Monthly Archives: January 2021

Should You Move Out of the USA if Possible?

The good advice (original title: Le bon conseil), by Jean-Baptiste Madou.

(Update Jan 20, 2021 – These concerns have been slightly lessened with the election of competent, moral leadership in the USA. However, the damage done over the last 40 years by Republicans will take decades to reverse. For more see “The Best Countries to Live In.”) Continue reading Should You Move Out of the USA if Possible?

Writing About Timeless Themes

“Hegel and Napoleon in Jena” (illustration from Harper’s Magazine, 1895)

Lately, I have felt conflicted as I start to write a post. Should I write about timeless topics like the meaning of life and death, cosmic evolution, truth, beauty, goodness, justice, love, etc. or should I pen a short essay about current events, especially political ones? Continue reading Writing About Timeless Themes

The Black and White Brothers—Warnock and Ossoff

Warnock in August 2020 Jon Ossoff on Showtime.png

By Andris Heks

When I heard the two Georgian Democratic candidates for the Senate in the Georgian run-off Senate election, the Reverend Raphael Warnock, the eleventh of twelve children from a poor Afro-American family and Jon Ossoff, a white documentary maker from a refugee Jewish mother, introduce each other at Biden’s election rally as ‘black and white brothers’, tears came to my eyes as I had a flashback to my experience with a very different pair of ‘black and white brothers’ in Australia a long time ago! Continue reading The Black and White Brothers—Warnock and Ossoff

Cosmological Immortality

Clément Vidal‘s essay, “Cosmological Immortality: How to Eliminate Aging on a Universal Scale” discusses various scenarios of cosmic immortality.1 Vidal says that we might worry about the far future because, for example, we may come to live extremely long lifespans or we simply care about future beings who will live there. Continue reading Cosmological Immortality

Yes, America Is Descending Into Totalitarianism

Photo of Hannah Arendt in 1975

(Given recent news in the USA I thought it valuable to reprint this post from 4 years ago.)

In an ever-changing, incomprehensible world the masses had reached the point where they would, at the same time, believe everything and nothing, think that everything was possible and that nothing was true … Mass propaganda discovered that its audience was ready at all times to believe the worst, no matter how absurd, and did not particularly object to being deceived because it held every statement to be a lie … “

Continue reading Yes, America Is Descending Into Totalitarianism