Anyone who learned to read in America remembers what it was like to spot their first tabloid headline with that wonderful new ability. None of us knew that a man-crocodile existed, or that psychic powers were real, until we read the headline splashed across the front page of a less than reputable publication. Maybe you weren’t as gullible as me at five years old, but I believed just about anything you told me. Don’t laugh, or anything; but I once believed a man in a red and white suit came down the chimney once a year to bring me toys. Vampires and wolf men seemed completely plausible in my world, and it took an adult to point out to me that some news items are not to be believed. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #091 – Fake News Is Real!”
I don’t know when it became popular to brag about how little sleep you were getting, but it must have been before my time. All my life, I have heard people complain that they were only getting three or four or five hours of sleep each night; yet in most cases, the complaining had a touch of bragging to it. The first thought you might have when you hear that sort of thing is that the person doing the complaining/bragging is getting way more done than everyone else; but often, that’s just not the case. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #090 – Americans Are Sleep Deprived!”
The largest diamond humans have discovered to date is not even on Earth. It is about fifty light years away, which makes it kind of hard for the rest of us to verify; but this is one of those cases where scientists don’t stand to profit from telling us something other than the truth. We can all believe their claims, in this example; even if they are a little far out.
Everyone I’ve ever known who has visited Mount Rushmore has said the same thing, when I get all excited to find out they’ve visited somewhere I’ve never been. They say it looks bigger in the photos, and is apparently a bit of a letdown when you see it in real life. Few tourists complain about how it was never finished, or that the land it sits on is stolen; folks just caution you not to go too far out of your way to see it, without being aware that it isn’t nearly as imposing in real life as it looks in the pictures. Also, the tourist shops dwarf the monument itself; but that is just a testament to why it was created. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #088 – Mount Rushmore Was Stolen!”
Most of us live with some sense of the sacred. Feeling connected to the universe in a spiritual way is not reserved for mystics, or religious zealots; nearly all of us feel we have a place and a purpose, for reasons that may well be unique to each of us. Although we might not all assign sacred status to artifacts, a lot of us do tend to attach it to intangibles. The problem is, we just can’t get everyone to agree on what is sacred and what isn’t. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #087 – Everything Is Sacred (Or Nothing Is!)”
Most of us are well past laying the groundwork for who we’re going to be for the rest of our lives. We have forgotten how much there was to learn about the world when we first got here, and moved out of brains that are hungrily gathering information and into minds characterized by well-worn grooves. The very routines we couldn’t understand as children have become our reality as adults, and now it’s tough to imagine where a desire to play with toys for hours in a day ever came from. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #086 – What Got You Here Won’t Get You There!”
When you look at the entire history of the universe, as told to us by a bunch of people that weren’t even there, it becomes clear pretty quickly that nothing stays the same for long. As the story goes, everything existed in a perpetual state of pure potentiality right up until the moment it didn’t. The amount of time the universe spent in that state is impossible to count, according to the story; since space needs to be expanding for time to have something to be measured by. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #085 – The Only Constant Is Change!”
Some things are simply true. Maybe we live inside a complex computer program, or an organic hologram; but as long as you’re part of the program, you’re living with certain truths. Most of these truths are pretty basic by nature, since once you get into complicated truths things seem to change fairly often. We can all agree on certain aspects of objective reality, and see that they are what they are with our own eyes; but some things aren’t considered subjective, even if they are. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #084 – Borders Are Just Imaginary Lines!”
Income tax was a big problem for a lot of people, back before the United States was even formed. In fact, taxes were arguably the main reason this country came to be in the first place. The British Empire was big on taxing folks around the world for this and that, and the pioneers here didn’t really see how the taxes being levied against them were fair. They may have left Europe for a variety of reasons, but once they got here pretty much everyone agreed: life is better for the individual when they are not being taxed to simply exist. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #083 – Income Tax Is Only A Hundred Years Old!”
Small businesses are a big part of this country’s economy, but they’re kind of a drop in the bucket when you compare them to corporations. Pretty much every business starts out small, before becoming a corporation; but once you cross that line, the rules change completely.
No, I’m not talking about tax cuts and government bailouts. As popular as it may be to bring those subjects up in a conversation about corporate entities, we have to look at all the costs up front that make those back end savings possible. Corporations have to pay a ton of money to government agencies just to exist in many cases, and this is not a one time fee. Each year a lot of corporations funnel a boatload of money into the government in one way or another; it’s not their fault the people in charge spend that money as if it’s endless, or keep trying to burden these businesses with more costs with each passing year. Continue reading “Thoughts That Hurt to Think #082 – Corporations Have To Grow Or They Die!”