On Hope

The definition of hope is (n.) the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best; (v.) to believe, desire, or trust.

What is the point of hope? In Greek mythology, hope was the only 'good thing' encased within Pandora's Box. Its existence allowed for mankind to cope with all the 'bad things' that escaped - envy, greed, sickness, hate, etc. It is argued that hope makes all the difference in the world. However, is it not strange that a box filled with 'bad things' would contain something 'good'?

Hope is not necessarily a 'good thing'; hope is often an illusion. Hope is derived from expectations - a belief in a positive outcome which is often not based in reality. When a person believes their expectation of a certain outcome, then they set themselves up for disappointment.

Now, it's important to discern hope based on evidence from hope based on faith. Telling a friend "I hope you feel better soon"…

On Knowing Value

On Facebook there's a Marketplace where the common go to sell their pre-owned wares. Trinkets, trash, toys and trucks - name it, and there's someone selling it! A quick scroll through this place gives one a glimpse into the unrealistic stupidity that the majority of the world resides in - a world where value is largely unknown.

Economics dictates that when something is sold upon the free market, supply and demand will eventually determine the price. Theoretically, an item can be introduced at an erroneously high price and eventually the public's unwillingness to purchase it will drive the price down to a more reasonable one. Amazingly, economics does not seem hold for Facebook Marketplace! The same individuals will relist the same items at the same prices - over and over again. It seems that the majority are more willing to hoard their items than come to terms with the fact that they simply are not worth what they think.

Please realize that this is a symptom of a deeper is…

On Fake News

The term 'fake news' has become so popular that one would be quite surprised if Merriam Webster did not add it to next year's list of new words. That is, however, if they can agree on a defintiion.

What is the definition of fake news? It would appear that the U.S. President believes it encompasses any news that reflects him negatively. He, after all, has practically coined the phrase!

The truth of 'fake news', however, is a much deeper issue.

Long gone are the days where one can pull up a search engine, type in a word or phrase, and actually believe what the resulting links tell us. Long gone are the days where one could 'share' a news article online and take for granted that what is being reported is the truth.

Oh, the oxymoron - fake news IS real!

Imagine the hurt in our parents' eyes when they finally realize the news channel they have grown old with is now blatantly biased and purposely telling them everything they want to hear! Imagine the hurt in …

On Positive Irrationality (Guest Submission)

This is a guest submission from a somewhat zany friend who requested to remain anonymous! Look forward to more guest submission posts in the future! Enjoy! 

On Positive Irrationality
Why “Irrationality”?  Reason enables us to make good decisions in pursuit of our goals; it is extremely useful and a vital part of our thinking.  But how do we choose those goals?  Sometimes we choose a goal because it is a part of another goal, or something we see as a necessary step towards another goal, but that only pushes the question back another step or two.  What, in the end, is the wellspring of our motivations?  To find the innermost core of who we are and what we want, it is necessary to look beyond rationality into the realm of emotion and the spirit.
Positive irrationality is a way of approaching life which celebrates the emotional experience, teaching us both to better appreciate it and, ultimately, to better it; it is a philosophy, an attitude, and a spiritual outlook focused on accepting and …

Ode to That One Butter Knife in My Cutlery Drawer That Doesn't Match the Rest

Oh, Oneida knife of butter!
Thou clearly doth not match the others -
my main cutlery is merely off-brand.
Pray tell, whence did thou strand?

Did a visitor bring you of their own accord,
only to absentmindedly leave you behind?

Did I leave a residence with you on board,
and to return you felt disinclined?

Did I spy you in a yard sale cutlery horde,
and the need for a single butter knife sprang to mind?

Nay, these three possibilities seem highly contradictory.
Your origin story remains shrouded in mystery...

Regardless the source, dear Oneida knife of butter, you are eminence!
You're the most widely used butter knife on the premises!
Oh, the allure of fine flatware -
the gleam of stainless steel ensnare,
the weight in my hand most gleeful...
you make buttering pancakes feel regal!

Aye, let's cease this point of origin inquisition!
I shall, instead, adore you most consistence
for your bright brief light, your addition
to an otherwise mundane existence!

Why the Resistance Will Not Be Substantial

We sit around our televisions, smart phones, tablets, and whatever other screens at our disposal, and we word mounted discord, but there is no physical action taken aside from the flapping of lips and the shaking of fists.

We share posts on social media that voice our opinion, either in our own words or by proxy; we hashtag the latest buzz term that best represents our feelings, and we consider this taking action.

We gather with our friends who share our same beliefs, and we talk of the resistance.

The resistance will not be substantial because it would require us to actually act.

A grassroots movement is springing up throughout this nation. People are meeting and forming protests to declare their existence. No doubt these protests will gather large numbers of people for various reasons: to appease their conscience by feeling as though they are doing their part, to be seen, to rubberneck, to agitate and incite, to have something to post on their Instagram wall...but too few will be th…

On Political Division

Political division is creating rifts between family and friends alike - which is what is wanted. What's that old saying? United we stand, divided...

There's another old saying which carries the weight of truth: "I know the fight is on the way, when the sides have been chosen."

Don't pick a political side. Picking a side is what is wanted. Yes, formulate an opinion based on the facts. Yes, agree or disagree with the policies. Sure, form a protest against a policy. But stop short of picking a political side.

When a side is chosen, it automatically encourages us to blindly follow said side. Like the fevered football fan will excuse away their team's blunders as the fault of the opposing team, so too will those who blindly support a political side.

When a side is chosen, it automatically encourages us to be against the other side. Like the avid fan of one football team will automatically disdain anything related to the rival, choosing a political side will ensure…