I write for a variety of reasons and one is to clarify my own thoughts. Writing things down has a way of forcing you to make your thoughts logical. Writing in themes allows me to expands on ideas and find common threads, and so here is a compendium of articles that follow trends, themes, and ideas as I either discover them or find them interesting.
BIG IDEAS is compendium of trends I see. The people I have noted in these articles are pushing the boundaries of humanity forward. I shall group them by theme, but there really is no pattern here; it’s just a collection of people and ideas I come across in my reading. I rely heavily on podcasts these days to find the ideas and authors that strike me as being significant, but also certain websites, books, and traditional, or “legacy” media as well. It has never been easier of less expensive to find and digest the new and exciting ideas about our world that describe what is emerging. The biggest ideas are never in the news.
Of course, the future is unknown, but it’s a lot more unknown for those that have no idea what happened in the past. In this series, we look at critical moments that have advanced the great human narrative over the years and brought us to the never-ending
I am not the only one to notice and document the decline of the United States from a bold, brash, and self-confident nation to a country digging deeper in to debt as we attack our own culture and discard our own past. This decline isn’t inevitable, and I hope it reverses itself. In the meantime, when I see the decline in world events, I cannot help but to take note.
All of my life, I have loved movies. I still watch them often, and sometimes re-watch old movies only to find new themes. Often, the films are very relevant to the world as it is today. This series offers light weekend reading, often based on movies and themes in the cinema, concerning the passing parade and its many interesting people and events.
I have had a long interest in health and wellness, especially as it relates to obesity. What makes humans fat is very well known, and here is a summary of how it works in a series of short essays. This basic science is well-known, but also hidden behind a fog of misinformation and commercial interest.
This series looks at the origins of American counterculture through the lens of Charles Manson. Manson was a cult leader like no other, and his impact on the lives of hundreds was deadly and devastating, and worse, his impact on American culture was malignant in the extreme. And yet, his beliefs prevailed in wide swathes of American culture and his influence is still with us long after he roamed freely and years after his death.