Samantha Sprole

Freelance writer, editor, and musician talking about the environment, alienation, and enlightenment.

Success and the alienation of self-mastery

Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf, writer friends who shared a romantic interlude and were also pivotal in the development of each other’s work.  Especially in Western culture, the idea of … Continue reading

June 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Method acting, personality and identity: You are what you do

‘My Left Foot’ won Daniel Day Lewis the Academy Award for Best Actor. In the annals of Hollywood and the halls of acting schools, the work of method actors carries … Continue reading

May 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Enlightened assistance: Exploring the limits of charity

  Participants in World Vision Taiwan’s 30-hour Famine fill a stadium in Kaohsiung, Southern Taiwan. Every year in Taiwan and elsewhere, a Christian organization called World Vision holds a special event … Continue reading

May 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

The enlightened versus the opinionated?: A Defense of Conviction

Ann Coulter has never been accused of lacking conviction. The Internet is littered with some of her gems, like “Liberals become indignant when you question their patriotism, but simultaneously work … Continue reading

March 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

A psychological perspective on gun violence in the United States

A 1993 study called “Gun ownership as a risk factor for homicide in the home” found that keeping guns significantly heightens the risk of gun-related deaths in households, and “virtually … Continue reading

March 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Alienation: a path to and from enlightenment?

The carved figure above represents the role of meditation in coming to a full and innate understand of reality, or enlightenment. By Adityamadhav83 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons … Continue reading

February 20, 2014 · 2 Comments

The environmental humanities and species extinction shed light on our alienation with nature.

An Alala, also known as the Hawaiian crow, is seen perched on a branch. The Alala has become extinct in the wild, although some birds live on in captivity. Photo from … Continue reading

February 10, 2014 · 1 Comment
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