The False Freedom of Flippancy

Conformity Comes in Many Costumes It is a common conception, especially among young people, that having an “attitude” of flippancy expresses independence and freedom. By “attitude” I mean a conscious opposition to social norms about appearance and conduct. What society […]

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Chuck Close on Inspiration

Chuck Close on Inspiration “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work.” – Chuck Close Chuck Close is an American artist. He is a portrait painter, but that description is too pedestrian to […]

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Facebook Fake Activism

Years ago I ran across an interesting article online entitled “Out with the Community Group, In with the Facebook Fan Group.” The blog is now defunct, so I cannot link to it. I can only write from the couple of […]

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At the Gorge of Lu

At the Gorge of Lu, the great waterfall plunges for hundreds of meters, its spray visible for miles. In the churning waters below, no living creature can be seen. One day, Confucius was standing at a distance from the pool’s […]

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