Life

Life

Every Outcome is the Result of Two Things

Once upon a time, I hired an electrician (let’s call him Billy) to do some work on my house. Long story short, Billy made a mess of things. Every time I look up and see my wrecked ceiling tile, I’m reminded that hiring Billy was a bad decision. But it […]

Life

Time for the Handshake to Bow Out

I recently interviewed Forneus, the Great Marquis of Hell, who originally developed the handshake as a way of “spreading pestilence and suffering o’r the land. An excerpt follows. Me: So, I understand the handshake wasn’t your first attempt at spreading germs throughout the human race, right? Forneus: That’s right, Ben. […]

Life

The Carnival Has Ended

Human life cannot be formless. We live by patterns. We move in comradeships. Conformity is evil when it distorts, flattens, and erases fruitful ways, strong ideas, natural identities; it is evil when it is a steamroller. But a man cannot escape being part of a milieu – and a recognizable […]