David Maine: The Monster in Us
David Maine was born in 1963 and grew up in Farmington, Connecticut. He attended Oberlin College and the University of Arizona and has worked in the mental-health systems of Massachusetts and Arizona. He has taught English in Morocco and Pakistan, and since 1998 has lived in Lahore, Pakistan, with his wife, novelist Uzma Aslam Khan.
Question: Why do some people identify with monsters?
David Maine:I mean, I don’t know. Even as a really little kid, there was always a part of me that was not happy when the monster gets killed at the end. The giant ant or the giant praying mantis or whatever. Partly because when you are a little kid you just think it is cool, ah, look at that, just knock the building over, that is cool and they kill it, that sucks and not getting more buildings over. I do think that is a widely held feeling or response or whatever, but I don’t, okay this book was just lately reviewed favorably by Oprah's magazine. So let me quote Oprah. No, somebody a fellow reviewed it for, I don’t remember his name, but he said something like the secret of these movies is that we all relate to the monster because, who hasn’t felt misshapen and misunderstood and picked on and everything? So maybe that’s true. I mean, maybe these movies partly they are popular because, everybody at sometime or another has had this fantasy of just walking down the street and flipping cars over, making all of the pretty people run away in terror. I don’t know, but, sure, that feeling is overt in me. Recorded on: 2/20/08
There was always a part of Maine that wasn't happy when the monster died at the end.
Americans just want to pay their bills. Is universal basic income the path to financial stability and economic opportunity?
- Chris Hughes, cofounder of Facebook, sees universal basic income as a way to stabilize the lives of those who need it most. A foundation of $500 per month could solve many of today's economic problems.
- Much of the criticism surrounding UBI comes from a place of myth and mistrust. If you give someone cash, how can you be sure they'll spend it responsibly? The fact is, cash is the most effective way of providing economic mobility.
- To reboot the American dream, we must address the moral and practical issue that many Americans lack basic financial stability. To bolster the economy and avoid another depression, UBI could be the answer.
A few traditions in the Roman Catholic Church can be traced back to pagan cults, rites, and deities.
- The Catholic rite of Holy Communion parallels pre-Christian Greco-Roman and Egyptian rituals that involved eating the body and blood of a god.
- A number of Catholic holidays and myths, such as Christmas, Easter, and Mardi Gras, graph onto the timeline of pre-Christian fertility festivals.
- The Catholic practice of praying to saints has been called "de-facto idolatry" and even a relic of goddess worship.