Sometimes it takes tragedy

Sometimes it takes a personal tragedy such as the death of a parent to snap a person out of his delusion and make him realize he’d better take charge of his own life. I know my father’s death motivated me to improve myself and begin the process of establishing myself as an academic and thinker. Yelling on social media about your own problems is at least far more sincere than screeching and whining about things you can’t control. Hope blooms eternal in the valley of the shadow of death.

 

We are not superheroes

A recent counter-protest resulted in the physical assault of a group of Marine reservists on leave in Philadelphia. Members of ANTIFA surrounded, slurred, and assaulted the Marines callings them “white supremacists.” When one of the Marines said he was of Mexican heritage, the chants changed to “wetback” and “spic.”

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The Parasite Life

You can’t really move a story like this; it just won’t sell. The writer writing about writing is a no-go. It’s cliched, done to death, and never worth the editor’s trouble to slog through to the end. Still, every writer has one in him and needs to let it out. This is mine. Happy Holidays.

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Absurdist Academia: Convergence on Bedlam

Recently I recounted a personal experience, A Lesson from Absurdist Academia. In that entry, I detailed the lack of support I received from school administrators when faced with a discipline problem. The reality of physical violence in schools is often foreshadowed by improper behavior, violent or antisocial ideation, and open defiance toward established rules and lessons.

In a recent article in the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the failure of the Parkland High School administration to properly identify and seek help for Nikolas Cruz’s expressions of violent ideation and behavioral problems contributed to the subsequent mass murder on campus. The problem behaviors exhibited by Cruz should have raised multiple red flags and required psychiatric intervention.

The discipline problem in the classroom must be considered carefully. After high school, problem behavior in the classroom does not have to be tolerated. The authority of faculty to preserve the safety of their students and the integrity of their class must be recognized. It will help prevent bloodbaths in the future.