I was recently asked by a family friend to participate in a minor ‘coming-of-age’ ceremony for her son. He just recently celebrated his 18th birthday and, as a significant age in our society, she wanted her son to receive advice and thoughts on becoming a man.

Due to death in the family, this young man grew up lacking a typical male influence in his upbringing. Several male influences in his life were asked to contribute thoughts on becoming a man and masculinity in today’s world. The notes were given to him as a collection on his 18th birthday. I received permission to post this, but still changed some personal details.

Happy birthday buddy. Eighteen is a big one, and I feel incredibly privileged to be able to share some thoughts with you. I hardly had a grasp on my life on my 18th birthday despite thinking…


A brief summary and thoughts upon finishing Michael Pollan’s How To Change Your Mind: What The New Science Of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence.

Introduction

I recently finished one of the more thought-provoking reads I’ve undertaken in some time. After publicly sharing some of the novel sections surrounding mental health, I received several requests for a more detailed summary/review of this book. Michael Pollan’s How To Change Your Mind: What The New Science Of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence broaches a wildly expansive and widely applicable topic that has been shunned since the cultural and legal issues raised in the 1960s.

Many folks today may not realize that there were hundreds of government-sanctioned studies on and tens of thousands of…


Amid conflict between the Chinese state and some of its corporate critics, activist groups around the world are forcing countries to consider a partial or full boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics. Here I explore the background, relevant history, and implications of boycotting the Olympics.

What has recently been going on with Xinjiang (Chinese) cotton, international sanctions, and intensifying opinions on the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics?

Both Nike and clothing retailer H&M have experienced recent backlash regarding statements made about the alleged Chinese genocide of Uighur Muslims. Despite not sourcing cotton for its products from Xinjiang, H&M commented its worries with the use of forced labor to harvest cotton from this northwestern region of China (which produces about 20% of the global cotton supply). This September 2020 statement has since been taken down. Nike also confirmed the absence of Xinjiang cotton in their supply chain, but issued this statement that has ignited the recent retaliation. …

Jacob Winter

24-year-old exploring politics, current events, & philosophy

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