Chasing Love

"Beautified for men is the love of things they covet; women… [Sûrah Âl-¢Imrân, 3:14] It works vice versa too. When I was young, I used to barf at stories that ended in a romantic setting. Yep, Cinderella, Snow White, The Little Mermaid—they…

Challenging Peer Relativity

"You see, comparing ourselves to others is not so much about gloating at the latter’s misdeeds, but rather a defense mechanism to placate our own selves. It is easy for the parent to dismiss it as typical teenaged rebelliousness, because their instant…

It’s Okay… Really?

Welcome to the New World Psyche. And what is that? Well, it’s that it’s okay. You’re okay. Whatever you feel, whatever you do. It’s fine. It’s normal. If you feel like you want to divorce your parents because they don’t seem to…

Will You R.S.V.P. “No” to Satan?

IS THERE SUCH a thing as invitation cards collections? Among the invitations my family has received, I have always taken to saving those that are especially nice. Admittedly, I have none today, for lack of space and being past the ‘little girl’…

F-R-E-E-D-O-M!

I WONDER IF the all-caps, hyphenated form of the word does it the same justice as Mel Gibson’s holler at the end of Braveheart. Indeed, freedom is quite the weighty word. And however philosophers, linguistic scholars, and lawmakers have defined it, it…