Vengeance is a goal-driven act, sought out to restore a sense of justice to the universe. But what happens when retaliation is targeted at someone other than the original transgressor?
Attempting to appeal to a tourist’s ideas of local culture is inevitably a losing proposition. The traveler’s very presence, after all, is already a mark against a place.
On the pervasive stereotype of the militant non-believer.
Jokey complaints can make a wronged person more likable, and in turn, easier to support—provided their good humour doesn’t undermine the seriousness of the problem.
It’s easy to want to believe that everything happens for a reason, but how does that affect the way we treat the people the universe has punished?
How the dominance of English affects the ways other cultures see each other.
Whether at a friend’s birthday party or stark naked in the Nicaraguan jungle, our first conversations with strangers require a complex dance of tentative reveals and elisions.
Or: You expect me to pay two dollars for a tomato?
Why do we take such delight in the hilarious, satisfying pain of others?
The most overconfident among us may not be willfully delusional: inherent cognitive laziness or built-in defense mechanisms may be to blame. But even accidentally inflated egos can influence others.
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