I think this past year and the election has really forced us to reevaluate socioeconomic class, and the way it affects the way we think, communicate, and behave. Even the fact that we can "reevaluate" socioeconomic class, without the limitations of socioeconomic class being forced upon us, is such a luxury that most of us don't consider.
The Del Mar Fair is possibly the best example of American overindulgence in existence. Fair food is overpriced, needlessly extravagant, and unapologetically greasy. Blooming onions, chocolate-covered bacon, potato chip towers, funnel cakes that serve 12 people, fried chicken sandwiches made with Krispy Kreme doughnuts, and just about everything you could possibly think of deep-fried (Oreos, Kool-Aid, zucchini, Starbucks, brownies, Snickers bars, and butter, to name a few).
The origin of "drinking the Kool-Aid." I've always found cults morbidly fascinating, particularly the psychology of them. But I think the most amazing thing is that we have this antiquated stereotype of what a cult should be, but cults are alive and well today, and they're much modern than we imagine, which is the dangerous part.
To quote Wizards of Waverly Place, "everything is not what it seems." But it's true. You never really know someone's life. And it's a good reminder that each one comes with its own set of unique challenges. This edition urges you to look a little deeper, to resist initial judgment. Controversial, sure. But, ideally, provocative. There's always a little more to the story than meets the eye.
A really interesting piece about how language shapes our perception of the world, like the use of "salvaged" in exchange for tortured or killed under martial law in the Philippines. It's a good reminder of the necessity of shock and outrage in tumultuous times, the importance of not normalizing oppression. Especially with the English lexicon, which changes rapidly along with the pace of our culture, we may dismiss it as insignificant, but it's subtle changes like these that allow countries to remain under dictators for decades.
The relationship between mind and body has always been a fascination of mine. Something about the interaction of the tangible/intangible is so intriguing; I think because the human mind is still such a mystery. There's still so much that we can't explain or understand exactly how it works. Like my enduring obsession with the Thai word jai or the Japanese word kokoro, I've always thought it exceptionally elegant of other languages to acknowledge the interconnected nature of the physical body and the abstract mind.
Pop culture trends have always been a reaction in part to the current political climate, so it's no surprise that this soft pastel trend exploded onto the scene in a glittery haze almost exactly a year ago. I'm personally amazed by not only the transparency of the desire for escapism, but also just how many things can be unicorn-ified. From food (okay, I think most of it is gross but people who know me well know that I never say no to good, old-fashioned funfetti, and these unicorn macarons are ridiculously cute) to beauty products, the unicorn craze is undoubtedly everywhere. But it's just kind of interesting to follow exactly how it came into being.