You Don’t “Lose” Virginity, You Gain Experience…and Pleasure, if done right

A good long while ago, I read author Peggy Orenstein’s wonderful book Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape all about the weird hangups and pathologies surrounding female sexuality from which we suffer signally in this country. An important moment in the book for me came when the author was discussing the concept of [...]

The Abundant Nonsense of Liberal Moral Scarcity

I’ve written about this subject before, but I want to revisit it here for the sake of this month of posts on the theme of abundance. I especially wanted to publish this post today, as people are once again taking to the polls to vote in Midterm elections.  Moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt is famous for [...]

Abundance and Ownership: Competing Claims on the Complicated Life of Words and Symbols

The Most Abundant Night of the Year Halloween is a time of such natural abundance. I launch into fits of ecstasy seeing the faces of trick or treaters as I greet them at the door; scare them a little by acting all subtle and creepy one moment and then letting rip a booming, sinister “Happy [...]

Brahma Kumaris: The Relatively New BK Religious Movement Peddling the Same Old BS Religious Mindfucks, a Personal Reflection

On a bright summer Sunday morning a few months ago, the First Baptists of the Texas suburb where I make my home streamed into three different parking lots flanking their soaring modernist Church. Off-duty cops directing traffic stopped us for a white-haired, white-skinned couple to cross the street from overflow parking in the high school [...]

Between Resistance and Happiness: The Good Life of Simple Contentment

To continue the thinking about Satan and resistance developed in recent posts: A dirty little secret of mine is that I really enjoy electronic dance music (EDM). My wife doesn’t get my love for the style and tends to mock me for it somewhat, so I usually keep my appreciation of Kaskade, deadmou5, Zedd, and [...]

A Satanic 12 Step…in 13 Steps!

Preamble An article yesterday on the site Medium put me in mind yet again of the idea of Satan as the embodiment of a principle of Resistance or maybe just inertia in the sense of the tendency of the world to continue blithely on as it is, absent—indeed in spite of—the urgent guidance of your [...]

Atomized and Reconstituted

I’m devoted to audiobooks. Years ago, when I first took up the habit, I thought it would never stick so well, that I couldn’t really pay attention while driving or cooking or doing the laundry. But boy can I ever! I’ve been able to treble my information intake with these things.  Recently, I finished up [...]

The Strange Solipsism of Traditional Religion

Recall from the last post how I was once accosted at a bus stop by the apparent reincarnation of eighteenth century clergyman, Christian apologist, and philosopher William Paley hawking his argument for the existence of God via the analogy of a wristwatch? To refresh your memory, the conversation went down like this:  “Do you have [...]

If Communication is Imposition, Missionaries are among the most Imposing of all Communicators

“Do you have the time?” “Uh, yeah. It’s half past—” “I know what time it is. I wanted to know if you knew. Have you ever considered your watch there on your wrist? Like how it had to have a maker?” Hold up there, Bill Paley.  When this conversation unfolds, I am an undergraduate at [...]

Communication as Imposition: The Satanics of so-called Free Speech

The purpose of this post is to stake out some particularly Satanic religious ground in the problematic struggle over so-called “free speech” in a liberal democracy. I will argue that communication—understood to minimally comprise the two acts of signaling intent to communicate, followed by relaying a message—is a form of imposition on the sovereign attention, [...]