It’s Not Okay to Laugh with Sean Spicer

Sean Spicer’s cameo at the Emmys surprised everyone. I hand it to Stephen Colbert and the producers of the show. No one saw it coming. The shock of the former Trump press secretary’s bit, in which he was seemingly making fun of himself, led to many camera shots of celebrities laughing at his presence. But […]

Shut Up & Learn to Listen

I’m a white, straight, middle-class, American male. These demographic features have awarded me a lot of privilege and paths to success (even though I would not consider myself “successful” by society’s standards). These demographics have, by and large, led to a life free of any real persecution and hardship that many others who have different […]

Integrity and the Art of Paper Writing

I find myself continuously mesmerized, baffled, and befuddled over the methodology in which people write academic papers. I have seen some abysmal work at the undergraduate level, but even more distressing is seeing poor work done at the graduate level. While I understand that not every paper will strive to be up for the Pulitzer, […]

Technology and Personhood II: Angst, Questioning, and Virtue

In the last installment, I briefly introduced the topic of technology and personhood. For in this treatment, I will focus on one’s sociological angst regarding personalized technology. Here, I will rely heavily on Star Trek: Voyager’s Emergency Medical Hologram (EMH) and the crew’s reluctance to accept him as a person. This post will continue to […]

Technology and Personhood I: Introduction

Western culture is becoming increasingly technological. It seems in be an unavoidable (and inescapable) trend. Critiques of technology are becoming a bit more frequent, but what I want to do is begin to examine a disturbing sociological trend: the issue of technology in conjunction with personhood. Personhood is a topic familiar to those who study […]

Charity: The Supernatural Virtue

For those that know me well, you know that my intellectual and personal heroes are Saint Thomas Aquinas, Soren Kierkegaard and Dietrich Bonhoeffer – what I have not-so-aptly deemed my “intellectual trinity.” Recently I have been reading Kent Dunningham’s new book, Addiction and Virtue which correlates the Aristotelian-Thomist understanding of habit to the contemporary pandemic […]