“I don’t pity any man who does hard work worth doing. I admire him. I pity the creature who does not work, at whichever end of the social scale he may regard himself as being.” — Theodore Roosevelt

I am a Latino. Actually, that’s only a half-truth. I am half-Latino and half-White. I am a first-generation Latino. My dad is an immigrant and also, by definition, a refugee from Central America. Being a multiethnic male offers me a perspective that has situated me between two proverbial worlds. I am not speaking for all Latinos or all White Americans, nor am…

“I was a no party man myself, and the first wish of my heart was, if parties did exist, to reconcile them.”

-George Washington

Balance is the key to life. You have heard these words pontificated in many aspects of society. We are constantly lectured and bludgeoned with this axiom of balance. We see this in our society through the mediums of film, literature, and motivational haikus on social media. Yet, do we really want balance? What does this actually look like for each individual person and for society at large?

Balance is a necessary adhesive for tyrannical hierarchies in…

“Here is the true meaning and value of compassion and nonviolence, when it helps us to see the enemy’s point of view, to hear his questions, to know his assessment of ourselves. For from his view we may indeed see the basic weaknesses of our own condition, and if we are mature, we may learn and grow and profit from the wisdom of the brothers who are called the opposition.”

-Martin Luther King Jr.

Protesting matters. Civil disobedience matters. We need protesting as a call to action, create awareness, and expose injustices. But not everyone needs to protest and not…

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The safety of a republic depends essentially on the energy of a common national sentiment; on a uniformity of principles and habits; on the exemption of the citizens from foreign bias and prejudice; and on that love of country which will almost invariably be found to be closely connected with birth, education and family.- Alexander Hamilton

Nationalism. When you say this word, it evokes images of hate, bigotry, racism, and other assortments of negativity. Why?

When one group of people or one political party takes over a word or concept, it does not give them a monopoly of that construct…

Xavier Bonilla

I am interested in psychology, evolution, and philosophy. Seminary graduate and doctorate in clinical psychology.

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