Contrived Nation!

By Kurt Borne January 16, 2014 “We are what we pretend to be.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Doesn’t anyone live for the sake of living anymore? Or do we live our lives through the prism of, “How can I get some momentary ‘fame’ on Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram?” How do you live your life? Is yours a real life, or a contrived life? I fear that between television and Internet media our mindset is changing toward the latter…particularly among our younger generations. This sad phenomenon touched my last nerve recently when Fox News anchors, who were discussing dangerous tornadoes that … Continue reading Contrived Nation!

The Death of Ivan Ilyich

“Ivan Ilyich’s life had been most simple and most ordinary and therefore most terrible.” ~ Leo Tolstoy  Probably my favorite book of all time is “The Death of Ivan Ilyich” by Leo Tolstoy, published in 1886. I generally love all classic Russian literature, and I have read this one several times as it is a short “novella” of just about 130 pages. It is the story of Ivan Ilyich, who is a high court judge in the late 1800s. Ivan, who enjoys superior status in society, has fallen into what ironically many people today fall into, which is an addiction to … Continue reading The Death of Ivan Ilyich