Understanding the possessive power of extremist groups from a childhood in one.
As a teen, I never saw my adult self writing about my upbringing in Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church — or the Moonies — even going on to be in a recent A&E show for it. I figured back then that I would “grow up” and adapt to the real world, working in an office with my ideologically extreme past tucked away from coworkers.
From my late weekly webcomic, Oscillating Profundities.
Greetings, newcomer! The City by the Bay welcomes you to its seven rolling hills of sunshine, progress, and the sexiest start-up thermoses you ever regifted. As you begin to contemplate which meal(s) to cut out of your day in order to afford rent, below are some essential tips to help you navigate the bubble. Step down from that cable car, silly, and realize it’s easier to park a bike than your own car, which you won’t be needing anymore. Grab a pair of shades, make sure your Yelp app is up to date…
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Help You Help Us
Hands-on High Interest Education for the Uninformed
Continuing Ed in Financial Regret
Learn Hole Lending
Debt, Death and Beyond
Financial Orphan Donation Center for Rich Parent Relief
Four Years Forever
But Frat Parties, Brah
Invest in Yourself, You’re Worth a TON!
Posthumous Collection Agency for the Future of Education (Lending)
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Eyes on the Textbooks, Not the Checkbooks
Center for Education Benefits for the Center
1% Interest: Interest for the 1%
Funding for Misunderstood Geniuses with Something to Prove
Grants Are for Pussies
Feed Your Head. No, It’s Starving.
Live the Dream and Never Wake Up
Job Search Motivation Guaranteed
Scholarships Are for Pussies
Knowledge Bank: Where Your Education is Our Highest Interest
“Money does not make the man. The man makes the money.”
These were the words of an angry black man with dread locks I saw, preaching from the empty fountain at Washington Square Park by NYU one summer, as I was just entering adulthood. This was not an uncommon scene in New York City whether it was a religious group, worker’s strike, or just some guy on crack, but this sounded different so I stopped and listened. Those words have since become something I've internalized to help guide my career path.
Over the last decade since then I've worn many…