PERSONAL FILE: Life, Outside the Box

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Confession: I’ve never really had a firm grasp of what I wanted to do with my life. Shocking, I know, because I’m pretty sure all (or most) twenty-something college grads who randomly move to Korea know the answer to that question. The name of my blog, random though its inception may have been, has become a “profound” question of sorts–what does it mean to be “roygeneable”? Hell if I know, and that’s the point: I’m looking for something that’s roygeneable, that’s me. Of course, I’ve always had a lot of options and a lot of different things I found mildly interesting. Teaching was probably at the top of that very long list, but it definitely wasn’t and isn’t anything I would call a “passion.” A great many of the people I know really like using that word and its meaning has unfortunately been numbed–sort of like the word “love.” I became an ESL teacher because I needed something fun to do for a few years where I could make good money and pay off loans. The job is terrific, but it’s not even remotely something I’d want as a career.

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Interesting finds in a Pew survey on religion

A service at Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas. Evangelical churches like this one make up a plurality of Christian churches in the U.S. and are most common in the South. (Photo: Jared Stump)

More evangelical Christians than not believe the government should do more to protect morality in society, according to a survey by the Pew Forum on Religion in Public Life. The survey also showed a majority of evangelicals support measures to protect the environment.

The survey examined the demographics among people who hold religious belief, their practices and beliefs, and their views on various social and political issues. It included responses from 35,000 people. Continue reading

Recommended Read: “The Dark Side”

For The New Yorker, David Owen writes about the growing amount of artificial light that is muddling the boundaries between day and night. As someone who grew up in a relatively unpopulated area, I can attest to the marked difference experienced between walking outside and being able to see the Milky Way and thousands of stars in the night sky and looking up to see nothing more than a hazy glow from the thousands of streetlamps and other artificial lighting in the city.

Beyond the aesthetic concerns are health and environmental ones as well. The artificial lighting that has become common in the industrialized world could be contributing to higher rates of cancer, disruptions in wildlife, and just a general decline in the overall standard of living.