Divorce Corp Documentary Review

“Predatory Industry Practices”

“Insufficient checks and balances”

“Judicial Corruption”

These phrases comprise the apex of constitutional injury chronicled in the documentary Divorce Corp. The film deviates from the underlying peril of a Constitutional CRISIS in action and focuses on communicating the extent of the abuses of the public in addition to generalized public ignorance. 

However the film is FAR from insulting toward the general public with first & second hand knowledge of the Family Court system and neither is it a blanket ideological assault against legal and judicial practitioners. Perhaps no other legal arena exposes the challenges and perils with logic agreement as does this documentary. The film doesn’t chronicle the burdens shifted to State agencies or the political climate these agencies must operate in when faced with picking up the pieces of individual lives of predators and prey. Add in the social “slacktivism” associated with grassroots communication and the ideological frankness is what allows the film a balanced reach with facts, evidence and appeal. A deeper analysis for students and the general public certainly has been given “wiggle room” due to the film and the film continues to reach new audiences daily. The film doesn’t lack for “evidence based” support for it’s claims of both individual and constitutional injury across The United States and it’s Territories. 

The film made me stop and reread a section from Christopher Krebs A Most Dangerous Book: Tactius Germania from The Roman Empire to The Third Reich. Krebs passes on his own insight into public oratory and the legal systems DEPENDENCE upon it. Krebs shares a collective review on Tactius mastery of insuination, narrative structure and outright gossip. It was the films repeated return to Equity that brought Krebs and Tactius to mind. Divorce Corp strikes a pose in its portrayal of what Equity OUGHT TO BE as it chronicles battle after battle between provider and dependent(s.) The posturing that implicates the system and its representatives as a problem allows the narrative to showcase the effect of Family Court practices on the Constitution and the public without OVERUSE of the premise of a Constitutional Crisis. The crisis viewed as a disease is frightening. From this position repetition of social abuses arguably mirror the mind numbing trauma of propaganda for those inside the circus and insinuates the gaslighting cultural elements involved in abusing both the public and legal systems. The film is highly critical of Family Court as an industry and as a centerpiece of reform it walked the line so to speak. But the numbers speak so loudly you can’t entertain anything else. While it does define key concepts such as “Family court is a Court of Equity” it does not outline a plan of reform or even action on screen. Communicating the problem is so pressing and the need for ethical response so great, that communicating the basic structural concepts alongside their magnitude takes precedence. 

That’s all it can do. 

And that IS the point. 

The Aesthetics of Gracious Plenty 

The custom of tipping service providers is arguably ancient, regardless of geographic location. Yesterday I was reminded of a cherished regional idiom: Gracious Plenty. Depending on whom you consult, the term in the United States is Southern, culinary, anachronistic (18th Century,) and of course Religious which is somewhat synonymous with Christian -(excuse the Yankees for their decadence we presume?) 

My first client of the day left my tip in an envelope when her session was finished. She wrote my name on the envelope and a personal thank you for what she appreciated about the session. I was humbled. I’ve had some adversity & I’ve struggled with it for quite some time. Arguably it has affected the quality and substance of my work, so to receive praise in addition to a 20% tip was the equivalent of a ray of light in the aftermath of a devestating storm. 

Shortly after resetting my room and a timely break, my co-worker Malia popped in the breakroom and asked if she had left me a tip. I saw no reason to question her question and immediately said “Yes, she left me cash.” Malia asked how much she left and again I saw no reason to think twice and answered honestly “Twenty. Why?” Malia looked puzzled and replied “She didn’t leave me anything.” I showed her my gratuity envelope. It had been sealed, addressed to me with a personal note written on the outside. Without hesitation I asked her “Do you want ten?” And had she said yes, I certainly WOULD have given it to her with no second thought. But Malia said “No. It’s alright. I wonder if I overlooked one in my own room?” And she left to check. 

I immediately said to another co-worker “Ooohh! This is my next blog post!” 

That was three days ago. If Malia found a tip she didn’t say anything. And since I’ve just found out I’m moving I haven’t thought beyond making time to write this post to ask her. 

What is Gracious Plenty? 

The client in question was a very thoughtful and down to earth lady. I work for a smaller spa franchise now and it’s not a hotel. The tip in the envelope addressed to me is within reasonable limits of what the majority of massage therapists and estheticians receive per one hour service on average. A twenty dollar tip has been the industry standard for the entire twenty years I’ve been a massage therapist. I have gotten tips larger than this. I’ve been with my current employer less than two months and already received a larger tip. But what about Gracious Plenty? Whom decides what the ethical response is? 

Gracious Plenty is a concept derived from Axiology. Axiology has a REFLEXIVE COMPONENT. Therefore the question of wether or not to “tip share,”and share the tip, does necessitate an UNSPOKEN UNDERLYING ETHICAL UNITY. However the premise or idea of observer bias can always be derided as a Postmodern”Loop Hole” and not JUST a metaphysical ILLUSION- value judgments CAN BE made with the wrong presumption in mind. 

It can be argued that the chain of casuality began with the client. Her choices presented Malia and I with an ethical quandry. It also allowed Malia and I to exercise our own understanding of what A “Gracious Plenty” means. 

Regardless of our individual choices, Malia and I reached a decision that seems not to have damaged our daily interactions. We still work as a team. We still assist each other and our colleagues in daily tasks and chores. I still put esthetics laundry in the wash and dryer. Malia still makes certain that her clients receive their robe, wrap and slippers before I pick them up for their next service. 

I am certain Malia does a wonderful job for her clients. And I am humbled that the guest in question overlooked her. Presumably her mind was on the last thing she experienced when checking out: the massage she received from me. But Malia ALSO attended to her requests before the client got on my massage table. Neither Malia nor I will ever know the actual impact of the facial Malia provided for this particular guest. What we do know is that the practice and experience of Graciousness is truly an internal one. The presence of Graciousness calls on each to take note: Someone has turned on the stage lighting.  

The Aesthetics of Gracious Plenty: Part Two http://wp.me/pVYGl-1su 

Beauty is power: A smile is it’s sword. – John Ray 

Finding Captain Sisko and other disagreements in logic

This is a story in several acts, in the end. However, before the end is reached, there are some significant sonnets that stand apart.  

Captain Benjamin Sisko is known around the world as the Starfleet Commander of Deep Space Nine, on the edge of the gateway to Gamma quadrant. Starfleet placed him there to administer both the station and the reconstruction of the nearby planet Bajor. Captain Sisko underwent a metaphysical crisis by the end of Deep Space Nine’s seventh season. It appeared that more than one death was required to bring equilibrium to the “space between spaces.”

Since DS9 ceased production it’s fan base has clammored for it’s return. I remember watching the occasional episode when it was still on air. Too often the present goes unnoticed and underappreciated. Fifteen years years later, I asked my nephew Julian, to call me Moogie. 

I never was a faithful watcher of DS9 during its run. I only saw the whole series in 2009 and that, being after the fact, is it’s own subjective conundrum. I own every episode now but need to buy them AGAIN because the box set packaging has cracked from repeated use. 

Yes, Captain Sisko can always be seen in stolen moments. But it doesn’t explain what became of him. DS9 was sneaky about genre. Sci-Fi appears to be a stand alone category. Time in Science Fiction is faithful to Godel: to a fault some presume. Then there is Fantasy. What separates these genres? Magic? Magic alone? What happens to men? Commanders who occupy the times of “Great Men”? 

Let me say something downright frightening. Was Godel wrong and what was wrong with HIS theory? His theory isn’t synonymous with Postmodernism. But here I sit writing, my fellow Trek fans in spirit beside me, watching the series long after Avery Brooks has washed his hands of Dukat and joined the Mormons…excuse me. He joined Prophet(s.) Plural. I don’t think I am the only one who questions if Sisko and Avery chose a red or white rose when they left, but I did notice that the State of Utah does welcome Muslims of both Shiia and Shite backgrounds circa the 21st century. 

Is it possible that when and where the Lord closes a door perhaps he does open other windows? 

On that note, I continue to wait for the DS9 documentary and pray that one day the faithful will be rewarded with a glimpse of a new spin off, with or without Avery Brooks. I do fear however that Chris Carter of the X-Files may yet turn out to have the final answer. That Mulder and Scully have indeed succumbed to a fatal dose of postmodernism and in so doing have cost us our very own last glimpse of Captain Sisko. 

Arizona State seeks PhD. Research Associate for Obesity & Body Image study 

Occasionally LMT’s professional growth and development curves lead them beyond bodywork practice. For those with an academic background, those encountering the limits of continuing education without a master’s degree at the very least, and for prospective massage and bodywork students who intend to pursue research, this notice from Arizona State outlines one Avenue of approach. 

Best of Luck!

Arizona State University/Obesity Solutions—Post-Doctoral Research Associate—deadline March 15, 2017

The Mayo Clinic/ASU Obesity Solutions initiative, based at Arizona State University, seeks to hire a post-doctoral research associate.  The position will help design, lead, and directly manage a citizen-science project, Older and Wiser BITs (Body Image Talks): Citizen Scientists in the Valley of the Sun, to better understand the links between obesity-related stigma and aging. A major focus will be on better understanding ‘body talk’ and aging through collaboration with senior citizen-scientists.  The duties include training and mentoring graduate students, undergraduate students, and citizen-scientists as research collaborators in appropriate social science and linguistic methods; additional duties include managing the overall project approval and data collection process in senior living facilities and communities in and across Maricopa County, data analysis, and collaborating on publishing the findings in peer-reviewed journals. The position may also include outreach activities such as social and traditional media and public meetings, as a goal is to engage and empower citizens in self-advocacy techniques with regard to body stigma and other challenges to maintaining healthy body weights.

The post-doctoral research associate will work closely with Mayo Clinic/ASU Obesity Solutions and its affiliate faculty, staff, and student interns. This position demands a high level of collaboration within a large, complex, fast-moving transdisciplinary team, benefitting from a high level of adaptability. Anticipated start date will be June 2017, but may begin earlier by mutual agreement.  Only one fiscal year of appointment is anticipated at this time. This is a grant funded position. Anticipated ending date, June 30, 2018 depending on the actual start date.

Required Qualifications:

  • Recent PhD in anthropology, sociolinguistics or other relevant social science field
  •  Proven capacity to independently manage a research project from start to finish
  • Experience in the systematic application of social science methods in community-based research
  •  Current driver’s license
  •  Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Proven record of academic publication and/or external grant receipt
  • Proven capacity to work effectively in a highly collaborative, team environment
  • Record of executing citizen science or public outreach activities
  • Experience with IRB processes
  • Experience in media, including social media platforms
  • Experience working with aging/senior populations
  • Experience training diverse undergraduate students
  • Skills in language-related analytic methods
  • Experience using MaxQDA
  • Fluency or near fluency in Spanish

 

Initial receipt of complete applications is March 15, 2017; if not filled review of complete applications will continue every week thereafter until the search is closed. To apply, please send electronically to Deborah.L.Williams@asu.edu  a brief cover letter and curriculum vitae. Background check is required for employment.

 

OBESITY SOLUTIONS brings together the world-renowned doctors of the Mayo Clinic distinguished scientists at Arizona State University, and many other universities, communities, businesses, and government to identify, test, and share innovative ways of addressing obesity. It is moving well beyond traditional modes of doing medicine and science, applying new approaches that are more multi-faceted, trans-disciplinary, innovative, person-centered and agile.

We offer a dynamic, collegial, and challenging work environment due to the pace of innovation, complex array of research and academic programs, and high profile initiatives.  For complete information seehttp://obesitysolutions.asu.edu

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. ASU’s full non-discrimination statement (ACD 401) is located on the ASU website at:https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html   https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/



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Cindi SturtzSreetharan
Associate Professor 
School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Arizona State University

P.O. Box 872402 | Tempe, Arizona 85287-2402 | SHESC 


“We bring them the plague and they do not know it.”; Propaganda and President Trump

I do feel secure in presuming that I’m not the only American who didn’t vote in 2016. I also feel no guilt watching President Trump on TV, reading his Tweets, listening to his “alternative facts,” or learning more about how his decisions and actions ruffle and offend my fellow human beings at home and abroad. However, my hope President Trump’s banter or rather verbal jousting, would turn into instructive talking points is fading. 

CNN had a clip of John McCain righteously criticizing Trump over his pro reconciliation stance toward an ancient country by European  standards. The largest Eurasian country that ever existed, originally was called Russia. After the October Revolution, for sixty some odd years the country was known by more pseudonyms than any other country in Europe. McCain’s opinion of Trump’s stance was crystal clear. But his logic…. failed with me in a curious way. That’s right. Pardon me sir for saying as much.

John McCain begged the question folks. While it may be standard rhetorical practice and while the intent does retain integral power, I’m questioning its deployment. He used the word MORALITY and he used it AS AN ABSOLUTE VALUE and he didn’t blink or pause. 

Mr. McCain I know you of all people don’t need me to ask YOUR PARDON for pointing out that you know what begging the question is in visceral way. You don’t need the likes of me, who never served in the armed forces, who doesn’t and hasn’t attended church in quite sometime, to tell you or explain to anyone how and why that move to speak on your part, constitues one step forward and at least one step back. All global humanity still has time to make time. Time to think of Freud and Wittgenstein as some cross their fingers while others around us make a sign of the cross, that your word choice includes more THAN TWO STEPS in logic.  

Absolute value? After Bosnia? Absolute value after Benghazi? Absolute value. Is the Bowling Green massacre an example of an absolute value on the same scale? Why not? For whom? The Ivy League University that is developing the meme further or the pizza joint that a client told me yesterday coined the meme?

Donald Trump is what the private sector allowed him to become and until now, has permitted him to be. Mr. McCain, I’m not going to tell you or anyone anything about anything at all. I am going to mention what I didn’t hear you say. I didn’t even hear it implied in the CNN news clip of you addressing Congress. 

I did not hear you say: 

a.) The freedom of American citizens to travel abroad has been theoretically impinged by the ACA (affordable care act’s) reliance on interstate commerce. 

b.) The President’s comments are a bit too close to Free Speech – the bigger problem Trump’s comments are creating by example can be tied to ideology thru The First Amendment and from there, they could destabilize The Fourth Amendment’s role as a privacy shield. Doing so places an undue burden on the interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment. Etc. 

c.) The President’s nominee to The Supreme Court, Gorsuch, is comming from Colorado that for the last few years has actively been testing a new policy toward a critical and crucial juncture in the legalization of Schedule I marijuana. 

Mr. McCain I didn’t hear you explaining to Congress WHAT THEY ALREADY KNOW. I didn’t hear the Fourth and Fifth Columns of American government telling me what to think or how to interpret your rebuke either. 

Senator McCain, I haven’t yet watched Dame Helen Mirren’s performance in the movie Winchester but I do plan to make time. Hopefully I’ll be able to view it before I complete my paralegal associates in lieu of Graduate School. I didn’t realize my choice to continue my professional growth and development was a cause of national concern. I appreciate being notified of my subversive transgressions against the 99% of American citizens that aren’t narcissists. That aren’t fascist or communist. Free Speech indeed, that my new android phone just permitted me to write the previous sentence and didn’t label it a fragment in need of revision. 

Artificial Intelligence. Oh really? With a gambler in the house?

The Edge Challenge 2017: What scientific concepts deserve to be more widely known?

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I recently purchased a copy of Sam Harris’ book Letter to a Christian Nation. I had intended to purchase his book Free Will but changed my mind.

I could say: “Sam Harris is wrong.” But why? Why would-should I? What value can I offer my readers, Mr. Harris readers, The Edge contributors etc., by critiquing an argument I’ve not read, predicated on the logical progression of a ‘related argument’ by the same author? Would I be begging the question the author also begged? Would doing so implicate me in a formal or informal fallacy of logic? Why might a distinction between formal and informal be a barometer of sorts?

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I was interested in his assertion that Free Will is an illusion, and I wanted to listen to a nuanced discussion of solipsism, by someone educated enough to not just know and understand what “begging the question” IS, but also someone rhetorically able to debate and teach. Someone able to frame the limitations imposed by any beliefs that “beg the question,” regardless of the paradigm.

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I then proceeded to observe my navel and inadvertently created circumstances that support his argument. I wanted to buy his treatise on “reductionism.” I knew that my checking account was depleted. I knew that it was likely I would deplete it to danger level before my next pay day, and that should my insecure guilt catch up to me, any purchase I made thru Amazon’s used book market place, would obligate me to pay for return postage. And I bought the book I didn’t want, anyway. I bought other things. All on sale etc,.etc. And here I sit. One week till my next pay day, short on the weekly bus pass to get to work beginning tomorrow and just as shameful, I’m now short of the Uber/Lyft cab fare necessary to get TO CLASS where I’m working on my paralegal associates to compliment my undergraduate degree.

The name of this blog is Borderlands of Health and Wellness. Just in case you’ve forgot.

My fellow Americans, I am a biological member of a family that votes Republican. I currently live in Tennessee, just North of God’s Country, known to fellow Americans and expatriates as The Grid Iron Throne. Alabama.

On my mother’s nuclear family side, the only member SUSPECTED of voting for a member of the Democratic party in the last 65 years (because we are too estranged a unit to discuss such matters unless we intend to SHORTEN a visit, conversation, or FUTURE family get togethers) passed away on All Souls Day, 2012. The “suspect” before returning to The United States for hospice care, was an MD who worked in mental health abroad. On those visits he did make to the U.S.A. before his passing, his daughter always came first, as she should. His other family, (sisters, brothers, cousins, nieces etc. never were guaranteed a visit and got a phone call occasionally, if we were privileged.)

On my father’s side, the LAST purported Democrat, who voted for ROOSEVELT people, was the youngest son of a second wife, a progenitor who graduated from Samford University (a Baptist college affiliated with Birmingham Southern)in Birmingham Alabama and married again after his first wife’s death. What capital, assets, this progenitor possessed, paid for University educations for each of his children until his money was exhausted. My paternal grandfather, saw his father’s assets provide such boons for his siblings and knew, all that would remain for him, would be family land. So he only completed his education thru the 6th grade if I’m not mistaken, and chose to became a farmer.

Why did I begin this post with a clear appeal to scientific literacy, insinuate to the reader that the public intellectual who also promotes the results of The Edge Challenge on his website may be
a) wrong
b) leaving out information
and
c) run the risk of annoying and loosing my readers with a personal anecdote that clearly is moving in a somewhat aposterori direction?

Here’s why.

Historical mimesis. Aristotle coined the term and concept more than 2,000 years ago. There are numerous terms that describe the same phenomenon concentrated in a diverse array of subject matter. I’m choosing this term to essentially “dial down” from the clear and present concerns presented by the first 100 days of the current presidential administration. I can’t speak with complete certainty for anyone but myself, but meta narratives caught many Americans off guard since 2000 A.D. at the very least. Author Sam Harris I wager in his book, Letter to a Christian Nation has predicated his letter-tome on the premise of natural philosophy and mimesis. His argument is aesthetically dependant on begging his own question and I will wager in the paragraphs to follow that at no point, does his book, Letter to a Christian Nation bring up “Universal History.” Sam Harris could and can run circles around me, but it doesn’t change the fact that he has a red ball under a nutshell and is doing a magic trick that makes use of observer bias. It also doesn’t negate his views.

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Regardless of who your family voted for in the 2016 election, Donald Trump has won. Regardless of the origins of The Tea Party phenomenon, it caught fire on both coasts of The United States and burned right to the center. Regardless of how ethnically diverse either political party is in fact, portrayed as, or rhetorically marketed to be, the premise any health care system is based on, operates on the scientific law that human beings have a limited shelf life. We catch fire, we wear out, burn out, burn down.

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I dropped the ball for myself and my family (if idealism is a scientific law) buying Sam Harris book. The review I read gave me a false impression of the content to be found between its covers. Its not without value don’t get me wrong.

But when I am ready to write “The End of History and The Last Woman” I will. And not before. Consider this statement dear academics and fellow writers as my claim to this book, paper and treatise. Don’t touch my book title Mary Shelley.

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I dropped the ball the moment I walked into the Macy’s at The Mall at Green Hills in Nashville and walked to the jewelry clearance rack and purchased Ralph Lauren, Lora and Lilly and INC, item(s.) I got great deals on the prices. I can accept cash tips that MAY allow me to cover my self imposed shortfall before my next pay day. But I’m NOT guaranteed CASH TIPS. EVER. No wellness employer hands out cash to employees at the end of each shift in advance of tips left on credit or debit cards. I just essentially GAMBLED big time for the wrong reasons. Or did I?

Free Will. Free Will? Free. Free? Will. Etc,.

Where is intentionality now? Where is the individual? Am I alone in a forest listening for a falling tree, or am I listening to the delicate sounds of Sturm and Drang? Is it a fallacy of equivocation on my part or let’s say Mr. Harris himself, if he contacted me to state correctly, that to berate myself for my actions would be a morally baseless and abusive action ONLY if I had failed to calculate the odds of receiving cash tips alongside the intervals of time between the point of purchase, number of work days and my departure for my next class?

REDUX

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Moral. Not Mortal. Moral. I will now make a bet with my readers. I will wager a guest blogger article hosted on both this blog and my personal blog, Ashley M. Heidi Carter, that in his book Letter to a Christian Nation, author Sam Harris AT NO TIME draws a Direct dual link between ontology, either theological or philosophical and aesthetics. I wager he never mentions Avveroes (Ibn Rushid’s) The Double Truth. I also wager, he never calls Universal History by that name. To do so…

I know I can and believe many of my readers could, choose a variety of substitute concepts to replace the innate diversity of aesthetics, and still communicate the notion that although human reason can demonstrably exist apart and independent of a divine creator, the idea of ‘natural law’ is bifurcated to include the unknown variable.

Manifest Destiny. Destiny made manifest?

Civics 101 ladies and gents! The Bill of Rights is not a legally binding document. Abraham Lincoln is quoted as saying the document “Is a REBUKE.” In America we have inalienable rights. The Bill of Rights famously includes a fallacy of equivocation that HAS BEEN USED TO CREATE THE ILLUSION OF MANIFEST DESTINY IN PERPETUITY. Historically, NO GOVERNMENT can legislate the ontological ACCORDING TO GENRE…and law. Are you sure about that Free Will fallacy Sam? Can I trust your judgement Sam? How far can any of “US” trust you with a Free Will argument today, The 30th of January, 2016. The day the Associate Attorney General of The United States resigned or was fired? Free Will?

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Averroes. Ibn Rushid. The Double Truth. Former President Obama and current POTUS Trump DID NOT EXCHANGE SPOUSES. Let’s ALL REMEMBER NOT TO BEG THE QUESTION (s) of sociology, cultural arrogance and aesthetics. Let’s all remember that axiology is the step child of epistemology and proceed accordingly to our better judgment:Even though none other than Ronald Regan himself was once PURPORTED to have called Osama Bin Laden a “Freedom Fighter.” I think that “quote” deserves a “Fact Check.” If Idolatry is “the problem” why should Sam Harris get a pass for a “IDEOlogical fallacy” rather than a “white lie?”

Thought for the Day: Defining Bullshit

The Chronicle of Higher Education has just made my day, or rather two professors at The University of Washington. It’s a crying shame they aren’t located in D.C. and/or that they haven’t YET exported their wit to every State in the Union.

Here is the opening line from The Chronicle’s current Post Truth issue:

“Facts and figures are like cow pastures. Unless you squint, you can’t always tell how full of bullshit they are.”

That’s correct readers. It seems AT LEAST TWO tenured (?) academics have struck marketing gold! At my Alma Matter, the class was titled Borderlands of Science and Religion and you can view the wit who created it, under this blog’s About tab.

The current Chronicle article has a Q & A with the academics in question and I recommend giving it a read.

"Every person must choose how much truth he can stand." — Irvin D. Yalom (When Nietzsche Wept)