The Confidence Man

An illusion is a key to escaping the harsh realities one faces each day. We dive into television programming or video games knowing that we are willfully participating in deception designed to entertain and distract us from life. This is debatably mostly harmless behavior as if serves as a form of stress relief. It stands to reason that with a vast customer base seeking to be deceived, that many would spring forth willing to oblige.  This has given rise to a seedy underbelly of both men and women that wish to use our predilection for buying into falsehoods to prey on the downtrodden and elderly citizenry. This is primarily relegated to late night television but has also expanded in the form of electronic communication over the internet. Continue reading “The Confidence Man”

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Spiritu in Desertum

Many of us at one time or another feel as if we lack something essential in our lives. Sadly, many spend their entire lives looking to fill a void that they perceive exists within themselves. They do this in a variety of ways, some seeking solace in illicit substances and others looking for someone to rescue them from themselves. We have the solution to this desolation within ourselves, but it often seems more comfortable to go looking outside ourselves. Continue reading “Spiritu in Desertum”

The Virtue of Self-determination

 

Life is like a labyrinthine tunnel with twists and turns that seemingly have no end. One makes the best choices with the information available to navigate the elaborate intricacies of existence. Making sense of it is a constant struggle for us all. It becomes more complicated when others seek to exert their will upon our decisions.  It would appear that there are those that aren’t happy with their own lives, so they wish to spread misery to their fellow man. Do unto others should be a motto by which we all live. I want to see a world where we live and let live, for suffering shall find us all, and we should always avoid visiting it upon our brethren. Continue reading “The Virtue of Self-determination”

Sentence Suspended

I’m sure everyone that has surveyed their local paper has come across the court sentencing section if that is published in your area. What you see there might shock you. One will likely see people sentenced with mostly drug offenses and notice that the entire term is suspended. The police have nothing to do with choosing these punishments, but they are enablers just as a person that watches someone they know consumed by their demons. It is much more lucrative for our “justice” system to put offenders such as these back out on the street. They know they will create more addicts, and add more money to their country club fund. Continue reading “Sentence Suspended”

The Vacillating Multitude

The past can seem like a fable.  Many of us grow up hearing tales of honor and virtue. We understand early on the concepts of loyalty, friendship, and virtuous behavior. It appears that somewhere along the way many of us take a wrong turn and head into a form of existence antithetical to those concepts. The majority now either are too timid to embrace those virtues, or they have discarded them altogether. Continue reading “The Vacillating Multitude”

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”

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”

‘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?’”