Being able to form strong bonds with other men is often essential to protecting a man’s well-being. The problem, however, is that a lot of men struggle to form deep, emotional, and meaningful connections with men in their lives, including those people they love or care about the most, such as their father or best friends.
Originally published at https://www.samwoolfe.com on October 18, 2021.
Self-promotion is a task that I presume I need to do as a freelancer. When cycles of little to no work become the norm — sometimes, unfortunately, lasting for weeks on end — I have two options, as all freelancers do: wait for work to come to me or find ways to take on more assignments and projects. The first strategy (well, not really a strategy, more of a dim hope) is not reliable. It’s great when people reach out to me with writing projects, or I get a referral, but this doesn’t happy very often.
Originally published at https://www.samwoolfe.com on October 11, 2021.
To Friedrich Nietzsche, the correct response to the trials, tribulations, and tragedies of life was one of embrace: a yes-saying attitude. This has since become known as the Nietzschean affirmation of life, and we can juxtapose it with the Schopenhauerian rejection of life: a no-saying to suffering.
Originally published at https://www.samwoolfe.com on October 4, 2021.
Tim Gaze is an Australian artist residing in the Adelaide Hills. Since the late 90s, he has been an active poet, writer, publisher, and performer. He is also notable as an artist specialising in asemic writing (expressive mark-making that has the appearance of a language). In 1997, Gaze, along with fellow artist Jim Leftwich, applied the term ‘asemic’ to the quasi-calligraphic works they were creating and sending out to various poetry magazines at the time.
Originally published at https://www.samwoolfe.com on September 27, 2021.
Food insecurity — the lack of regular access to enough nutritious food for growth, development, health, and activity — continues to be a major global problem. 2.37 billion people did not have access to safe and nutritious food in 2020 and worldwide undernourishment and hunger are on the rise. The world is off-track to meet the United Nations target of achieving zero hunger by 2030 — and this was true even before the coronavirus pandemic, which has deepened the hunger crisis in the most vulnerable regions.
Originally published at https://www.samwoolfe.com on September 7, 2021.
Kanna is a psychoactive succulent plant native to South Africa. San hunter-gatherers (or Bushmen), as well as Khoi pastoralists (or Hottentots), have used kanna for millennia, before written reports of the uses of these plants by European explorers and settlers emerged. These indigenous peoples have used kanna — the Khoi word for the plant — as a masticatory (something you chew for pleasure or to increase saliva). The literal translation of the Afrikaans name for the plant, ‘kougoed’, is ‘something to chew’. Kanna has also traditionally been used for the relief of thirst and hunger, to combat fatigue, as medicines, and for social and spiritual purposes.
Originally published at https://www.samwoolfe.com on September 2, 2021.
With international travel coming to a halt during the pandemic (or at least becoming cumbersome and prone to cancellation), I’ve been waiting patiently for the time when I can hop on a plane again and go on some trips that I’ve been planning.
Originally published at https://www.samwoolfe.com on August 31, 2021.
‘Drugs’, much like ‘religion’, evade a precise definition. There are standard, dictionary definitions of the term ‘drug’, either a substance (other than food) that influences motor, sensory, cognitive, or other bodily processes, or a substance that is used in the treatment, cure, prevention, or diagnosis of disease. Drugs are generally understood to be either psychoactive drugs or medicinal drugs. However, the two categories clearly cross over: many drugs are both psychoactive and medicinal, such as morphine. But societies also make distinctions, normative in nature, within these categories. For example, some psychoactive drugs are deemed good by some and bad by others. Drinking alcohol may be socially acceptable, but recreational heroin use generally is not.
Originally published at https://www.samwoolfe.com on August 23, 2021.
In his short polemic, Jews Don’t Count, the writer and comedian David Baddiel argues that progressives have left out one identity in their commitment to anti-racism and identity politics. As will be obvious: this group is the Jewish people. Here Baddiel makes the case — with incisiveness, nuance, and even-handedness (in my opinion) — for the prevalence of passive antisemitism in contemporary society, with much of the focus being on the UK.
Originally published at https://www.samwoolfe.com on August 9, 2021.
By 2050, there will be two million more people on the planet, who, like the population today, will be demanding cheap meat, eggs, and dairy. Given the massive environmental threats posed by animal agriculture, the situation will only get worse as the global population increases. So what can be done?
Originally published at https://www.samwoolfe.com on August 2, 2021.