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Don’t worry, it was just a thought experiment

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For each prompt the goal is the same: choose who you will save and who you will eliminate. The following are my choices and the accompanying analysis to the aforementioned thought experiment.


How to create stories people want to consume

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Communication Makes Us Human

Communication is the basis for an informed populous and is integral to furthering our collective human understanding.

Literacy enables the nearly instantaneous transfer of ideas.

To be literate is to understand not only what the words stand for but what they mean in a larger context or rather what their…


Tracing our modern legal system to Ancient Greece

Cain and Abel: L’anima di Abel ascende al cielo by Antonio Balestra

As Old As It Gets

Retribution is as old as man itself. It is in our blood, in our culture, and most definitely in our stories.

One of the most well known tales is that of Cain and Abel.

Here’s the Spark notes version: Cain murders his brother because of perceived wrongs (AKA jealousy) and…


How ignorance really is bliss

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Chillin’ in a Cave

Plato is a big deal and one of his most influential works if The Republic.

In it he has an allegory which strikes me as universally relevant regardless of place or time. It speaks to the essence of being human.

I am referring to Plato’s Allegory of the Cave.

If…


How Being at “The Bottom” Gives Me the Freedom to Iterate

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In the past two months I have left one job, started another, started writing, started college, and started yet another job.

I now am a full time student with two part time jobs, two side hustles, and three hobbies.

To the everyday observer it may seem like I am spread…


We control the official narrative.

Palms and Sun by Axel Mora

Contents

  • Other People
  • You, the Narrator
  • Just Kidding
  • Competing Against the World
  • Happiness is the Undefined Variable
  • Main Takeaway

Other People

Many of us spend quite a lot of time idolizing other people. We look around and think “Wow, everyone is just so talented and here I am doing nothing. …


How watching California burn made me question the “unquestionable.”

“Flames lick above vehicles on Highway 162 as the Bear Fire burns in Oroville, California, on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.” Picture by Noah Berger from AP.

Struggling to Breathe

It was not too long ago that I heard this fact: California was simultaneously experiencing the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th largest fires in it’s entire history.

At the time of writing these historic fires have cost over 20 lives and over 3 million acres of my beloved home.

It is…


Are we really meant to live in the cloud? Maybe not but here’s how it can help life back on Earth.

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Essentially Infinite Opportunities

It’s no secret that the internet has transformed our world on a fundamental level. Information is available at the speed of now and we are more “connected” than ever.

In their lifetime, my parents were able to witness this technological revolution. …


Making mistakes is fine as long as they aren’t big enough to prevent you from making future mistakes.

A long winding road as seen from UC Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz, CA. Photo by Myself, Axel Mora.

For the longest time I have felt that I am too young to be sharing my thoughts online because I believed that it would be of little value to the world. For some reason or another, writing an article seemed like something you do once you are older and have…

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