The Nature Of Peace

In honor of the late Martin Luther King Junior and the inauguration of President Obama to his second term, I thought I would share this thoughtful perspective on the concept of Peace and our challenge as humans living in a “civilized” society.

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The Palos Verdes Blue - Rare And FragileWhat is peace?

The definition in the Merriam-Webster dictionary (online) says this:

1 : a state of tranquillity or quiet: as

a: freedom from civil disturbance

b: a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom <a breach of the peace>

2 : freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions

3 : harmony in personal relations

4

a: a state or period of mutual concord between governments

b: a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity

5: used interjectionally to ask for silence or calm or as a greeting or farewell

at peace

: in a state of concord or tranquillity

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Surrounding Ourselves With Sound and Other Modern Household Survival Requirements

Flash back to before we established a "civilized" industrial-to-knowledge-to-conceptual economy such as we have been used to in modern times.  Survival was a matter of basics and most humans resided firmly in the very bottom layers of Maslow's hierarchy of needs pyramid: In absence of safeguards, systems and conveniences like government-supervised municipal programs, a regulated … Continue reading Surrounding Ourselves With Sound and Other Modern Household Survival Requirements

The Cell Phone as a Window Into Personal Context

What kind of context can you presume about someone's life, attitudes and values based on the kind of cell phone they carry? A good deal, actually. In the spirit of personal branding via consumer choice / behavior, i bring you yet another perspective from the Sociology of style...so put your crackberry aside for a few … Continue reading The Cell Phone as a Window Into Personal Context

In honor of my elevation to Freshly Pressed today, I would like to showcase another “Fresh” perspective. A true Anthropological blog featuring one of the most Narcissistic cultures out there, from the Omo Tribes in Ethiopia. A people after my own heart, if not necessarily my body image. 😉

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Last fall I had the chance to fulfill my one of my long-held dreams to visit the Omo valley and spend time with its remaining tribes.  The Omo valley is in the Southern part of Ethiopia and the lack of roads and infrastructure in the area makes it very difficult to reach and to explore.  Staying at two different camps over two weeks, seven of us were able to meet with four of the sixteen or so different tribal groups found in the region.  We spent time with members of the Surma (also called Suri) tribe, the Kara (Karo) tribe and their archenemies the Nyagathom and finally we had a brief but colorful encounter with the Hamar, one of the largest tribal groups in the area.  Two weeks was obviously not enough time to understand the richness of these vanishing cultures, but I got a few insights and a few…

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How Culture Can Lead to Style Mistakes: More Sociology of Style

Sometimes our context leads us in the wrong direction.  Here's a great piece from my friends at the Sociology of Style.  For the full article (as featured below) and more from Sociology of Style, click here: http://sociologyofstyle.com/2013/01/13/a-look-at-some-contemporary-style-mistakes/ A Bad Idea, Expressed Poorly: A Look at Some Contemporary Style Mistakes   Fashion is like the id. … Continue reading How Culture Can Lead to Style Mistakes: More Sociology of Style

Coke’s Courageous Campaign: Calling on Consumers to Share Responsibility For Solving the Obesity Problem

In the last several days, The Coca-Cola company launched an advertising campaign to raise awareness of the obesity problem we have in the U.S., to advocate for solutions to maintaining a healthy weight and to showcase all their product, program sponsorship and other programs aimed and addressing the issue from a corporate perspective, I recommend … Continue reading Coke’s Courageous Campaign: Calling on Consumers to Share Responsibility For Solving the Obesity Problem

Why Can’t We Stay Out Of Jodie Foster’s “Closet”? A Perspective On Celebrity As A Fetish

Let's start by defining the word fetish, lest everyone think we are discussing a different kind of topic. According to the Merriam Webster online dictionary, fetish is defined as: a : an object (as a small stone carving of an animal) believed to have magical power to protect or aid its owner; broadly : a … Continue reading Why Can’t We Stay Out Of Jodie Foster’s “Closet”? A Perspective On Celebrity As A Fetish

Sex And Dating: Culture Versus Nature?

Did Darwin have it wrong when it came to evolutionary biology and mating behavior?  An article in this Sunday's NY Times poses an interesting argument about the influence of culture. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/13/opinion/sunday/darwin-was-wrong-about-dating.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 Darwin Was Wrong About Dating A COUPLE of evolutionary psychologists recently published a book about human sexual behavior in prehistory called “Sex at Dawn.” … Continue reading Sex And Dating: Culture Versus Nature?

Sports With Balls: A Timeless Human Ritual

It's a Sunday in January in the U.S.A, which means that (according to a 2011 Harris Poll survey) 64% of the population will be watching football at some point today.  Among those, 2/3rds of men and just over half of all women.  According to another survey (by Gallup), only about 41% of Americans attend weekly … Continue reading Sports With Balls: A Timeless Human Ritual

MTV Reality Programming & the Labor of Identity Construction

Since I am on a “Millennial” kick lately, I thought I would share this really insightful and rigorous blog about Gen Y and Identity construction, and how MTV Reality TV Program in particular actually shows that, even though we talk about how diversity is a part of this generation’s expected social reality, that finding your identity niche amongst all of that diversity is actually of critical importance. Youth identify by their subculture tribes in many cases and if Sociology’s Labeling theory holds true, also tend to live up to the stereotypes of that subculture identity. I love the companion maids cleaning service from Jersey Shore, Buckwild, etc….a good debate starter at minimum and a really astute piece from The Judgemental Observer….

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Note to the reader:Below is a work in progress. I am sharing it here in the hopes of generating discussion and recommendations for further reading and research. 

American children born after 1980 are the largest, most racially and ethnically diverse generation in U.S. history. They have seen an African American be reelected as the President of the United States of America. Many high schools now have Gay-Straight Alliance clubs (even as the bullying of gay students continues). Thus, Millennials are often labeled as “post racial,” “post gender,” or “pomosexual,” as if they have solved the eternal problem of human difference that none of us, stretching back for centuries, have been able to solve. However, according to studies conducted by the Applied Research Center, today’s youth still see race (and identity in general):

“The majority of people in our focus groups continue to see racism at work in multiple…

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