You hack open-mouthed into the public air. You snort and sneeze and sniffle and blow, without the slightest concern for your neighbour, your community, or society in general. I wonder where this dismissive, self-centeredness comes from.
Jason Najum is a freelance writer and editor at HeadSpace www.headspacepress.com. His work has been featured in the Montreal Gazette and he is author of Delusion of Grandeur, a personal essay and cultural critique available on Amazon. His goal is to bring a fresh perspective and deeper look to today's issues.
My appetite for big issues and my desire to be a part of the larger debates all pointed me in the direction of the American political spectrum. Because really, who cares what happens in my local city politics? Even my Canadian national elections didn't have any substantial consequences. Things up here would be OK, no matter which way they went. But what happened in the U.S.? Now that was big, that mattered. But like any buzz, it wears off. Quicker and quicker the more artificial the substance.
09/30/2014 12:30 EDT
In an unfortunate coincidence (or convenient bit of political timing) last night, on the eve of 9/11, President Obama addressed the world regarding the looming threat of ISIS and laid out America's plan to arm Syrian rebels and engage and destroy this group of extremists. It's too open and shut. ISIS is bad. Something must be done. We are going to do something about it. Not a word of how we got here. Not a moment to contemplate how the next step might create the next open and shut situation. Many regretful events led to the horror of September 11th and many more continue to happen as a consequence of it. To ignore this and go forward without learning a lesson from the price those people paid is a shame.
09/11/2014 05:30 EDT
With Arcade Fire the hipster-millennial era finally has its champion. It's not only a validation of our generation's dominant cultural trend, but rather a definition, an explanation of it, for we didn't quite understand what we'd been doing ourselves. We finally have something we can love without reservations, without compromise.That's why we danced.
09/05/2014 01:28 EDT
Rap producer and real life cartoon thug kingpin Suge Knight was shot multiple times on Sunday during a Chris Brown-hosted VMA Awards party at a Los Angeles nightclub. Watching the footage of screaming party-goers scrambling for cover, my first thought should have been that I hope that no one was killed, but instead it was "Really? This is still a thing?"
08/26/2014 05:30 EDT
I was hot-stepping downtown the other day, headphones pumping, feeling good after a little gym workout. And this stopped
08/14/2014 12:38 EDT
I'm not restricted, nor occupied, nor landless. I have not lost a loved one to falling rubble or fire from above. I write
07/31/2014 12:29 EDT
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