an obession with first principles

A (Condensed) History of Race

Posted: Wednesday Dec 3rd | Author: JohnO | Filed under: Historical Method, Sociology, Uncategorized | View Comments

Twinge

Posted: Thursday Jul 14th | Author: JohnO | Filed under: Anthropology, Sociology | View Comments

I twinged hard when reading this

I want to be a good person. But I feel like with everyone there’s mostly just darkness and we try to turn on the tiny flashlight inside so there’s a little bit of light. I guess one goal is to make that light larger and larger every day. But who knows? I don’t know anything.

I look over at Claudia, sitting on the couch in the next room, working on her own blog posts, sipping coffee, her long legs stretched out on the coffee table, typing away. She seems very happy. Maybe she’s the one person in the world with no darkness. Sometimes it seems that way to me. Maybe I’m just fooling myself. I hope to god I have the mental skills and acting ability to never take off my mask. I’m afraid for her to see the real me.James


Reflecting Lately

Posted: Friday Jan 28th | Author: JohnO | Filed under: Anthropology, Philosophising, Sociology | View Comments

I have been doing a lot of reflection lately. And I am realizing just how destructive and poisonous our American culture has become. The culture has an expectation of never-ending positive returns, utopia. The refusal to be present in ugly times and ugly places. The refusal to cry that certain things labelled as beautiful are horrifically ugly.

There really doesn’t seem to be a single individual that I have seen who is capable of standing against with a vision and rhetoric to combat it. Because to do exactly that is not pragmatic. We believe in a fatalistic society. And there are dogmas which we will never cross. Never mind that those three combined traits exclude one another. Paradox exists. It is in people.

Let us all be entertained while the world burns. A grim note to be sure. But very few people I have actually met that want to change. They want to do things. They want to make things. They may even want to change the way things are done. But no one wants to change themselves. I hear they exist. I’d love to meet them.

It is a sad day in my mind. I don’t think what the people in Egypt did today could actually happen here. Walmart would have a sale and the mob would be pacified.