America is unlike any nation on earth, because it’s not actually a nation.
It’s become common parlance among my friends to refer to the state of American politics as “clownworld”. The events, people, and issues being debated have degenerated into something so ridiculous, so bizarre, that it feels like you’re watching the circus.
The university, once the most prized institution of Western Civilization, is in shambles. No longer is it a place of education, but of indoctrination. How did this happen?
It’s painfully common to hear ridicule and dismissal of contemporary art. Any 5th grader can tell the difference in quality between the Baroque masterpieces and paintings that come out today. With such a divide in effort, meaning, and talent, it’s almost impossible to see how these two traditions can even exist in the same civilization.
Yet here we are.
The internet has changed everything.
We have entered an age of total work.
Can you imagine living in a world without your phone? New studies show that among the millennial and upcoming Gen Z (of which I am a proud member) population, more people would rather be single than live without their phone.
That’s a problem.
“Friendship is everything. Friendship is more than talent. It is more than the government. It is almost the equal of family.”
-Don Corleone, The Godfather
Man is a social animal. We’re built to live in communities, to cooperate in almost everything from work to play to prayer. In childhood and old age, it’s our friends and loved ones that seem to be the real key to living well. So why can relationships be so difficult? Why is it such a painful process, especially in those dreaded teenage years of awkwardness and social cliques, for people to find friendships that matter and really “find their pack”?
If you didn’t watch Disney movies as a kid, you lived under a rock. Growing up, these lovable cartoon movies were the bread and butter of an American childhood, and it’s not a coincidence that a 3rd grader’s conception of heaven looks a lot like Disney Land. Continue reading “The Line between Love and Romance”