7.27.2015

faith debased

A religion that lacks proof of its god can’t begin to be ethical.

7.22.2015

not supposed to be here

Humans who engage in handwringing are those who don’t understand what a freak of nature we are anyway.

6.15.2015

place and purpose

Installation art: Artfully arranged material preparing for its future haphazard staging in a landfill.

6.13.2015

would diderot approve

When a thick dictionary was sitting on the shelf, or a full set of an encyclopedia displayed, one could imagine containing that whole universe. In a Google world, or surfing to a Wikipedia entry, are we not giving up on a greater vision, however unrealistic, one of our containing all knowledge?

5.31.2015

higher order opinion

Philosophers just have opinions about bigger things than the weather or property tax rates.

5.16.2015

clearly never

There is no blank slate. Think of a bird hitting a glass pane.

5.09.2015

negative bazillion

The funny man in the suit asked: 'What is the opportunity cost of taking a year off after college and bumming around Europe?'

4.18.2015

to fill one's lungs

Smokers who slip out of office doors several times a day get more fresh air and access to the landscape than their non-smoking co-workers.

3.28.2015

voice over

The right-wing radio host had a talent for talking over cogent thought.

2.22.2015

thinking complex

To complicate in order to contemplate.

2.09.2015

falling apart faster

In the U.S. we accelerate our ruins.

1.14.2015

unnecessary nation state

Another province that aspires to be a piss-ant state.

12.13.2014

behind a door or in the dark

The engine of sex is its secrecy.

10.19.2014

cannon shot

The kind of person who if shot out of a cannon would come walking back into view with his pants legs tattered and smoldering but otherwise unscathed.

9.25.2014

i'm back

That’s enough about me, but have you met my alter ego?

7.26.2014

insufficient belief

The fanatic believer proves the vacancy of his/her religion by being unable to leave the rest of us alone.

7.19.2014

frozen treat

He tried to trademark the name ‘Melting Glacier Slushy’.

7.14.2014

expansive expense

Military spending is never ending.

6.26.2014

crawling forward

A mother released her infant to crawl across the battlefield.

6.23.2014

blindly noble

One can only be noble when no one is looking.

5.25.2014

freud field day

Your father was so distant you called him “Farther.”

4.27.2014

sticks together

Glut is the glue of the consumerist society.

4.21.2014

distance runners

The Boston Marathon terrorists made what was always a great race into a secular crusade.

4.06.2014

sandwich board

Is it fashion or wearable advertising?

3.29.2014

self knowledge

You began to suspect that the self was just a thought experiment.

3.01.2014

food dilemma

To clean one’s plate so as not to waste food; or to leave a few morsels as testament to our excess.

2.26.2014

word origin

A word’s ontology is its meaning.

2.18.2014

dialed in

Not a dialectic but a dial that can be turned/tuned to many viewpoints. There is almost no viewpoint that can’t be turned one-hundred and eighty degrees and argued with equal vigor and result from its opposite side. But it’s probably truer to say, though certain binary concepts and themes are often convenient, that every argument is but a point on a dial where the needle can be turned to register its value.

2.09.2014

dispersive mind

I know quite a little about many things.

11.25.2013

relative value

At expiration, the supermarket marks down by half the inexpensive bread, but the nicer loaves only by a third.

11.23.2013

new word order

The little koan that could (change the world).

10.18.2013

logos logged off

With nothing to show since the Bible, we can we assume God is afflicted with writer’s block.

10.13.2013

extinction threat

It shouldn’t be a surprise that stupid people fear the theory of evolution.

10.05.2013

ugly under glass

A butterfly is just a specimen under glass. A butterfly is only beautiful in flight or, however briefly, alighted upon a leaf or flower.

7.25.2013

face forward

Don’t turn your head—there is nothing behind you that is not dead.

6.20.2013

student teacher

There has never been a good teacher who doesn’t still consider him/herself a student.

5.04.2013

context of luck

Circumstance is the stage upon which chance plays its part. You can’t throw a seven holding one die.

3.20.2013

act and perspective

When a giant goes to kill a fly he uses a chair or floorlamp for a flyswatter—some furniture is bound to get broken.

2.17.2013

in retrospect

Many of the paintings now thought of as masterpieces were the B-movies of their day.

2.15.2013

first of last things

The first thing we must realize is that our ability to die is a privilege and not a curse.