The Symbolism of Notre Dame

I have to admit, the last few days haven’t been the greatest. But the crowning glory was Notre Dame engulfed in flames. It’s hard to explain why it caused me to burst into tears, but it did. Notre Dame is a symbol of France. It’s symbolic of the hundreds of people who have worked on... Continue Reading →

Doctor Who: Change Begins With You

One of my friends told me this episode played to her worst nightmare: the inability to research history with accuracy. Historical research is already inaccurate, because unless you’re dealing with sources with proven facts and not eyewitness accounts, hearsay, historian hypothesis, or personal letters, whatever perspective you receive is slanted by someone’s bias. History is... Continue Reading →

Embrace the Emptiness

Virtue is only virtue in extremis. This is what he believes. Good is good in the final hour, in the deepest pit, without hope, without witness, without reward. People really hate the unknown. They try desperately to predict their futures, to map it out. They consult psychics, develop ten year plans, Google how to get... Continue Reading →

Doctor Who & the Price of Sacrifice

The Doctor had a bone to pick with capitalism this week, which I can’t disagree with; capitalism has its place, but not when it replaces humanity. In this episode, the Doctor slowly unravels the truth: humans have become “inefficient” in a space station, and their suits are programmed to kill expenses – these humans breathe... Continue Reading →

The Moral Complexities of Doctor Who

I had no intention of blogging my way through a season of Doctor Who, but I’m enjoying it so much, I thought “Why not?” This week, the Doctor takes Bill Potts to Regency England, and the show deals with some darker themes (sexism, racism, and slavery), while also presenting moral ambivalence and hypocrisy. The severe... Continue Reading →

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