On Privilege

My first year of graduate school a friend told me I reminded her of Pacey on Dawson’s Creek.  She told me I was a ‘pretty boy’ and asked me rhetorically, “shouldn’t you be working in finance?” I told her she sounded like my father.  She apologized. The choice, to do the work that seeks equality and …

On Identity and Collective Trauma

How did the frontier establish our understanding of education and racial identity in the US? What does it mean to be white in this country?  Whiteness is socially constructed through the identification that the color of one’s skin separates one person from another: creating the gap of identification with another group because of their skin …

On Mosh Pits

On Mosh Pits Heavy metal is near and dear to my heart.  It is obviously a catharsis in the face of opposition and, in conjunction with the shadow, a necessary expose into the unconscious of society.  One outcome of world of heavy metal is the unrelenting, passionate crowd.  Like all music, it defies borders (beginning …

On Metal

Oh music.  The exemplary sounds to reflect our inner condition as it pulsates rhythmically through earbuds, speakers, bluetooth devices and sound systems.  Like pleasure, music can give us chills.  And, just like people, some music rubs you the wrong way.  Unless you’re like me and friends of mine, there is a chance that the music that feels like sandpaper …

On Crossfit

As a method of fitness and lifestyle, Crossfit is the epitome of Western indulgence and overconsumption.  Do some fake work at 6 am, then go to your office for 8 hours and sit on a Bosu ball.  Real work is on the farm and lasts for 15+ hours a day.  Fake work?  30 minutes of …

On This Blog

If the universe began from a single point, such as the Big Bang, then all life as we know it must be interconnected.  As a human being, this means that you are more than a construct of your mother and father, you are also built on the fabric of your mother’s parents and your father’s …