I’ve been lucky enough to travel to quite a few places in my short life, and I’ve noticed something that isn’t much talked about among those who travel. When I was in Hong Kong I talked to a short drunk man who owned a novelty store in a huge market. He told me what he noticed of those who he saw in the east verses those who he’s met from the west is what we see, while the Westerner may focus on a door handle, the Eastern sees the door as whole. It was undoubtedly a vast generalizing for the…


I was listening to a song that’s pretty popular among us youths called Rise by Jonas Blue and one of the verses sticks in your brain pretty easily “… They don’t speak our language, they think we’re too savage…” and so on. It got me thinking, how much of pop culture, politics and all else that has mass appeal has the “us vs. them” mentality.

Turns out, if you look closely enough, almost every mass appeal contains some “us vs them” sentiment. The irony of the far left is their polarization and rejection of all of those who don’t represent…


The other day my sister was watching a Netflix original documentary on exclamation points. I naively thought it was ridiculous — an entire hour of my life spent on a mark I was introduced to at such a young age, yet it ended up being wholly intriguing. I couldn’t quite see why an exclamation point would be interesting, as I use it so commonly. It was pervasive. It wasn’t until the documentary started asking the most basic questions: “What really even is a exclamation point?”, “When do we chose to use it?”, “Why?!”, that I truly took a moment to…

Kyle Zappitell

Hi I'm Kyle. I write my thoughts here with short anecdotes and clear points.

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