Jonathan Swift, Lilliput, and Religious Tolerance

Jonathan Swift is listed in Denslow’s 10,000 Famous Freemasons as a freemason and member of the Goat-at-the-Foot-of-the-Haymarket, No. 16 lodge in London. His writings from earlier in life in Dublin also indicate familiarity with Masonic rituals. In a portion of Swift’s famous work Gulliver’s Travels, the main character Gulliver travels to an island name Lilliput, … Continue reading Jonathan Swift, Lilliput, and Religious Tolerance

Clifford Geertz

Mr. Clifford Geertz was a cultural anthropologist, whose work shed light on interpreting symbols and society, who passed away in 2006. He drew a careful distinction between culture and social structure, and said that a culture is a “system of meanings embodied by symbols” that provide people with a frame of reference to understand reality. … Continue reading Clifford Geertz

Life Scripts

A life script is a common set of patterns that people use to structure their movement through life. People don’t usually think about them, but they’re very real. In the United States circa 2020, the middle class has a default life script that goes something like this: Grow up, get decent enough grades In high … Continue reading Life Scripts