James Ryan
Originally posted on January 4, 2015. Updates provided in COMMENTS below. “Once something is added to your collection of beliefs, you protect it from harm. You do this instinctively and unconsciously when confronted with attitude-inconsistent information. Just as confirmation bias shields you when you actively seek information, the backfire effect defends you when the...
James Ryan
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We...
James Ryan
Okay, so here’s the condensed version of the background story: A Hamilton Spectator journalist wrote a column stating that Cpl. Nathan Cirillo wasn’t really a hero. Not a popular opinion, but an opinion (2nd amendment right) nonetheless. People got mad (understandably). In fact, one person from Vancouver got so mad that she couldn’t stop...
James Ryan
The disturbing events of this past week were quickly over-shadowed, in my opinion, by two major side-effects (three, if you count the shameless emotional hijacking of “patriotic” Canadian citizens to further an already fabricated agenda) – the media’s assertion (without proof) that the acts of violence causing the unfortunate deaths of Corporal Nathan Cirillo...

“Through TV, the power elite have succeeded in creating a distracted, misinformed, divided, and class-driven society suffering historical amnesia and completely oblivious to true realities of their surroundings. And most of these return customers/victims view themselves as truly informed, yet are often first to berate and ridicule anyone who dares to hold or share an alternative perspective.”

“Stay true to your dreams regardless of what others say. When you enjoy what you are doing and know you are pursuing worthwhile goals, anything is possible.” – Mindi O’Brien

“The more I am rejected and ignored, the more defiant I become, and the more belligerent about proving my worth. I have to be, because no one else is. This obstinacy in the face of rejection characterizes a writer almost as much as a passion for words. Laypeople call this arrogance. They’re wrong. It’s self-preservation and it throws up a protective barrier around the deepest longing in a writer’s soul.” – unknown