How To Live In a Nuclear-Armed World

I purposefully don’t watch the news much. But since I heard that two of the world’s most dangerous governments (North Korea and the United States) were threatening to use nuclear weapons against each other, I’ve dipped my feet back in. We’ve seen saber-rattling and […]

Stop Calling Humans “Monkeys,” Please

Every now and then in discussions of human psychology and motivation, someone inserts the witty remark that humans are just “advanced monkeys,” or “monkeys with smartphones,” or something of the sort. Everyone laughs. Oh, humans! This smuggest of all YouTube videos […]

How Stories Make Things More Valuable

Why is a handmade candle generally considered better than a manufactured one? The materials and quality may actually be exactly the same: the same candle wax, the wick material, the same kind of burn. So it can be puzzling why most people seem […]

How Not To Fight Rotten Ideas

Impressionable young people are picking the worst ideas these days. Go to most college campuses and you’ll find ideologies not far different from socialism on the left and not far different from fascism on the right. This generation is not […]

Hank Williams

The Ethos of Country Songs

Confession: I am an avid fan of country music. No, not the country music you may have heard in a truck commercial (though this is actually a great one). I’m talking about Western swing, alt-country, string band music, bluegrass, progressive bluegrass […]

The Useful Sayings of Epictetus

The Stoic philosophers are an interesting bunch. While I don’t accept their fatalistic approach to the events of life or their obsession with duty, I see value in what they have to say about dealing with challenges with grace and […]