And we will bury them with their own confusion

Our enemies shall talk themselves to death, and we will bury them with their own confusion. We shall prevail!

— Big Brother from the 1984 commercial

In the fifty years since Neil Armstrong uttered “one small step for a man, one giant step for mankind”, the American cultural decline has…

How to (really) make the world a better place

“What you do is important, you are making a difference every day!”

“Come make an impact at Random Startup #5645!”

If you work in Silicon Valley, chances are you’ve heard a version of the above before, usually from recruiters or a pep talk by management.

As someone who spent twenty…

How to make sure Trump never happens again

“If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket.” — Lyndon B. Johnson

LBJ was a man from the South and he knew his fellow Southerners well. While racism has never left this country, it has been…

The fall of Meritocracy

“The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.”

- The Second Coming

Almost exactly one hundred years ago, William Yeats wrote these words in The Second Coming as his pregnant wife lay…

This post contains minor spoilers for The Rise of Skywalker. I think with it being available on Disney+ since a week ago, anyone who cares would’ve seen it by now. You’ve been warned.

With that said, I was disappointed with The Rise of Skywalker. It’s not just light speed capable…

A story told to me by the Spirit of Iboga in my first Fire Ceremony in Costa Rica, 2014

In the beginning, there was Spirit. Spirit was not created from anything, it simply is.

Spirit created the physical universe, and it was good. Spirit then populated the universe with countless…

Helen Ma

I write code for a living, but my real love is writing about living.

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