The Crisis of Love in America

There’s a song that came out back in the 1980s. Maybe some of you remember it, but most of you have probably never heard of it—or of the man who sang it. (He is still alive, so perhaps I should say “sings” it.) The title of the song is “Love Is Not a Feeling.” I grew up listening to this song, and it continues to influence me. 

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WitGlass Original Poetry: “Every Day on Earth—Draft One”

It’s been fifteen months since I posted my last original poetry. It hasn’t been fifteen months since I wrote my last poem, but a lot has happened in the last fifteen months and WitGlass posts and podcasts took a backseat. This poem was one of the poems I wrote in response to our family dog’s recent death.

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Thoughts on the Advancement of Civilization

All advancement of civilization, society, and culture depends on the consolidation of knowledge (cognition, apprehension, tuition), insight (*re*-cognition, understanding, comprehension, intuition), and skill (wisdom, application).

 

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In the category of “I love it when the same people shower praise on immigrants and then turn around and assume they’re stupid” . . .

The hysteria surrounding vaccines and scheduled vaccinations is well-documented. The term “fever-pitch” comes to mind after reading this article.

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In the category of “progressives prevail” and “glad to know in advance” and “I can scratch this off the list” . . .

“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston.”

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In the category of “excellent article from @fmanjoo of @NYT on ignoring @realDonaldTrump news” . . .

I Ignored Trump News for a Week. Here’s What I Learned.

I can’t say enough good about this piece. It is probably one of the best articles I’ve read about Trump this year—maybe even the best article I’ve read from the New York Times this year (that may not be as high praise as I first thought it was when I started to type it).

On most days, Mr. Trump is 90 percent of the news on my Twitter and Facebook feeds, and probably yours, too. But he’s not 90 percent of what’s important in the world. During my break from Trump news, I found rich coverage veins that aren’t getting social play.

The message of the article is something that all of us need to remember—and that some of us will need to be reminded of repeatedly.

In the category of “my gut response to this was #NSFW and included ‘holy’ and a word that started with ‘f’” . . .

Could cannibalism be ‘perfectly natural’? This scientist thinks so.

Although cannibalism is often depicted as aberrant behavior, Schutt found that it occurs all the time in the natural world. We humans have also long made a habit of consuming our own—Renaissance Europeans drank human blood as medicine; Pacific Islander communities ate the flesh of deceased relatives as a gesture of grief. Schutt even tried a taste of a human organ (don’t worry, no people were harmed in the making of this book).

Oh, I wish I had the time to break this article down fully. There are so many problems with this, so many logical inevitabilities, which I’m sure the author of the book (Schutt) would deny, but which will inevitably develop, anyway, for anyone who adopts the principles he is espousing. Human cannibalism became taboo in the Western world for a reason, and it should remain taboo.

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In the category of “Chris Long (@joel9one) gives a clinic in dealing with online critics” . . .

Chris Long ripped into people criticizing him for not going to the White House

I already linked to Chris Long’s brilliant takedown of someone telling him he must stand in solidarity with his dark-skinned teammates who are boycotting the visit to the U.S. White House, because of its current resident.

He is back at it, dealing this time with some folks now upset with him for his decision to not visit the White House with his teammates who are making the visit. And his responses to critics on Twitter are just as brilliant as his previous response. It’s best if you read it for yourself.

What I’m Listening to Now: Wednesday, 15 February 2017, 2:25 p.m.

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In the category of “outstanding article by @meyers_laura about @Beyonce, babies, and life” . . .

Of course it’s tempting to stomp your foot, wag your finger and say, “I told you so!” in an angsty booze-inspired Facebook status. But this will not make your niece stop calling everyone a Nazi, and it will not change her stance on abortion. You’re her “literally Hitler” uncle. You’re not Beyoncé. It’s just time to accept that and change strategy.

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