In Theory, Rap is Poetry
But in reality, it shouldn't be

We have inherited, through no fault of our own, a misconception of the poet. He is always sophisticated, highly educated, and initiated into the western tradition of thought. Bluntly put, a rich white man.

Because of this, we overlook an ancient and expressive poetic tradition, a modern cultural powerhouse, simply because it does not align with the white conception of poetry. This tradition we call rap, and label ‘low culture’.

Leisure and Oppression
How being useless makes us human

This article is about the power of leisure – to dignify and uplift the oppressed. But further than that, it is an exploration of what makes us human, why our humanity is currently under threat, and what we may do to resist.

A Tale of Two Philosophies

There exists in philosophy a fundamental divide, between practice and theory. Only by reconciling this schism, through philosophy as a way of life, can the discipline hope to…

Zen and the Art of Writing

The principles of Taoism applied to writing: How we can write more harmoniously, and live a fuller life through the craft.

How philosophy can make you happier

The Hellenistic period. Alexander the Great has just died, leaving behind a nation ripe for the taking. Now warlords and tyrants do battle, killing innocent civilians in the process, seeking to carve out an empire. The people live in fear, and comfort comes only in the embrace of philosophy. Similar to these ancient denizens we …

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