Rites of passage

Sex and the Second Amendment

Sex and the Second Amendment

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This "Skeptic's Collection" column was first published in October of 2014. But in light of the recent mass shootings in, e.g., Las Vegas, NV, Sutherland Springs, TX, and Parkland, FL, it seems appropriate to reprint it now, especially given that the bravery, eloquence, and conscience of the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the latter city seem to have eventuated -- at least so we may hope -- a kind of moral conversion of the public debate on gun control. This column may well also be published as an essay in the Be-Zine, the other e-periodical for which I write. That is quite all right. To quote Mao Zedong:  "Let a hundred flowers bloom". I want to add my modest impetus to the newly "woke" consciousness regarding the Second Amendment. A well-regulated militia,
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"Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god."--Aristotle "I'm not anti-social; I'm pro-solitude."--Beth Buelow "We live, in fact,  in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship."--C. S. Lewis "One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude."--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe I've been spending a lot of time alone lately. Even though I'm really high on the introvert scale, I've always equated excessive time alone with loneliness. It's only been recently that I've understood that being alone is vital to my well-being. I didn't realize that inspiration is easier to allow in solitude. I didn't realize that I can hear myself think more clearly when I sit alone and quietly.