The Handmaid’s Tale: a negative side of human adaptability

I finished this dystopian classic by Margaret Atwood and was both impressed and frustrated. I was impressed by how believable the story was. In the afterward the author talks about how she took great care to put nothing in the book that hadn't already happened somewhere in history, and no technology that didn't exist. She …

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Out, by Christine Brooke-Rose

What did I just read? I'm not quite sure. At the end it became slightly intelligible that the POV character was of some higher or lower form of consciousness, and had a brain procedure performed on him. So that sheds a bit of light on the bizarre and confusing way this story was told. One …

digging ditches: the ultimate human achievement?

How many Potential Einsteins, Hawkings, or Nabokovs or Woolfs or Monets or O'Keeffes are out there stuck digging ditches or scrubbing floors in order to survive? How much art and literature and scientific discoveries are the rest of us missing out on in favor of that floor being cleaned by a person rather than a …

Money, the root of all pains

If only we could live without it. I never have had fantasies of being rich and powerful, just of being free to follow my interests and not have my energy monopolized by merely surviving. Why, with all our technology and resources, are we still having the majority of people in our society wasting their lives …

our world is just vibrations

What is light? It brings us information but is itself insubstantial. Sound is has no mass, or weight. Light and sound aren't objects or material in themselves, only energy... motion... but they seem to be most of what our human experience is made of. Someone or something that knew how to manipulate light and sound …

Invented dangers

It seems to me, that when people have no danger or threats, they make up their own. In a country where we can prevent almost every major disease we've encountered, people decide to find danger in the cure... be it doctors, or vaccines. In a country where we produce so much food that we throw …

Time goes on

I saw a bunch of people I haven't seen in years the other day, and it made me think about how you never know which time is going to be the last time you see someone. Say hi to your friends more often, you'll thank your self in the future.