An Absence of Merit

Early in life one is instructed in the ways of the world, or so it seems. We are told that the right man/woman for the job will always be chosen by their specific qualifications. The instruction we receive also stresses the importance of a proper education so we can better compete in the fickle job market. So we slave away sure that all of our hard work will pay off in the end. Once we encounter the true nature of the world, we discover it is far less discerning than we’ve been told. In fact, that life is far less evolved and much more petty. Continue reading “An Absence of Merit”

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The New Year

As the new year dawns many of us look forward to starting over, and some look toward the new year with abhorrence or apathy that rivals that of a wax figure facing an approaching inferno. It is neither the beginning or the end, but an opportunity to expand one’s knowledge and learn from the experience of our years and apply it in new and more cunning ways. One shouldn’t tally up their list of failures as the year closes out, but instead, make ready to meet the new year as the last with a determination to succeed. Failures are unimportant, never giving up is all that matters when it comes to goals and life. Continue reading “The New Year”

Shadows of Yesterday

The past is always relevant in that one can learn from the experiences garnered there. It is nice to sit and reminisce about our imagined glory. It can seem like yesterday, and eons ago simultaneously. Focusing on the positive can be rejuvenating for the mind and propel one to new challenges. The horrors of the past though are another story entirely.

History is cyclical, and as much as we might like to believe we have evolved and moved past our more barbarous selves, humans only change in infinitesimal ways. The same animal instincts that drove us millennia ago still fiercely inhabits us today. We still compete with each other for resources and mates. When we are not fighting real wars, we simulate combat in competitive sports, designed to prove superiority over another. While it’s probable that over the course of thousands of years we may adapt to a more civilized existence, we are primarily barbarians with new toys and a slightly improved wardrobe. Continue reading “Shadows of Yesterday”

‘Et Tu, Brute?’

I’m sure most of us are familiar with the Shakespeare tragedy, “Julius Caesar”. In it, much like in real life the Roman emperor is assaulted by a mob of Senators driven by fear and envy on the Senate floor. When Caesar sees his friend, a man he trusts among the conspirators wielding a knife, his will to live leaves him. He allegedly utters the words “Et Tu, Brute?”, Meaning and you, Brutus? At that moment, this betrayal took the fight out of him, and he threw his robe over his head as his “friend” struck the killing blow. Duplicity from those we trust tends to do more killing than a knife ever could because it destroys the fiber of our being a piece at a time. Continue reading “‘Et Tu, Brute?’”

Cycles

Early on in life, a person looks at everything as if it’s new and unique to that individual.The person grows older and begins to notice the patterns of events and people they have met along the way. Things no longer appear new but have a slightly different hue and perhaps in the case of people character aberrations. It is not only the personalities of various characters in life that appear to be facsimiles of those we’ve interacted with before. You begin to notice that even the appearance of people doesn’t vary much from what seems maybe hundreds of templates. It makes sense then if personality and appearance only evolve to the point where one witnesses approximations of that they have viewed before that history would also exhibit this abnormality. Continue reading “Cycles”

Prima Facie

Throughout the history of mankind people in positions of power have occasionally wielded that power like a club to bludgeon favors out of those that they perceive to be their inferiors. Using one’s ability in such a way is never honorable, and it’s a real cowardly use of a lofty position. With great power comes great responsibility. It is not a responsibility to better one’s self at the expense of others but if you can, better yourself while improving the lives of those around you. Continue reading “Prima Facie”

Authenticity

I am on what seems a never-ending search for truth in a world that has carefully and in some cases not so carefully constructed a countenance not consistent with palpability. I don’t approach life like other people, people that are all to content to believe in narratives that are consistent with their personal views. I abhor anything that isn’t genuine, and as a result, I seem to exist within the tiniest minority on this plane of existence. I don’t for a second believe I am somehow superior to these other ‘individuals’. However, I do use the term individual loosely. Continue reading “Authenticity”

The Brevity of Existence

Life is conceived in a brief moment. Like a flash of lightning, it is ignited, and in that same instantaneous flash, it can end. We begin life in our early years sure of our future and confident of the greatness we will achieve.  Life is a wonder to behold, and the possibilities seem endless. It is impossible for the young not too long to be older, to go out and do all those great things that they imagined.  Without even realizing it we begin to wish our time away so we can move on to what we consider a grand adventure. Continue reading “The Brevity of Existence”

Law and Justice

All successful empires and nations throughout history all had a system of justice which enabled these entities to survive and thrive for an extended period of time. These societies all had a core set of morals that all citizens agreed with and that made sure that even the poorest amongst them could seek legal recourse when wronged even by the most powerful. Religion was important not a tool of control as many would have you believe but as a moral guideline an assistant to the moral compass that we should all possess.  Laws were then created around this religion as it was known and accepted by the masses. Continue reading “Law and Justice”