Culture

Right and wrong

Slavery is considered wrong and reprehensible, but there is a historical background that may shed some light on the matter. In ancient Greece, prisoners of war or criminals were often enslaved. The penalty was labour   →

The age of the machine is coming to an end

What is this modernity, which forever reshaped our society after the Great War of 1918, and guaranteed that architecture with a Corinthian order or flowering facade ornaments would never again be built, and where art,   →

Introvert era of psychologists and yogis

On a daily basis, we can read about the US President Donald Trump’s mental state, written by people who doesn’t know him, or never even met him. They are neither psychologists nor psychiatrists, yet they   →

The building blocks of the present

To those who have visited Rome, Athens or Pompeii, it seems obvious that Western culture is built on pagan Greco-Roman foundations. From the Greek colonization of the eastern Mediterranean around 700 BC to the fall   →

Progressivism or scientific advancement? In anticipation of a Habsburg space empire

When I started this blog, I wholeheartedly embraced the future promises of a new and better world. And it’s not that strange, many people share that view. Over time, however, the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčadvancement and   →

Anti-consumerism, class contempt and criticism of civilization

People buy too much junk. The large shopping malls are increasingly similar to shrines dedicated to the deities of waste and excess. Large companies mass produce unnecessary plastic gadgets that end up in the seas.   →

The post-meritocratic society

We used to refer to the West as the free world, as opposed to the Soviet Union, the Eastern Bloc, China etc. And there was a period around 1945-2000 when many people in the West   →

The tone and the glance

Working for justice is the finest thing there is. Already in the school books we raise people like Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Oskar Schindler and Mother Theresa. Leonidas, Henry VIII, and Patton are not   →

Special treatment in the name of justice

Code of conduct and rights manifestos can spoil the best of organizations, just look at Linux where it was decided to include more vulnerable groups, and soon MAGA caps and images of Trump-Tower were banned   →

Let the gloomy clouds disperse

When I was a child we believed in the future, we thought we soon would be travelling in hovers between the cities’ skyscrapers. And we expected that man would soon explore the stars. Nuclear power   →