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Social Theory

It's philosophy of people. A little bit of science; a little bit of opinion.

Envy - Deadly Sin of the The Green-Eyed-Monster

Submitted by Joel on Thu, 06/13/2019 - 18:55

Last week I did my best to represent sloth, but this week we're talking about envy and jealousy - desperately wanting what other people have or thinking that someone else is getting better than you and trying to bring them back down to where you are. Jealousy might be closer to greed, which I think is worse than envy, (so I haven't covered it yet!) but they're arguably close enough to be lumped together. 

Lust - The Least Deadly Sin

Submitted by Joel on Thu, 05/30/2019 - 09:12

Lust is one of those 'deadly sins' that's more of a throwback to a bygone era. 

Tell that to my divorced parents!

Sure, infidelity is a relationship killer (and the source of many a spouse's death, I'm sure), but many times it's not even 'lust', but 'pride' driving the cheater. It's proving that you're still attractive, or that you CAN.

Future Sight - Controlling the Weather

Submitted by Joel on Thu, 05/09/2019 - 11:50

Terraforming has long been a topic of sci-fi stories. The idea is if we're going to live on another planet, we need to make it comfortable for humans. While we are incredibly adaptable, we don't like changes in climate very much. Technology helps with things like air conditioning, but what if we could actually control the weather?

Future Sight - Private Eyes Are Watching You. They See Your Every Move.

Submitted by Joel on Thu, 04/25/2019 - 09:27

These days it's pretty hard to be a functioning member of society and also be 'off the grid'. Credit card purchases have been tracked for years, but now pretty much everything we do is monitored and cataloged and sold to advertisers who want to know everything there is to know about you. And now it appears that those 'free apps' we use are even listening to our conversations.

Future Sight - The Collapse of Capitalism

Submitted by Joel on Fri, 04/19/2019 - 05:43

All good things must come to an end. Capitalism is an amazing system for creating efficiency in society. It's not the best for humanitarian needs, but it capitalizes (pun intended) on humanity's driving urges... things like greed, sloth, vanity, and contentment. Through these things, capitalism can find ways to produce more with less, and that will just keep going and going and going... until it can't continue anymore.

Future Sight - The End Of Objective Reality

Submitted by Joel on Thu, 04/11/2019 - 05:49

By now, everyone's heard of fake news. To some, it means "Someone said something negative about me!", but to most, it means a story that looks like a factual news story from a reliable outlet, but in reality, it's just something someone made up for clicks. Sometimes, there's a tiny shred of truth to the news, but oftentimes, it's just completely fabricated.

Future Sight - Dumber, Smaller Robots Will Take Over The WORLD!

Submitted by Joel on Thu, 04/04/2019 - 04:33

When most people think of a movie about a swarm of robots taking over the world, they think Terminator or Matrix. But MY story would be about a new performance food called BioStrength, where a new company guarantees enhanced abilities with their foods. The star of the movie is a slightly aging detective, wanting to compete with the dangers on the streets. She starts eating the food and feels great! As the food keeps getting eating and the pills taken and the drinks imbibed, the hero can jump higher and run faster.