A rich nation is one with Zero Domestic Poverty

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You are only rich if you have room at your table. We Live in Silence XVI, 2017 by Kudzanai Chiurai

We need to measure something else.

We need to stop measuring the rich and start measuring the poor. We need to stop measuring greed and start measuring good. …


That’s why it’s so messed up now. You’re young

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Some white guy meeting America’s founders

You’re obviously wasted. Just lie down in the bathtub and try to understand.

When am I?

American democracy was not founded in 1776. I know your mythology says this, but please think for a minute. At that time only 6% of the population could vote. Enslaving Greeks and Romans would be like 👍🏽, but those are two-thousand year old pedophiles. …


Oh God, why didn’t we learn this before

Now I’ve at least read The Great Influenza by John M. Barry. Depressingly, it often reads like the present — the denial, the absent President, the fall wave. I highly recommend reading it yourself, but as a teaser, here are eight things I learned. …


Things are bad. Why should you feel good?

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Svetlana telling Tony Soprano how it is

This is like saying that the sound of a fire alarm stresses you out. Uh, okay. YOU’RE ON FIRE!

I am just an above-average writer from an average situation. Most people in the world have been through some shit. America is in some shit now. It’s not going to feel good. It’s not supposed to feel good. …


Sleep deprivation doesn’t help your relationship

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For the love of God, if you’re sleepy just go to bed. The human brain is useless when tired, you need to turn it off and on again. Tell your partner you love them and go to bed. If you’re the hangry type, eat something.

Early in our marriage (when we fought more) we tried to talk everything out before bed and I’d just end up nodding off in the middle of some serious disclosure. …


We’re sick and tired of being sick and tired

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What wave?

Pandemic fatigue is real. It’s exhausting.

The opposite of solidarity is liquidarity

People just can’t on their own, so they don’t. Where I live, Sri Lanka is having its worst wave (a few hundred cases every day) but we’re definitely not on our best behavior. People are planning New Year’s, having birthday parties, going to the gym.

Our family declines the few invitation we get with the gritted subtext of why are you having this at all? But we’re the odd ones out. …


South Korea has arrested all of its living ex-Presidents. It’s possible

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All four of Korea’s living ex-Presidents have been arrested and convicted. This is a good thing

Americans are unused to prosecuting Presidents, but it really can be done. South Korea does it all the time. Out of 12 Presidents total, four have been convicted, a full 33%. All four living ex-Presidents have been convicted. You can do this America. …


You can’t debate someone else’s existence. That’s just genocidal

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Venus Xtravaganza (1965–1988). Feel sad even seeing this image.

Of the many legendary characters in the film, Venus Xtravaganza stands out. She is a beautiful, achingly delicate young girl with such fragile young dreams. …


The question isn’t whether America will break up. It’s how to put it back together

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What unites the United States? Most obviously, it’s the ability to go from California to New York without asking anybody. But Americans cannot do that anymore. During COVID, there are hard borders everywhere, and post-COVID is nowhere in sight. Are the states really united anymore?

People ask whether the United States will break up in Civil War, but they’re missing the point. 250,000 people have already died. The war has already been fought, and it was biological. America has already broken up. Just look at the map. …


A lesson from the Taoist sage Zhuangzi

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Zhuangzi contemplates a waterfall

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Indi Samarajiva

A writer living in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He/him. indi@indi.ca

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