By David Metcalfe December 7, 2018 Killing Sadness Suicide typically accounts for about 1% of all deaths, but, in some respect, occupies the minds of the majority of people at some point. It is high in prevalence among those suffering mental illness, as is to be expected. A more strange fact is that suicide tends to be occupied quite commonly, both in theory and practice, … Continue reading Good Dogs Don’t Need Leashes (and Other Lessons on Happiness)
Should We Allow and Promote Transgenderism? By David Metcalfe November 26, 2018 Prologue Although there may be many uses and implications that come with the term “transgenderism”, I am restricting its definition to mean an individual born a biologically determined gender, and throughout the entirety of their youth and even into adulthood, feeling a profound sense of being the opposite gender from which they were … Continue reading Should We Allow and Promote Transgenderism?
Introduction It is common for people to think the idea of animal rights to be absurd; that it’s a view limited to hippies, social justice warriors, or philosophers out of touch with reality. While this is a common view in theory, in practice it is not as much the case, and I feel there may be some contradiction, or at least confusion. For example, a man will … Continue reading The Rights of Animals: On Man’s Place In Earth’s Ecosystem
What The World Needs Now: A Manifesto on Tolerance, Co-operation, and Human Goodness By David Metcalfe November 14, 2018 Introduction The world as it exists today is far from perfect. A great number of people suffer horrible injustices on a daily basis, and it is the empathy derived from this knowledge that inspires and guides my life towards the study of these things. What I … Continue reading What The World Needs Now: A Manifesto on Tolerance, Co-operation, and Human Goodness
Batman, The Failed State Leviathan: Why Sociologists Are The Best Superheroes by David Metcalfe November 8, 2018 There’s a major drug shipment coming to Gotham City, and a group of criminals are bringing it off shipping containers and into trucks to be distributed. But suddenly, they realize one of their guys is missing. Another one goes missing. They hear a thud and someone yell in … Continue reading Batman, The Failed State Leviathan: Why Sociologists Are The Best Superheroes
Why All Americans Deserve Health Care By David Metcalfe October 31, 2018 Introduction A 2009 study by Harvard Medical School found that nearly 45,000 Americans die every year due to a lack of health coverage. After the results of the study came out, Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, a Harvard professor and primary care physician, said, “every other developed nation has achieved universal health care through some … Continue reading Why All Americans Deserve Health Care
Oh Shit, I’m Gonna Be Single For Life By David Metcalfe Something Doesn’t Add Up… I’ve always been a talented person. When I was six I skipped a grade because I was too advanced. When I was 9 I led the soccer league in scoring. When I was 13 I got the MVP award for my baseball team. I’ve always performed music. I’ve always had … Continue reading Oh Shit, I’m Gonna Be Single For Life