Mysteries

Socialism’s Incestuous Relation to the Mother

A nation with a socialized economy is aptly called a “nanny state.” Like an overly protective mother, it stifles self-reliance, individual initiative,

Everyday Symbolism

Tattoos & the Quest for Identity

Why have tattoos become so popular in recent years? To solve this mystery, we must first uncover the psychological appeal of tattoos.

Mysteries

The Deeper Meaning of Dr. Epstein’s Fart

It’s been said that when truth comes down from the mountain and enters the marketplace, it often wears a mask. Some say that it’s out

Mysteries

Elliot Spitzer’s Shadow

As is so often the case with people, the source of their enthusiasm and success, paradoxically, becomes their nemesis. The deposed governor of New York, Elliot Spitzer,

Everyday Symbolism

The Mystery of the Square Dinner Plates

Albert Camus once wrote that “Great ideas come into the world as quietly as doves.” This is also true on a personal level.

Mysteries

The Deeper Meaning of Zombies

Have you noticed all the books, films and articles about zombies? (If not, you might be a zombie yourself!) There are bestsellers, such as Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies

Mysteries

Friendship’s Darker Dynamic

“God protect me from my friends.” — Anonymous. We had previously analyzed the episode of Seinfeld, in which George Costanza — realizing that every decision

Mysteries

The New Ugly Americans: from Being Hated to Being Despised

Would you rather be hated or be despised? They are not synonymous. Hate is often an amalgam of other emotions — such as loathing,

Everyday Symbolism

The Secret of Uncanny Valley

Japanese scientists have been making rapid strides creating automatons that look and act like human beings.But, in recent years,

Politics

The Mystery of Chief Justice John Roberts

Often the best way to understand a person is by contrasting him with someone who faced a similar type of crisis. Consider Sir Thomas More, who lived during the early part of the Sixteenth Century. He

Mysteries

The Case of the Bottlenecked Bicyclist

In my previous blog posting, I offered an example, from my own life, of what the philosopher Martin Buber calls a sign. We must remember that

Mysteries

The Meaning of a Starbucks Obsessive-Compulsion

"You do not understand. This is a clean and pleasant cafe. It is well lighted. The light is very good and also, now there are shadows