Destroying Something Beautiful in Fiction and Film: Reflection on a First Reading of Fight Club (1996), Differences Between Film and Novel, and Refuting the “Marla Isn’t Real” Hypothesis

By Adam J. Pearson “Project Mayhem will save the world. A cultural ice age, a prematurely induced dark age. Project Mayhem will force humanity to go dormant or into a remission long enough for the earth to recover. Justify anarchy. Figure it out. Break up civilization so we can make something better out of the…

Sunscreen On A Day of Rain

By Adam J. Pearson Lady on the train,She’s wearing sunscreenOn a day of rain. There’s beauty in her hope,Which knows the sunWill shine again. Water falls like tears,But she sees lightDespite the pain. She’s still wearing sunscreenOn a day of rain,Lady on the train.

What is Fascism?: A Research-Grounded Definition of 15 Elements of Fascism

By Adam J. Pearson (2021) A. Introduction: Demystifying and Clarifying an Essential Term of Contemporary Discourse In the current political climate, both people on the right and people on the left are increasingly referring to each other as Fascists.  Ironically, however, despite their well-meaning intentions, many people tend to use the term so loosely that…

Aligning with the Source: Unlocking Hidden Meanings of “Worship” in Ancient Hebrew, Greek, and English

By Adam J. Pearson “Whoever gives reverence, Receives reverence.” ~ Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī in the Masnavi-i Ma’navi (Persian: مثنوی معنوی‎) (Sidek, 2015). A Brief Introduction to the Idea of Worship in Postmodern Context: Recovering a Key to Wise Living and Right Relationship with Being “Worship” is a fascinating concept that has in some ways become foreign to contemporary…

Towards an Informationist Post-Metaphysic

By Adam J. Pearson I recently came to the conclusion that the universe is not fundamentally composed of ‘matter,’ at its explanatory bottom, but rather of information, indeed a field of infinite potential and informational possibilities that manifest as finite actualities within universes constrained by discrete sets of physical constants and universal principles (“laws of…

Eight Forms of Opposition to Making Community Change and How to Tackle Them

By Adam J. Pearson Introduction As I researched the processes by which community groups attempted to make change in community practice, particularly when it comes to doing anti-oppressive practice work, one theme came strongly to the forefront. This is the theme of opposition to change and it directly ties into many of the examples we have…

6 Key Domains of Macro Social Work Practice

By Adam J. Pearson Introduction Social Work was designed from its onset to operate on multiple levels at once. At the greatest extremes of scale, we have micro-level clinical work with individuals, couples, and families and work on the macro-level large structures of cities, provinces, nations, and international coalitions. As I prepared for a project in…