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Are personalities tied to the soul or to the body?

Ross Tripi

August 28, 2013

Growing up in Christian subculture, I have seen some odd combinations of what I once heard called “the protestant stallion and the Enlightenment jackass.”  One of these philosophical mules is the popular theory that the soul and the mind or personality are the same.  Rather than recognizing that...

Democracy is a farce, rule by the majority completely untrue

Ross Tripi

January 25, 2012

One of the biggest fallacies of the American political system is the idea of rule by majority.   Both the ideas that the majority does in fact rule and that it is right for the majority to rule are untrue. Democracy is one of the most dangerous and irrational methods by which to govern.  One of the...

Modern Christmas practices go against Christian teachings

Ross Tripi

December 7, 2011

As a Christian, I find the celebration of Christmas abhorrent.  When considering the holiday’s pagan roots and practices it can hardly be considered Christian. The modern celebration of the holiday encourages greed and a sense of entitlement to material goods, both of which are antithetical to Christian...

Republican presidential contender needs a lesson in metaphysics; man's sexual orientation can't be chosen, only acted on

Ross Tripi

November 16, 2011

A recent contender for the Republican Party’s nomination as a presidential candidate made a remark about how he believes that people choose their sexual orientation. Why someone’s view on where sexual orientation comes from is relevant to running for president, I don’t know. Regardless, his ignorance...

Internet has created new reality, alters forms of social interaction

Ross Tripi

October 19, 2011

We are currently living in a state of hyperreality, or we are very close to it. Things that are representative of reality are just as, if not more, important than that which they represent. It will eventually come to pass that our symbol of what we once thought reality looked like will become more appealing...

Accepted student faces deportation

Ross Tripi

October 5, 2011

It's awfully easy to treat the issue of immigration reform as secondary, something that can be dealt with after more "pressing" issues are resolved.  Such notions are quickly abandoned when the issue is made personal and the urgency made apparent.Consider Jonatan Martinez, a recent graduate from Macon State Unive...

Citizenship: an archaic practice that should be made obsolete

Ross Tripi

October 4, 2011

The issue of immigration reform is moot because citizenship is an archaic practice. It is the last vestige of medieval governance where the individual is property of the state. It promotes unnecessary rivalries and discrimination between people groups and forces employers to make irrational decisions...

Compromise, the illness of the political sphere

Ross Tripi

September 21, 2011

What is it that makes a good politician?  Rather, what character traits make it possible for someone to be elected? It would be nice to think that integrity is what impresses voters. However, one does not need to look too far in the past to see how easily and quickly elected officials forget about the...

Here we are, please entertain us

Ross Tripi

September 7, 2011

The Internet has destroyed our ability to value art, knowledge, and other people. With the advent of online stores like iTunes, art in the form of music has become a product as opposed to a method of expression. When once musicians were sponsored by proprietors, because they would otherwise be starving...

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