Damn It

I think of the economy as a great river that has been dammed. On one side, the one percent and on the other side the rest of us. The dam was built to control the flow of wealth, with the one percent monopolizing the river and the reservoir and the rest of us reliant on the trickle that flows downstream from the obstruction that prevents everyone from benefiting from the river’s bounty. Thing is, if you blow up the dam a lot of people will be wiped out because everyone has built their life in its shadow.


T J Therien

A Thousand Wasted Opportunities

Humanity has been given a thousand opportunities to redeem itself and a thousand times it has disappointed. We could be so much more, but we are long on promise and short on delivery. It’s just not possible to have grand vision and be so short sighted. History tells us how repeating the same mistakes will end and yet we are all too ready to accept the insanity of the status quo. All we need to do is open our eyes, but we continue to ignore the obvious. How many opportunities does Humanity have left before it is too late and there is no redemption, only ruin.
By T J Therien

On Nobility and Honor

People are not born Noble. Nobility is earned by leading an honorable life and Honor is doing the right thing regardless of consequence to self. One cannot be Noble without Honor and Honor is earned. Honor is not fancy words or titles. Honor is the way we behave; we either behave with it, or without it. It is that simple and to act with Honor is to be Noble regardless your station in life.

 T J Therien

Garfunkel-ed again; More thoughts on Art

If we accept that Art imitates Nature, then when attempting to define Art, we must be sure of the intention of the Artist. Was the work created with care of forethought? Or was it whimsically produced by pulling it out of their ass? We can accept that Nature is random, but imitation only occurs with painstakingly deliberate intent. There is nothing accidental about it. If something is Art, the Artist should be able to state the intention of the work from the conceptual stage of the project and should be able to answer what effect the piece is supposed to achieve long before eyes see it or ears hear it. Art may be subjective but it is not arbitrary.

 T J Therien

Random Thoughts on a World without Art and I ain’t talking Garfunkel

Part of me thinks that perhaps a World without Art would be better, because then we wouldn’t have anything to distract us from the ugliness of life and we might actually do something about it. Then there is another part of me that argues that a World without Art would be a World that gave up on the beauty of life, the same way a person gives up on the beauty of life before committing suicide. But the thing that nags at me the most is how trivially we treat Art when it is so central to our continued existence. Hell, we can’t even define it.

T J Therien


What Makes Us Human




If there is one quality that defines us as Human and separates us from Animal it is our defiance of Nature. We gravitate to what is Supernatural and our entire existence orbits around the Unnatural and the artificial. No other Animal denies its own nature, nor has any other Animal forsaken Natural World. In this Humans are alone.


T J Therien