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Contributing opinion writer

Nathan L. Williams

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Road Trip Romance

Love is about finding someone who is compatible—not perfect—and choosing to love them despite their imperfections in the hopes that they may one day come to love you too.

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Simulated Suffering

Games like Hearts of Iron IV gamify conquest; they abstract the suffering of war and separates military conflicts from their dark political foundations.

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Notifications

We’ve been deceived by Silicon Valley into thinking that its platforms can grant us happiness. The truth is, we’re mortals with an ever-shrinking amount of time left on earth.

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Playing the Wrong Game

As the time for those I love has dwindled, I’ve come to question whether all the time I’ve spent studying was worth anything.

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The Plight of the Self-Conscious Gringo

Am I somehow cheating if I claim the Hispanic identity without having shared in its suffering?

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Pleasantly Grim

But amongst close friends, self-deprecating, cynical, dark humor—the language of the morbidly joyful—provides the perfect disruption.

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“Brass to Grass”

Cadets and students alike tend to mistake inexperience and ignorance for incompetence.

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Learning to Grieve

War is not beautiful. War is the screams of helpless men. War is the sobbing of orphaned children. War is the silence of a city wiped from existence.

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Generic Inspiration

I want unfiltered answers, not a pat on the back or another consolatory sandwich from some OCS event.

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Academic Purgatory

For eight weeks I had the pleasure of working at the Pentagon, and my god, I was about as useful as a broken office stapler.

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Witch Hunts

In all my years of ranting, I have yet to convince a single conservative to join the Democratic cause. Whether we like it or not, educating others requires a conversation, not a self-righteous sermon.

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False Flags

It seems that most of us have forgotten the point of political deliberation. Neither insults nor a condescending tone do us much good if the goal of discussion is to convince others of our stance.

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The Necessity of Nostalgia

I want to dismantle the misconception that marching forward necessarily means never turning back.

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Segments

I had become nothing more than the sum of my routines.

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The American Experience

Ultimately, I’m not afraid of any one organization making a robot of me.

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