: humor

Apology for an NPC

Everyone is the protagonist of their own life, the hero of their own story, but where do we fit as individuals on the grander scale of things? Two of the most profound influences… Continue reading

Use and Misuse

Abusus non tollit usum. “Misuse does not nullify proper use.” In other words, doing something wrong does not eliminate the potential to do the same thing correctly, but everything sounds better when you… Continue reading

How to Live Forever

The worst part of knowing you’re alive is the knowledge that you’re going to die someday. People in every generation have thought about this, worried about it, and tried to avoid the inevitable… Continue reading

Cosmic Rock, Paper, and Scissors

The number three has had profound influence on human cultures in most times and places. One of the most important groupings of three is that of Mind, Body, and Spirit. These are disparate… Continue reading

Emotions: Fight Fire with Water

Emotions are natural, instinctive states of mind deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationships with others.If Reason is what separates us from animals, then emotions are what bring us back together. Sometimes they… Continue reading

Twelve Traits to Live By

We live in a complex world, full of data and decisions that can be overwhelming. In order to deal with this excess of stimulus, human beings have developed tools and skills that can… Continue reading

Old Scholarship and the Secrets of the Cliff Dwellers

I. We all know books are fun. According to posters on the walls of elementary schools, books are magical conduits that can take us to distant times and far away places. Old Books are… Continue reading

Sun Tzu: The Art of Sickness

I. Sun Tzu’s The Art of War is one of the most widely quoted books ever written. The collective guidance of the ancient Chinese general is still the preeminent source on military strategy, even… Continue reading

On Being Young in an Old World

I.  Age demographics are an important aspect of society. For much of history there have been more old people than young. This was due to a variety of factors, including the fact that… Continue reading

Ancient Philosophy and the Origin of the Universe

I. Sometimes our modern understanding of things can be informed by how people long ago thought about the same things. Just because they didn’t have electricity or microscopes doesn’t mean ancient people were… Continue reading

The Heirs of Byzantium

Even though the past is gone, it never really goes away. People, societies, and civilizations can have a lasting impact long after their own demise. We are all, in some way, the heirs… Continue reading

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