There has to be a place to put ideas and random thoughts that are totally related to the theme of bruised and battered but aren’t exactly a blog or don’t fit anywhere else. These are usually responses to what others have said or thought about, reflections. They might be responses to opinion pieces in online newspapers like the New York Times or The Huffington Post, or they might be comments on great blogs.
In response to Andy Martin’s blog in the New York Times, “The Phenomenology of Ugly: Sartre’s traumatic haircut and why ugliness may be indispensable to philosophy” where he talks about how Sartre believed serious, sustained questioning — arises out of, or perhaps with, a consciousness of one’s own ugliness. My thoughts on how people are often attracted to people who have suffered, who seem authentic, and maybe feeling (or being ugly) creates a kind of bond or compassion.
In response to Bob Herbert’s column in the New York Times, “A Sin and a Shame,” where he talks about how big companies in the US are stockpiling cash rather than keeping on employees…My thoughts on being an entrepreneur
In response to Paul Krugman’s “Defining Prosperity Down,” (in the New York Times) where he argues that the US government should take responsibility for job creation, in spite of deficits, rather than let unemployment find its “natural” level in a global economy…My thoughts on taking more personal responsibility when we’re unemployed.