For what it’s worth, I’m with Socrates: the unex­am­ined life is not worth living. These thoughts and rumi­na­tions are my ongoing attempt to make some sense of it all—and have a little fun along the way.

Sartre famously wrote that “l’enfer, c’est les autres”: hell is other people. But I’d rather suggest that “other people” are both hell and heaven. Strung between commu­nity and indi­vid­u­ality, the umbil­ical cord of iden­tity is a tenuous one.

It’s an attrac­tive propo­si­tion to believe that humans are in essence inclined to do good. But there is also a case to be made for the oppo­site: that humans’ true nature is driven by base and amoral appetites. These two views of human nature seem to be irreconcilable—but are they?

What used to be “enter­tain­ment” has become back­ground noise. It’s every­where, it’s plen­tiful, and it’s effort­less. Instead of being some­thing to do that adds value to our scarce free time, enter­tain­ment is becoming a generic mind-filler when we’ve got nothing better to do.