When Frank Underwood stands, nobody sits.
By Dylan R.N. Crabb
I love to write stories, fictional and non-fictional, two main reasons: one; to record human events for educational posterity – two; to provide a perspective of human history to my peers. Every society ever formed has added their own perspective to humanity’s collective consciousness and every person to be born will have a unique perspective to add at a later date, which is why the humanities is such an in-depth field. Social scientists study people and how our civilizations have expanded and evolved from small, family-oriented, hunter-gathering tribal groups to the dominant species on Earth, capable of installing instantaneous communication channels across continents. Writing skills are the backbone of knowledge acquisition because everyone who wishes to learn more about their world must first devise a method recording information. Writing as a discipline allows for written history and written history allows the smartest among us to keep records of the successes and failures of our civilizations. This has been true since Herodotus of Halicarnassus wrote his analysis of the Greco-Persian War.
I write, not just for personal gratification, but to help advance my species to a more peaceful civilization. I don’t deny that my writing as a particular point-of-view because everyone has a point-of-view – to strive for objectivity is to strive for perfection, which is impossible. Humans are flawed like every other living creature, so our institutions are inevitably going to be flawed by extension. However; humans have the capacity to learn from our flaws. I make choices in my writing and making a choice based on something other instinct is the only thing that separates me from every other animal on Earth. Everything humans do will be subjective and that doesn’t make what certain people say any less valid.
I believe that every individual has a responsibility to education by any means, so they can do their part among the human collective to advance our morals farther toward a cause of universal peace and tolerance. And, it all starts, with the ability to write.
By Dylan R.N. Crabb
One could say that I live and breath politics but I’d call that an exaggeration, I just like to be informed. Some people have told me I think too much, I say they don’t think enough. I would only consider myself a relative intellectual, meaning that most people are so ignorant that I seem like an intellectual by comparison; especially in the United States where most people still believe in mythical tales of creation and spiritual delusions of grandeur
If I have something to say, I will say it for the sole sake of telling the truth; there is very little I will keep from someone. However; I have always believed in my ability to write over my ability to speak and have developed somewhat of a passion for written words (almost to a fault). I often spend hours in a day staring at blank screen replaying thesis statements over and over in my head because I can’t decide on how to begin a particular essay. Despite this apparent writer’s block, I think it’s important for writers to set aside time every day to write something regardless of what comes out onto the page (if anything at all). Inspiration isn’t a constant phenomenon and, if you are constantly waiting for inspiration, you’ll most likely never publish anything; it’s just a hobby at that point. If you want to be a writer, you have force yourself to write when it’s hard.
I believe that writing is one the most important skills that a person can possess because it is the basis of written history, which allows a society to record events so people can reflect on the past. It’s so important to know and understand human history, I would argue that it should be given the highest importance in a public school system. The obvious benefit of a comprehensive understanding of history is being able to look analyze the politics of the current time period and placing today’s issues in a sensible historical context. I think history as an academic discipline has the added benefits of pluralistic teaching, meaning that a person can learn about a multitude of human-based subjects through history – a history of governments, different forms of government, political theories, philosophy, human relations, a history of conflict in human societies, the politics of war, political trends in human history, biological connections to particular human relations or political theories, a history of military forces and military maneuvers, human nature and human creation, economics, motivations for major economic shifts in human societies – I could ramble on this for hours. I’m fascinated with the social sciences, which is ironic considering how anti-social I am in real life. Although, maybe it isn’t ironic – maybe I enjoy social science because I have sub-par social skills. All I know is, if humanity is to survive, people need to be able to write down their own history so they can reflect on it and, ultimately, learn from it.
By Dylan R.N. Crabb
I like to think about how humans in the far future will look back on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Who will be remembered, what will be glorified/demonized, and what will be considered the defining events of the generations?
There are currently 8 billion+ people on Earth and there be even more in the future (hopefully). How many individuals are going to stand out amongst 8 billion people? I’m guessing not many.
Humans have a tendency to limit their frame of reference to their own lifetimes, which is a natural. At first glance, why should a person care about events that they don’t live to see themselves? The human mind has difficulty contemplating many things on a large scale, which is also understandable considering that we’ve been evolving on this planet for roughly 200,000 years amidst a universe that has been changing and expanding for billions of years. How can humans even attempt to understand the complexity of the universe when we are still fighting each other on Earth over trivial bullshit.
Many issues that plague humanity today is largely due to this lack of foresight in each generation – a major issue of one generation can most likely be traced back to a major issue of the previous generation. The current “War on Terror” is a product of American imperialist attitudes that fostered during the Cold War between the United States and the United Sovereign Socialists Republic; the Cold War was a product of the arms race between the US and the USSR during World War 2; World War 2 began with a disgruntled fascist political party in Germany that attained power by preying on dissatisfaction over the results of the first world war; World War 1 was sparked from imperialist rivalries throughout Europe over the course of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and those imperialist aspirations sprouted from nationalist sentiments throughout Europe that can be traced back to the fall of the Roman Republic/Empire; the Roman Republic has roots in the previous city-states of ancient Greece . . . Do I need to continue?
To put it simply, human history is just one fucking thing after another.
Senior high school prom portrait – 2009.
My name is Dylan Robert Nelson Crabb and I’m a pessimistic American with journalistic aspirations to change modern human societies into more peaceful and harmonic places to live. I enjoy writing about the troubles and issues around us in the hope that people will try to fix them, rather than stand aside and pretend they don’t exist. People need to realize that a democratic society like the United States of America requires and active citizenship to function; active citizenship as well as a critical and cynical news media. We cannot allow for sensationalist media coverage to dumb down the masses because, when the masses are unaware, that is when tyranny reigns.
I will graduate from college soon and permanently enter the work force after the worst financial crash in the US since the 1930’s. However, despite that inevitable struggle, I will try and start a profession that matters to the my peers; I want to do something that people will remember and talk about for years to come. I see that in journalism.
I do not see how spending time in a classroom doing meaningless tasks that no one will care about in a year will help me in the actual work force.
Joe Jost’s Bar, Long Beach, CA – 2013.
“Just because you don’t take interest in politics, doesn’t mean that politics won’t take interest in you.” – Pericles
“No man is an island, intire of it selfe, every man is a peece of the entire Continent, a part of the maine; if a Clod be washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse as well as if the Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thy friends or of thine owne were; any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.” – John Donne