How a Pepperidge Farms cake revealed that everyone is obedient to something, if they realize it or not

My friend “Sally” has a brother who openly belittles her for being “blindly obedient” to her religion. Privately, Sally struggles to think more charitably of “John” who she thinks is a jerk. One summer their parents invited Sally’s family and John’s family to share their condo at the beach. They agreed until they found out—too … Continue reading How a Pepperidge Farms cake revealed that everyone is obedient to something, if they realize it or not

Don’t be afraid of my opinion, because I’m not afraid of yours

I’m fascinated by how many people are terrified to allow someone else an opinion contrary to their own. If someone says/writes/believes something differently than we do, we’re struck with an almost primal need to purge that difference. For some reason which I can’t figure out yet, we’re terrified by differences. The obvious examples are terrorists … Continue reading Don’t be afraid of my opinion, because I’m not afraid of yours