How does fear bring us together and how does it divide us?

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    The Porcupine’s Dilemma

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    Nineteenth-century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer wrote extensively on motivation, desire, and the relationship between the individual and society. Sometimes called “the philosopher of pessimism,” he regarded human desire as the…

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    A Small, Good Thing

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    Raymond Carver was an American short story writer and poet in the late 20th century whose famous works include “Cathedral” and “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love,”…

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    A Visit of Charity

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    One of the most celebrated writers of the American South, Eudora Welty was born in 1899 in Jackson, Mississippi, where she lived for most of her life. Her first published…

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    Waiting for the Barbarians

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    Cavafy's call-and-response poem considers the human phenomenon of unity in response to a threat. As America came together after the 9/11 tragedy, so does the Roman Empire in anticipation (and…