Our reality is a reflection of our inner consciousness.

There is no base truth in the world. It’s what we make of it.

No one person can understand 100% of reality.

I spent a few years working, in vain, on a social media platform intended to facilitate “quality” discussion.

Having attempted to make a livelihood out of what was, for all intents and purposes, an “anti-Facebook”, made me realize that there’s nothing wrong with Facebook.

How?

Imagine this: I create an alternative social media platform for only “real” news, only civilized discussion, no personal attacks, no trolls and malicious bots…


Why it’s impossible to go back to the days of neighborly civility and familial harmony

I still have a feint memory of the days when the neighborhood would get together at block parties and have casual chats and get along with each other… without having to test each other on their political views first.

Society today, at least if you live in the US, is more fragmented than ever. We have divided ourselves in many artificial ways — most political, all unnecessary — such that by default, we have no respect for each other — that is, unless we find out that we have similar political views.

America is like a porcelain ceiling, fragmented in a billion different places.

The rise of social media as a means…


When does political discussion go from deconstructive to constructive?

Before 2020, I’d spent three years living abroad, in a place largely free of political polarization and where there was general harmony among the people. So when I came home, I was quickly overwhelmed with the deluge of politics I encountered at every turn. Everywhere around me, people were arguing — a war of words at its most animal level.

On Twitter — a perfect example of the peak of human unconsciousness — people go back and forth nonstop, defending and rebutting with trite party-standard arguments, which then devolve into personal attacks. Having been outside of the country for so…


My December 2020 trip to Mexico was revitalizing, and virus-free

Life has been strange for everyone this year, and mine is no exception. I got back from finishing my degree abroad at the end of last year, and since then I’ve been home — no school, no job, no (real-world) social life — for a full year. So without implying that I understand what anybody else is going through, I’ll just say that this year has beaten me into a pulp, mentally speaking.

With this as context, it’s easy to understand why I may have felt the need to travel at the earliest opportunity.

Over the past few months, I’d…


And how we can tell who to trust by looking at what they do, not what they say

I deleted my Facebook account in mid-2020.

That time was what seemed like the peak of social media hysteria: a perfect storm of data abuses, political interference, and the threat of an AI apocalypse.

I listened to podcasts, read articles, and followed hundreds of Twitter accounts of people who would attest to Facebook’s negative influence on society. Every other day, it seemed, there was a new smear against Zuckerberg or some aspect of his monstrous company.

I did what was the only logical think to me: took action. Rather than only expressing my discontent with the platform, I removed myself…


The benefits of choosing the right career path go beyond material returns

I applied to university as an English major, and I was admitted, most likely because my academic record in English, languages, and liberal arts was very strong. But later on, I was convinced to switch my major to engineering. I was capable of it. I passed all my courses and graduated. But I lacked passion. My purpose is not engineering. Although I could do it, I was doing it without any passion.

I chose not to work as an engineer after graduation. Four years later, I am still re-educating myself to work in a career which is aligned with my…


An optimistic message on how we can revitalize our broken democracy

If you are exhausted of arguing, and you feel that partisan politics, regardless of which side you agree with, is tearing our country apart, let me be the first one to tell you: it’s okay not to vote.

With the electoral college, gerrymandering, vote-counting controversies, there are countless arguments as to whether an individual vote matters. But let’s take a moment and look at this, not from a systematic perspective, but from an external view. Let’s try to understand whether the system, as a whole, is working for us. And if it is not, what can we do to make it better?

Firstly, we have to understand that our choices in who to vote for have little to do with the actual candidates, and more to do with the ideological basis upon which their campaign is built. Each…


Why this type of entrepreneur has little chance at success

What is an entrepreneur?

Is an entrepreneur someone with a passion, who dedicates their life and livelihood to an idea despite all obstacles and challenges? Or is an entrepreneur someone who takes small, calculated risks, with niche expertise, and who makes commitments only in proportion to magnitude and way in which their idea has been received?

They both could be true from a surface perspective, but despite what pop culture has taught us, the first type of entrepreneur will more likely be a “former aspiring entrepreneur” whereas the second type will become someone with the title of “CEO” or “founder”…


Avocado toast. Photo by Anna Pelzer.

How the debate over ethical technology will lead to an industry where there’s something for everyone

We all use technology even if we are not directly involved in the industry. While, of course, we have interactions with plenty of industries we do not have a role in ourselves, technology plays a proportionally larger role in a majority people’s lives in comparison with number of people who produce said technology. And because the risks involved with not understanding it are relatively high compared to other fields we don’t understand, technological awareness is becoming less and less and niche and more so common knowledge.

For example, we don’t have to understand the process of catalytic cracking to trust…


The way civilization has proceeded through history has been cyclical. Empires rise and fall.

America is in decline, and it would take a substantial thickness of skin to refute that. Our social unrest will eventually — and may well have already started to — tear our nation apart. Then, what started out as social and political issues, will become economic ones. We are seeing this with the way our hyperpartisan political dynamics have resulted in ineffective handling the COVID epidemic, resulting in mass unemployment. Our deep-rooted polarization, as well as an inequitable history gone too long unaddressed, is catching up…

Nicholas Robert

Anti-ideologist. Trying and failing at not writing about politics. Also interested in travel and spirituality.

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