Something to think about for stories and characters

Evidence grows that mental illness is more than dysfunction

Reminds me of a science fiction novel I read, in which society had genetically engineered people they called ‘vampires’. Stronger, faster and much smarter than humans. They were also engineered with sociopathic traits: lack of empathy, seeing others and society as systems, machines.

The ‘vampires’ were needed to solve complex, difficult problems beyond ordinary human abilities, problems that threatened to destroy the human species.

Perhaps this is related to the idea that sociopathology exists because there were times when societies needed the condition’s combination of clear thinking, situational understanding, impulsiveness, and willingness to sacrifice others, in order to survive violent threats such as wars?

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A church video with some of my photos in it

Halau Wa’a Episcopal Church put together a video about the church for the recent Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii Convention. They used some of my photos, such as the profile of Father Mark blowing the conch, the panoramas of worship at Nimitz Cove and the congregation (about 3 minutes in), the liturgical hula picture at about 4:53.

Mahalo to the church for using them!

You can also find other Halau Wa’a church videos on my YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/@gnomenomad.

How going above and beyond at work became required – BBC Worklife

https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20220921-how-going-above-and-beyond-at-work-became-required

How very true! “Meets expectations” performance would net you a 3% raise (a net-pay cut vs inflation). Going “above and beyond” might get you 4-5%. Still a net pay cut.

Sad that this was from an employer that was always talking about and promoting employee health, well-being, and work-life balance.