The Most Good You Can Be: The Next Stage in Solving Poverty

The Most Good You Can Be: The Next Stage in Solving Poverty By David Metcalfe June 17, 2018 Introduction Everyone knows that one person who is the “ultimate altruist”, and a totally pretentious, arrogant, condescending, sanctimonious annoyance to everyone around them. You know the one I’m talking about? The person who is obsessed with saving humpback dolphins off the Moroccan coast or whatever, and thinks … Continue reading The Most Good You Can Be: The Next Stage in Solving Poverty

Humans of Mormonism: Stories and Sentiments of a Peculiar People

Humans of Mormonism: Stories and Sentiments of a Peculiar People By David Metcalfe June 10, 2018 Fast Way To Get A Bonus In the late 1960’s, in a small town in South Africa, a husband and wife with three young children were struggling to make ends meet. The husband worked at a local factory; a job he detested. The wife stayed home to take care … Continue reading Humans of Mormonism: Stories and Sentiments of a Peculiar People

How To Look At Hot Girls: Wrecking Rape Culture, Reforming Creeps, and Redeeming Masculinity

How To Look At Hot Girls: Wrecking Rape Culture, Reforming Creeps, and Redeeming Masculinity By David Metcalfe June 5, 2018 Harmless Fun We would often listen to the radio at the recycling plant in Kingston, Ontario. One afternoon, the host mentioned that Khloe Kardashian was expecting a baby soon. This prompted one of my co-workers to provide his thoughts on the topic, saying, “I would … Continue reading How To Look At Hot Girls: Wrecking Rape Culture, Reforming Creeps, and Redeeming Masculinity

Literature, Empathy, and Enlightenment: Reading Our Way To A Better World

Literature, Empathy, and Enlightenment: Reading Our Way To A Better World By David Metcalfe May 9, 2018 Introduction Good literature is one of the most powerful things in the world. It has enlightened and edified humanity in fantastic ways, both in personal fulfillment and the flourishing of society at large. It is a massive threat to intolerance, selfishness, fanaticism, and authoritarianism. When we are free … Continue reading Literature, Empathy, and Enlightenment: Reading Our Way To A Better World

The Joyful Life: Thoughts on Suicide, Altruism, and the Paradigmal Quelling of Existential Angst

The Joyful Life: Thoughts on Suicide, Altruism, and the Paradigmal Quelling of Existential Angst By David Metcalfe April 17, 2018 Introduction Socrates once said, “Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.” I have been very blessed to be able to improve myself with the writings of some of the great … Continue reading The Joyful Life: Thoughts on Suicide, Altruism, and the Paradigmal Quelling of Existential Angst

Should I Get A Real Job? A “Thoreau” Examination Of My Peculiar Existence

Should I Get A Real Job? A “Thoreau” Examination of My Peculiar Existence By David Metcalfe April 4, 2018 Talking Trash There are only three things that exist in the world: paper, plastic, and cardboard. One’s relation to paper is a passive one, for paper is not to be intruded upon in its path. Plastic, however, is an active relation, as the absence of action … Continue reading Should I Get A Real Job? A “Thoreau” Examination Of My Peculiar Existence

The Foundations of Personhood as a Philosophical Justification For Rights To Life, Liberty, and Property

The Foundations of Personhood as a Philosophical Justification For Rights To Life, Liberty, and Property By David Metcalfe March 25, 2018 Introduction In America, we have a tendency to take our legal rights for granted. It is simply assumed that things like murder, theft, rape, etc. are wrong and laws should exist to protect us from them. But many societies throughout history, and in current … Continue reading The Foundations of Personhood as a Philosophical Justification For Rights To Life, Liberty, and Property