'Being upborne on a great wave'

Matt Yglesias discusses the myth of a flat Earth: People assert all the time that the Earth “looks” flat, but it’s hard to know how to understand this. The Earth looks exactly the way a large roughly spherical object would look precisely because it is a large spherical object. If you sit in a boat [Read More...]

No offense

The problem with taking offense is that it’s impotent and indulgent. It may feel good, but it doesn’t change anything. It doesn’t matter. Offendedness is a pale, watery substitute for anger. Anger, that beautiful daughter of hope, demands action. Anger changes things. It seeks to correct the injustice that offendedness merely wants to savor. Anger [Read More...]

Two sins involving alcohol

1. Property destruction due to drunkenness Drunk Swedish elk found in apple tree near Gothenburg A homeowner in southern Sweden got a shock when he found a drunken elk stuck in his neighbour’s apple tree. The animal was apparently on the hunt for fermenting apples when she lost her balance and became trapped in the [Read More...]

Pity for the pitiless

To be pitiless, surely, is bad. We don’t speak of someone as “pitiless” if we’re trying to express admiration for them. “Pitilessness” is never something we extol as a virtue. The only time being “pitiless” is ever described as a positive trait is in the context of sports, where we sometimes use words for otherwise [Read More...]

Seven things that are not 'ironic'

1. A hot day in Texas in July 2. Scorpions that sting 3. A black fly in your Chardonnay 4. Rain on your wedding day 5. A traffic jam when you’re already late 6. The good advice that you just didn’t take 7. People trapped in the addictive delusion of thinking they’re better than everyone [Read More...]

The IndigNation, defending bullies and the martyr Sally Kern

I have a theory that the central motivation for much of American politics is a manufactured indignation. This indignation is stoked by the habitual taking of offense, whether or not such offense is actually there to be taken. The cultivation of such offendedness serves two emotional needs: 1) It’s exciting for those whose lives are [Read More...]

Job Seekers Open Thread

. Here’s the good thing (or at least the thing I keep telling myself is a good thing): It’s September. It doesn’t matter that most employers aren’t bound by the academic year and that there’s nothing about their annual or seasonal schedule that makes September special. Like the rest of us, they can’t escape the [Read More...]

Sunday favorites

Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. [Read more...]