Category: Society

Essays about society, religion and politics

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Valet Parking on Lower Greenville

Looking for parking is always a stressful proposition, especially in Dallas. My adopted hometown is a car-centric city with walkable pockets. These little pockets are usually centered around bars and nightlife, with densely zoned...

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What Does It Mean to Be a Texan?

I had a discussion (argument) with a good friend about what it means to be a Texan. I said that, after 7+ years of living in Dallas, I felt I could call myself a...

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American Musings on Scottish Independence

On Thursday, September 18, 2014. Scotland will vote on whether to declare independence from the United Kingdom. As an American of English, Scottish and Irish ancestry, I have been following the debate. I’ve never...

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Avoiding Human Extinction

I’m amazed that human extinction isn’t more of a political issue. It should be. The survival of our species is the most important issue we can address. I’m not being hyperbolic. As living creatures,...

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The Eight Deadly Sin

I’ve always liked the concept of the Seven Deadly Sins: wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony. What makes this list so amazing is that you don’t have to believe in God or...

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St. Patrick’s Day in Dallas

I love St. Patrick’s Day in Dallas. Here we celebrate it on the Saturday closest to March 17, with an annual 5k fun run, a parade, and lots of drinking and debauchery. In this...

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Conspiracy Theorists and the Meaning of Life

You may think of conspiracy theorists as pessimistic shut-ins, wearing tinfoil hats and wallowing in paranoia. This isn’t always true, but it’s the stereotype that people have in their heads. In general, non-conspiracy theorists...

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The Afterlife Without God

What if there’s an afterlife, but no God? It’s an idea that’s almost unthinkable in Western religion, though it is accepted in some Eastern religions. When it comes to the supernatural and the divine,...

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Frozen Pipes and Big Government

During my first winter in Texas, I saw signs outside all the apartment complexes that said, “Freeze Warning: Keep Faucets Dripping”. This came as a surprise to a Michigander like me. Up north, we...

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Meditations on an Ice Storm

Growing up in Michigan, I always laughed at winter storms in southern cities. Every couple of years, you’ll see some normally warm-weather city get blanketed in snow and ice. People up north see these...