Can you afford a Ferrari?
If your answer is “no” then you shouldn’t have a child. Or so my friend’s simple algorithm states.
The Greatest Showman was a nice reminder of why this algorithm is right: kids are expensive, kids are demanding, kids are adorable, kids are about the largest responsibility a human can undertake, and all reasonable parents will want to provide their kids pleasant lives. Continue reading
Ryan Reynolds is funny. Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool is funny. His humor almost said something important re: gender equality, what captures human attention, fitting in, regret and ugly people. I was less amused than I was during the first Deadpool. Continue reading
I need to rewatch Song to Song.
That thought filled my head as the film concluded. Song to Song was beautiful, immersive, intimate, moving, and yes, a little weird, in ways that few films are. Those facts alone are not enough to compel a rewatch. This one is: Song to Song contained themes that provided me that feeling that fuller absorption would teach something important about life.
So I rewatched and yup, that feeling was accurate. Continue reading
Thinking how to think is a primary benefit of a good education. You might never have to use the Pythagorean theorem again, but those math problems involved a level of learning that will, in fact, be used again.
Like how to control your emotional response when something is a bit challenging and/or frustrating and/or pointless. Continue reading
First get a handle on safety, hunger and health. Then deal with loneliness.
Because if you can solve loneliness after knocking out the first three, what more do you really need? “Love” you may say. “Meaning” you may say. “Purpose” you may say.
I say those are just manifestations of anti-loneliness. Take love for instance. Take a single moment. If you really, truly feel loved in that moment, can you feel lonely? I say “no.” Continue reading
“Stop. Don’t tell me.”
It’s not that you doubt the veracity of what comes next; it’s that there are certain parts of reality you’d rather not learn about.
One of those parts for me is the gruesomeness of true violence. Continue reading
Poor people aren’t necessarily voting against their own self-interest when they support tax cuts for the rich.
America is built on the idea that individuals can build themselves a better future. Even if social mobility has declined, that fundamental ideal remains. With it in place, one can believe that his/her current tax bracket isn’t static, so a vote for lower taxes across the board could very well be beneficial for that voter in the future. (Note: Basically all tax cuts “for the rich” are just across-the-board tax cuts; it’s not as if marginal rates are being raised on people in the $9,326 – $37,950 bracket while being cut for people in the highest bracket. In an environment of general reductions, of course rich people benefit since they pay so much tax. For instance, in 2014 the top 1% paid 45.7% of income taxes. This is more than the entire bottom 90% combined.) Continue reading
You ignore someone and it’s totally fine. Not ideal, but not the end-of-the-world either. Someone starts talking about, say delayed public transportation, and your mind begins wandering because that’s what minds do when the current subject isn’t interesting enough. We all do this on a daily basis. Continue reading
There’s a single, simple reason that other people frustrate us. It’s really the same reason we frustrate ourselves, but it doesn’t feel the same when directed at others. No, our frustration toward others is about altruism, morals, respect, decency or any number of dressings that makes the frustration feel good in ways that self-loathing rarely does. Continue reading
The Post was the movie equivalent of the 2012-2013 Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers acquired two all-stars in Dwight Howard and Steve Nash before the season. That meant a starting line-up of Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Pau Gasol, Howard and Nash. That meant the Lakers appeared to be headed for a fantastic season. Continue reading