I've recently watched The Hobbit trilogy, and images of Tolkien's dwarf kings consumed with greed and gold have stuck with me. For whatever reason, the image of King Thror spinning around in a state of dazed confusion among his treasure, and the image of Thorin becoming corrupted by the same gold bounty have replayed through … Continue reading Do We Need Some Type of Limit?
This last week Ezra Klein interviewed British journalist John Higgs for his podcast. About midway through the episode they talked about difference between people from the Millennial Generation and those from Generation Z, the following generation that is the first generation to grow up with smart phones. One of the differences they highlighted was in … Continue reading Fencing Out the World
Lord of the Rings can be read as a reaction against the industrial age, a reaction against military might, and a reaction against colonial conquests. The most clean, well functioning, and happiest places in the book are places of nature, where hobbits live peacefully with plenty in the shire, and where elves live with wisdom … Continue reading Do What Is In Us
I do almost all of my writing for this blog in the morning. For whatever reason, thinking clearly in the evening (at least clear enough for writing) feels impossible for me. Once I have gone through an entire day, once I have spent my mental capital at work, listened to podcasts, and had dozens of … Continue reading Morning Counsels
In general, in most of our lives, we probably do not get yelled at by other people too often. We also probably don't do that much yelling at other people either. I don't have kids, so usually if there is something that I really want to yell about it happens when I am sitting alone … Continue reading Hatred Hurts Itself