Things We “Shouldn’t Talk About” – Immigration, Media & Politics

“It would be irresponsible to avoid the issue just because it’s uncomfortable to talk about.” — Al Franken Last week Trump confused a lot of people, myself included, by insinuating that something awful had happened in Sweden the day before. Was it a terrorist attack? Nope, nothing really remarkable happened. Later he clarified that his statement was referring […]

Faces Of Evil? – Pictures Can Be Black & White, Reality Isn’t

“It is easy to ignore responsibility when one is only an intermediate link in a chain of action.” — Stanley Milgram While it would be easy to look at the pictures of Auschwitz guards (released by Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance) and write the people off as monsters and psychopaths, it’s far harder to imagine yourself as being […]

Looking Ahead – My Plans For 2017

“A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” — Lao Tzu We’re a couple of days into the new year, and with it comes goals, hopes, and promises for the future. Here’s what I’m aiming for: Finish up the online courses in AP Psychology at University of British Columbia I’m taking. Take the […]

Best Books Of 2016 – Recommended Reading To Make 2017 Better

“It is from books that wise people derive consolation in the troubles of life.” — Victor Hugo With only a few days left of 2016 I’m going to give you the best reads I’ve had this year. I will focus mainly on non-fiction books released in 2016. There are a couple of older ones that can help explain […]

No *Insert Label* On Our Streets! – Racism, Alt-Right & Synthwave

“Self-righteous people can talk themselves into forgetting they are part of a civilization.” — David Brin I’m going to tell you what seems like 3 disjointed stories at first, but it’ll make sense in the end. The first one happened a month ago when a friend of mine wrote about a rally in Stockholm by NMR (a Swedish […]

“Am I A Bad Person?” – Well, It’s… It’s Complicated

“You don’t just have good people or bad people. You have complicated people. You have real people.” — Salman Rushdie Sarah’s quitting her job as a physician in less than a month, and she’s been invited to a Christmas party. She tells me about her time there, and how delighted she is to finally be leaving after all […]