Rugged Individualism vs. Functional Civilization

“In our personal ambitions we are individualists. But in our seeking for economic and political progress as a nation, we all go up or else all go down as one people.” Franklin D. Roosevelt Today I read an article about some people who, having who voted a certain way, are getting impatient waiting for their…

Katie in Finland: Dystopian Nightmare Fuel

In this episode, Katie and Berin talk about how current events and policy changes being implemented by the United States government impacts their lives in Finland. Topics include economic and social fears, how their plans might change, and why so many people unsafe and uncertain right now.

This is My Fear: Statelessness

If for some reason we need to return to America — for a visit, because one of us lands a great job, because Finland chooses not to extend our residence for some reason — I’m afraid we’d be turned away. They’d separate Katie and I, question us for hours, ask why we lived abroad for…

My Politics? I’m Lawful Neutral

The closest I’ll come to stating a political ideology is to say that I’m lawful neutral. Social order is important, because nothing constructive gets done when everyone is allowed to do whatever they want without consequence. That’s just chaos, and while it might seem fun and look like the ultimate freedom for a while, in the…

Defeating the Oncoming Darkness

Stress is the disconnect between the way things are and the way we want them to be. I’m not sure who first said that — it might have been Thich Nhat Hahn, in one of the many books of his that I have read. At the moment I’m unable to source the quote, but we…