Morality is in the bin.

The moral values that have been a staple of the west; strength, courage, honor, have been replaced.

These days, it is “courageous” to stand back and just say the right thing, watching and not intervening in any wrongdoing.

These days, honor means standing behind while others do the the dirty work.

These days, strength means to allow yourself any ass-kicking necessary (either giving or receiving them) if it means there’s a sweet little reward for you at the end.

Our metaphorical balls as a society are being shriveled more and more. So I welcome you to my pub to share Irate Insights.

This writing is for somebody special to me, who showed me how much words can inspire out of seemingly nowhere.

  • A shanty for those gone under

    One thing I ponder, how go on any longer? if it just seems to go on, whether I’m on board or over yonder? Neither here nor there about life, strife cuts through rife, with discomfort that shakes me whenever I’m caught lumbering in slumber. I wonder what trance I am under that I can’t lift…

  • The power of phronesis, the practical motor of the mind

    Practical principles are the boundaries which govern one’s life. They exist subconsciously within our lived experience, and they are reflected by all of our actions to a differing degree. For instance, we can contrast the life of a person who criticizes everything with a person who is able to genuinely recognize positivity in their life.…

  • Doctor Faustus Chapter IV: Call the devil, the devil speaks

    The two tattered souls began to follow the young doctor, who met up with the young Mathilde at the exit. The good doctor watched and listened attentively as he kept up with the pace of his youthful self. The young doctor seemed much less self-assured and cocky than before. They conversed about the interests of…

  • Doctor Faustus Chapter III: The Age of Innocence Revisited

    “Take me back there, years ago in Germany, so recent in my mind,” the good doctor asked of the demonic being. “Very well. I shall let you stake your claim on the past one again.” “Where there is smoke there is fire, so I shall take you back to where your passion was first ignited,”…

  • An unused pillow is a world in itself (literary aphorism)

    There were two pillows on the bed in her room at dusk. However, one of them had never been used. Tanya got up from her rest from working and returned to her working station. The same place she would call the bathroom, as she sat down and listened to a podcast about gymnasts while she…

  • Doctor Faustus Chapter II: Hand in Earth, Hand in Hell

    The good doctor took his last few moments of holiness looking at his notes preparing for what was to come. “No more princes and princesses”, he thought. “I’m going to create Gods that are beasts and beasts that are God, and revel in our degeneracy”. This endeavor would take the summoning of just courage. Doctor…

  • Not all that glitters is gold (literary aphorism)

    I’ve got a sample of iridium sitting on a stove. A rare metal with a faint glow. It came from a process that started years ago, if anything really ever does start or end. Everything used to be boiling lava. Even the ink I’m using to write these words. There’s a romanticism to that. Everthing…

  • A non-irate insight, 1

    The outside world calms me. It softly caresses my mind while my senses are softly massaged. That is the meaning of sensuality. There are so many concepts in this world. Things we trade intellectually with other people that we give so much importance to. Targets inside our minds to love or hate. What need is…

  • Doctor Faustus the unbounded, Chapter 1

    Doctor Faustus walked through his study, pacing and looking at his jarred plant specimens. Broken roses, vines and thorny creatures populated the shelves of his study. For some reason, the doctor seems as if he’s caught lightning in a bottle. Suddenly, the side door opens, which brings his brisk pace to a controlled walk. A…

  • On Oppenheimer

    Dr. Oppenheimer was a man with a chip on his shoulder and a point to prove. He was an experimentally weak scientist, who had been ridiculed for his ideas early on in his career. Quantum theory was only an exciting field in Europe with its early adopters (Bohr, Heisenberg…). He knew there was an uncanny…