Masked Protester

Virtue Signaling

Dear Son, One of the most obnoxious habits that people have today is a behaviour called “Virtue Signaling.” I want to be sure that you know it for what it is, so that you avoid doing it yourself, and are mindful of people who engage in it. Virtue Signaling is when someone makes either low-risk, […]

Parliament Building, Ottawa

Voting

Dear Son, There is a federal election coming up in Canada on the 19th of October; very close to the day you will be born! We were both worried that we might not be able to vote because the chances of your mother going into labor around that time were very high. So, despite the […]

Quotation by Douglas Adams

Technological Progress

Dear Son, It is amazing how much the world has changed over the last forty years.  Imagining what the world was like before your own childhood can be a very strange thing.  Technology, in particular changes very rapidly, and can change almost everything about our culture. If it was something created when you were very […]

Shocked Girl

“That’s Offensive!”

Dear Son, Today the battle-cry of many dangerous and hateful people is “That’s offensive!”  They have succeeded in fooling the whole world into believing that words can do actual harm, especially to people who belong to certain groups.  It is nonsense and idiocy at its absolute highest level.  Words might hurt feelings, but they only […]

boy watching the rain

Idea-People and People-People

Dear Son, Many of my posts over the past couple of weeks have been political to some extent or another. I sometimes can be a bit boorish: I like talking about and thinking about the political… But the truth is that while politics are somewhat important, they are also boring as hell! The world is […]

Martin Luther King Jr.

Good, Evil, and Racism

Dear Son, A lot of people today don’t believe in the idea that Good and Evil are real things.  They see them as just being words use to manipulate the masses.  They would rather imagine that the fairness or equality should be the ultimate measures of what is right or wrong. This moral relativism is incredibly toxic.  It […]

Quad at Oxford University, England

More on Postsecondary Education

Dear Son, In a recent letter I talked a bit about Universities and College, and making sure that your education suited the life you had decided to make for yourself.  There are other things that concern me about them that are just as worrisome as whether or not the degree itself is valuable. In the […]