Art tries to capture the beauty of life. Right? Surprisingly, some people would disagree. Anti-mimesis is a philosophical position, directly opposing mimesis, which contends that life imitates art, rather than art imitating life. The most notable proponent of this seemingly absurd belief is Oscar Wilde. Read the rest of this entry »
I wish there existed an aptitude test to gauge how well someone comprehended how our world works. What I’m referencing is often referred to as common sense, but I think very few people actually grasp what common sense is and how uncommon it is in actuality. Read the rest of this entry »
By Jordan Bates
Once upon a midday sunny,
I fancied life to be quite funny
As I gazed upon a bunny
From a green and modest hill. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s no secret that kids today are spending much of their free time in front of screens. Whether it’s TV, Computer, or Gaming systems, it seems that parents have accepted or even welcomed these new ways to keep their kids busy for hours on end.
Recently, I read the book Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv. The book discusses a problem in modern society that Louv labels, Nature-Deficit Disorder. The term seems almost self-explanatory, but the book does a fine job of explaining why we should care about nature. When I had finished, I felt as if adults and children alike would greatly benefit from getting outdoors, immediately. Here’s why. Read the rest of this entry »
“Man is born to live, not to prepare for life.”
Today, I was considering the question of whether or not life is inherently good. I closed my eyes and wondered if we were special, if what we were doing here was somehow exceptional. For people of strong faith, God is the key that gives our lives a special essence of grandeur. Although I do believe in a higher power, I wanted to dig deeper. I am an optimist, and I wanted life to be precious. Read the rest of this entry »
Charisma, intellect, beauty, passion, and artistic ability are all qualities that inspired me to make this collage of people inspire my life.
The Hairy Ape: A Comedy About a Brash Imbecile or the Grave Tragedy of a Flawed System?
Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape presents “a Comedy of Ancient and Modern Life,” or at least this is what the title suggests. Comedic elements are certainly interwoven throughout the work, but a careful reading reveals cruel irony and sad truths about class distinction during the Industrial Revolution. Through the use of a steady stream of saddening realizations by everyman Robert “Yank” Smith, O’Neill gradually paints a picture of a Proletariat class trapped within a cycle of wretchedness. The play illustrates a greedy, industrializing upper class initiative that removes the lower class’ sense of belonging and ultimately de-humanizes them in a real sense. By the end of the narrative, it would appear that the play is more of a tragedy about the helpless “Yanks” in a Capitalist system than a comedy of any sort. Read the rest of this entry »
People who truly love teams in professional sports are intriguing. I can hardly wrap my mind around how much money people filter into watching sports on TV or going to live sporting events. I mean, maybe I approach sports from too logical of a perspective, but I find it difficult to comprehend the cult- like following that I observe in the United States. I can’t picture myself being significantly emotionally invested in the outcome of a game that is being played by a group of guys who I don’t even know.
Don’t get me wrong, I like sports. I play most sports recreationally and especially enjoy golf. I like going to live sporting events. I even like watching the occasional football or basketball game on TV. I do not, however, like sports enough to fork out thousands of dollars for season tickets or spend countless hours memorizing player statistics. I don’t enjoy spending most of my day talking to anyone who will listen about new coaching staff members or a player’s possible injury. Read the rest of this entry »