History as the Red Pill

It’s a meme now to call any radical mind-changing moment or idea a “red pill,” hearkening back to the red pill which awakens Neo to the nature of his machine slavery in The Matrix. Everybody has their own version of […]

Small Town Fame Is All You Need

“Every last one, route one, rural heart’s got a story to tellEvery grandma, in law, ex girlfriendMaybe knows you just a little too wellWhether you’re late for church or you’re stuck in jailHey words gonna get aroundEverybody dies famous in […]

Five Rules for Studying History

Remember that all historians are biased – read multiple perspectives  “History” is a product of human beings. History of the same events and people may be done (will be done) differently from generation to generation. Sometimes, due to advances in […]

Cure the White-Collar FOMO

I love my blue-collar job in the (pre)-construction industry, but I get the feeling that some of the other young folks who work in building might idealize the cushy white-collar job. After all, blue collar jobs come with relatively little […]

The Camping Reset

The Roman Stoic Seneca said that each month, he would set aside some days to live simply and roughly (like a condition of poverty). In so doing, he reasoned, he would see the condition he feared and perhaps fear it […]