An Exercise In Honesty
Write an essay (or other-formatted opinion piece) on a topic which you think most people would probably disapprove of you for espousing. Let's test the boundaries of our fellow open minds shall we? Have at it!
Personal vs Collective responsibility
Recent research continues to uncover the importance of the gut biome to healthy living. It has also shown the biome's condition can be easily monitored using only a few markers, and these are readily detected by small electronic implants. So far, these implants have been used only in research, but the technology exists to monitor healthy eating down to the individual level. However, since eating preferences also affect agricultural practices and with that, the environment. and since they impact health and with that, the health care system, what the person eats can harm the group. So where are the boundaries here and what legal action might follow? We would be impacting personal choice (at own cost) of totally legal food (like beef) and invading the body (implants). Would this ever be justified? Please give me your thoughts.
Quotes, Quips and Quavering Qualms.
Take one of your favorite philosophical quotes and explore it far too thoroughly; quiz it or Quixote it, interrogate it, fall in love with it, scoff at it, take it to outrageous conclusions, embed it in metaphor, blindfold it and turn it around, make it do the hokey pokey then judge yourself through it's knowing eyes!! In short, do as your sense of decorum and character dictates. As per usual, anything goes. Fiction and non-fiction, poetry and prose, humor and solemnity. All are welcome here. Have at it!
Self Evident Truths
Is there such a thing as self evident truth? What are some examples of self evident truths? While you're at it, can the essence of truth be contained in words or are words intrinsically inadequate to describe truth? and, can there be 'truths' or is there only 'the truth'? What truth is there in truths? Can you hold truths? Go about answering this (truly poorly phrased) inquiry any way you see fit. Fiction or non-fiction (which of those is truer by the way?) poetry or prose (truly it matters not) concurrence or descent, ignorance or bliss, truth or dare... Have at it!!!
Lets delve into the really hairy topics shall we? Or do you prefer your topics smooth? Is it acceptable to select? Fiction or non-fiction, poetry or prose, scientific detachment or moral revulsion. All opinions welcome.
christmas spirit: capitalist brainwashing or a memento of ancient times?
to me, christmas - and the act of gift giving, wrapping, and placing a child's behavior into the hands of a mysterious, far off man who watches them 24/7 to determine whether this behavior deserves a good or bad reward - is rather deceptive and not all true to the 'spirit of christmas'. it actually has me rather concerned that we have normalized being monitored constantly, and that we overlook the egregious human rights abuses of major corporations in the 'spirit of christmas'. please, write to me what the spirit of christmas is to you. this can be an essay, a poem, a joke, a memoir - any input will be a well-received gift :D
Thoughts of Change
With the changing of the seasons, and the change that has taken place over just the start of this generation, what has become of your mind? What has changed about your perceptions of reality, and how are you along with all of us to cope with this change? What are your thoughts on change, and what determines the difference between necessary and unnecessary change? Share your philosophical and imaginative thoughts on change and how it has impacted you recently! What lessons has change reveled to you? Go crazy with it!
Lament Or Celebrate The Inherent Insatiability Of Existence (30 Words Or Less)
Yep, that's what I said: 30 words or less. Exciting, right? Isn't it simply better to be restricted? To have rules to follow or even to break. After all, to accomplish something by limited means is a far more agreeable feat than to face the queasy expanse of a blank slate, is it not?
This post is so girl
Prosers! I have been doing some self reflection lately in quarantine and I would like to suggest what is (hopefully) a fun Challenge. I would like each of us to choose at least two posts from our favorite Prosers - one post which we will label "girl" and the other which we will label "boy" *Yes, I am aware gender as a binary concept has flaws - bear with me, folks Then I would like a description of why we think the author sounds more like a "boy" with one post and more like a "girl" with the other post - even if the author's gender is known. You must choose two posts for each author and assign them no matter what!