THE LOOKING GLASS SELF In 1902, C.H. Cooley published a social theory that I believe holds up over a century later - “The Looking Glass Self.” The basic premise of the theory is that our behavior is shaped by our perception of how we believe others see us. In other words, perception of “society” is… Continue reading Through “The Looking Glass”
SUICIDE is not a 21st century problem, but it has been increasing in recent years. As of 2019, suicide is a top 10 cause of death in the United States and has become an outright epidemic among teens and young adults where it has become the second leading cause of death for those aged 10–34… Continue reading Our Teens are Killing Themselves
“For the love of money is the root of all evil.” I Timothy 6:10INTRODUCTION The dominance of global neoliberal economics and cries for economic justice in the United States has reignited a firestorm of criticism of the capitalist system. What once was a booming economic system that attempted to address and correct the horrors of… Continue reading THE NEOLIBERAL ETHIC AND THE SPIRIT OF CAPITALISM
Something to think about with all the chaos and civil unrest happening right now. Those who are pulling down statues believe as strongly and passionately about their cause as you do about keeping those statues to remember history. They believe in their cause as much - and possibly more - than you do about evangelizing… Continue reading Rethinking the Unrest
POWERFUL ELITES UNITE The World Economic Forum (WEF) is one of the largest gatherings of “the foremost political, business, cultural and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.” Just a few of their members include AARP, Apple, New York Times, Open Society Institute (George Soros), Soros Fund Management, and Walmart. There… Continue reading The “Great Reset” and the New World Order.
A skeptic is someone who questions things; someone who desires to look beyond the surface. A cynic is someone who attributes negative motivation to a person. I fear that we have moved well beyond the former toward a society so overcome by cynicism that we can no longer trust each other. This used to play… Continue reading Are You a Skeptic or Cynic?
WAKE UP, SHEEP! Baa, baa, black sheep, have you any wool? You need to wake up, sheep! You’re just following the media narrative, sheep! And black? Like black helicopters, blacklists, black ops, and little black boxes. Bill Gates rides in a black car to his meetings with the shadow government. Wool? That must be some… Continue reading Have You Any Wool?
About 10 years ago, I predicted a simultaneous civil war, world war, and economic collapse. At that time, we were in the midst of the “Great Recession” and escalating conflict overseas between Middle Eastern nations including our own “war on terror” that continues to solider on. Right now, it seems that those last two issues… Continue reading The Coming Civil Conflict
ABSTRACT The supernatural has been a topic of sociological study for over a century, and belief in the existence of paranormal phenomena is permeating into various aspects of the media. Although publicly labeled as a deviant group, paranormal believers comprise a majority in the United States. When different supernatural belief systems are combined under… Continue reading Religious Differences in Supernatural Beliefs (My Master’s Thesis)
Most of us feel compelled to post only the "best" aspects of our lives on social media. Others post mostly the "worst". Those of us who present the "best" parts of ourselves on social media are not only seeking validation and praise, but are inadvertently harming others. Those of us who present the "worst" are… Continue reading Social Media Responsibility