Reason #4 to Keep Living: Gifts

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The preparation for Christmas, as usual, has left me feeling drained and overwhelmed.

I don’t mind spending money on important things, and the people I love fall especially into that category, but it can’t be denied that the time leading up to Christmas — the time in which gifts are bought and wrapped — is an extreme assault on the senses in our Western society. Everything becomes rushed and loud: advertisements scream out in sound and color from the radio, t.v., and billboards; the streets are full of hectic drivers; and even the people are constantly in an exasperated hurry, running from one shop or Christmas party to the next.  Continue reading

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Marxism and the Zombie Apocalypse: Questioning the Desire for Destruction in Western Culture

Last summer I witnessed numerous construction vehicles tear apart the parking lot outside the restaurant I worked at. I remember standing transfixed, staring out the glass front doors, the scent of tar thick in the air. Giant mechanical monsters rolled over the mess that used to be flawless cement, scooping and digging and plowing. I was fascinated by the destruction. I wanted to see the entire commercial complex completely demolished.

I don’t believe I am unique in this fascination. There is a reason apocalyptic books, movies, and t.v. shows are so intensely popular. The question is whether Marxism has anything to do with it. Continue reading