Should the Human Condition go High Tech?

Disclaimer: I am not a mental health professional.  This post shares observations which I have made solely on a personal level. Everything is automated now.  Often, we don’t even touch the sink faucet in a public restroom before washing our hands. Sensors on water faucets can help us avoid picking up additional microbes when we want our hands clean.  However, if you’ve ever soaped up your hands and then found it impossible to rinse them because the sensor on the tap has fallen asleep, you know modern technology isn’t always the answer. At the end of this post, please click … Continue reading Should the Human Condition go High Tech?

Sexual Harassment Looks So Stupid

When I was younger, I was harassed repeatedly by oafish men who thought they were sophisticated.  I remember the absurd, vulgar pride one of them expressed when I heard him (falsely) claim to his friends that he’d had intimate relations with me.  Everyone could see that I wanted nothing to do with him, so apparently he was claiming he had committed rape. That monster pursued me on a regular basis for six years, and for seven years after that he did inexcusable things in public places whenever I had the misfortune of running into him. When I spoke with friends … Continue reading Sexual Harassment Looks So Stupid

Ethical Questions About Paid Links

A link to an article in The Guardian appears at the end of this post. Although the practice described in The Guardian article seems most common among online users with significant followings (which I don’t have), I would like to clarify the policy for hcwrites.com: All links on this blogsite are sourced “organically,” and they are shared because they have potential for entertaining or informing visitors.  The same policy applies to my personal and public social media accounts.  However, I’ll admit I don’t know whether any of the posts I’ve shared were brought to my attention through another site’s paid promotion. In a few … Continue reading Ethical Questions About Paid Links

Rilke’s The Panther

HIS VISION, FROM THE CONSTANTLY PASSING BARS, HAS GROWN SO WEARY THAT IT CANNOT HOLD ANYTHING ELSE.  IT SEEMS TO HIM THERE ARE A THOUSAND BARS, AND BEHIND THE BARS, NO WORLD.   AS HE PACES IN CRAMPED CIRCLES, OVER AND OVER, THE MOVEMENT OF HIS POWERFUL SOFT STRIDES IS LIKE A RITUAL DANCE AROUND A CENTER IN WHICH A MIGHTY WILL STANDS PARALYZED.   ONLY AT TIMES, THE CURTAIN OF THE PUPILS LIFTS, QUIETLY–.  AN IMAGE INTERS IN, RUSHES DOWN THROUGH THE TENSED, ARRESTED MUSCLES, PLUNGES INTO THE HEART AND IS GONE.   RAINER MARIA RILKE,  THE PANTHER Continue reading Rilke’s The Panther

Hypocrisy Can Get so Weird

(This post appears in slightly different form on Helen’s Facebook page.) The username and avatar on this Twitter account have been erased from the screenshots because I don’t want to harass anyone personally. However, in case you’ve been oblivious to reactionary politics in the United States, take a look at the number of “likes” the post about Roy Moore has received. By all indications, the account holder isn’t a public figure, although he has the right hypocrisy to make it in the Trump Administration. Click each image (at the bottom of this post) to view it more clearly. You may … Continue reading Hypocrisy Can Get so Weird