So, what is this blog?

The short answer is a little bit of everything. Some will be inspired writings from previous works I have done over the past couple of decades, but most will be more contemporary works of social and economic commentary and philosophy. As time progresses, I will transition towards analysis on events and current topics as my foundational pieces and philosophies are established here.

So why a blog?

I have spent the better part of the past three decades as a student of humanity. One of my gifts or rather curses is that my mind (being on…


The Nostalgia Industry: The Joy of the Past for a Hopeless Future

Robert Heinlein had a quote, and I believe it was in his book “Time Enough for Love,” although I cannot find it at this time that says along the lines that young people live in the future, adults mostly the present, and old people live mostly in the past at which point it is a sign of old age, infirmity, and approaching death. This is not wrong, and it is indicative of the mental status of what an individual is looking forward to. When you have much to…


Welcome to the first of my analysis pieces. Opening this segment is the Republican GOP outvote of Liz Cheney from House Leadership. So why is this important? Liz Cheney comes from GOP and Corporate royalty, being the daughter of Dick Cheney, who was VP through the Bush Jr Presidency and CEO of Haliburton (yes, that Haliburton). As such, in a traditional GOP setting, her position would be secure. However, we know this is no longer a traditional GOP or Democrat setting with divisions occurring within both parties. Likewise, it is an inflection point in the internal conflict happening within the…


Is it just me, or are there more bullies out there than there used to be? The tropes such as Karens, Kyles, Carls, and whatever name the depths of the internets decide to churn out next to be used to label less than savory characters, I think, are symptomatic of something else going on. While there is definitely a stress state in society at large, and this article is not going to address all the inputs that lead to people being generally nasty to one another, I am going to hit on one topic that I have been worried about…


Author’s note: All hyperlinks throughout the article lead to primary and secondary sources as well as examples and will be a primer for additional articles.

This is a hard article to write. As for myself, I grew up on 80s Saturday morning cartoons. Cheered on G.I. Joe, Optimus Prime, and the many staples of frankly, the best decade the U.S. had to offer a child, in my humble opinion. I lived in the rural South, proud to be an American, and feeling lucky to be born in the greatest country on the planet. No one else could compare. We were…


Social Identity and how it impacts us is a topic I will hit on from time to time as it is pretty much the biggest tool in the toolbox for bringing groups of people together for good or bad intent. Social Identity stems from the human need to belong to a group. This is not a bad thing; it is an evolved trait. Rewind to when what would eventually be modern humans left what would eventually be South Africa a million or so years ago. Back then, being in a tribe was needed for survival. It is rather hard to…


By definition, I am what is called a Xennial, not quite old enough to be Gen X but not young enough to be a Millennial, raised in the midst of the analog to digital transition, with the best Saturday morning cartoons, before sugar was deemed “bad”, Halloween masks had you trick or treating effectively blind and hypoxic, and in High School cell phones could last a week on a single charge but would take a few minutes to type a single text message (9, 33, 0, 777, 666, 222, 55, 33, 3), and computers that screamed at you when trying…


Burnout, especially on the employment side of the fence, has been the hot topic among management circles with questions on how to deal with employee burnout. Things are discussed in meetings; consultants may be hired, everyone scratches their head because it is affecting morale and productivity, and generally ends in everyone getting a $15.00 gift card to Starbucks to help improve morale. Meanwhile, the overworked employees are thinking, “Soooooo, instead of an actual raise to at least match inflation rates, they think I can be bought with a couple caramel macchiatos. They do know that any pay raise less than…


Most of us who have spent time in the job market has seen many a job posting for jobs with what appears to be a ridiculous amount of experience required. In the world of information technology, it has even become meme-worthy, with one I recall showing that the experience requirement for a particular software package was twice as long as the software was in existence. While somewhat humorous and leads one to question the competence of the hiring manager along with the human resources department, this is indicative of a larger problem. In a job market that has been screaming…

Neal Cook

Futurist and Standup Philosopher

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