Category: Kephen’s Commentary

A myriad of articles on my opinions about current events and controversial topics.

The Privilege and Risks of Pretentious and Delusional Self-Importance in American Youth

These past several years I have really been noticing a significant rise in bravado, grandiosity, self-aggrandizing, and a false sense of social importance, particularly among young American men. This pretentious view that one is special and important, and that the choices they make have… Continue Reading “The Privilege and Risks of Pretentious and Delusional Self-Importance in American Youth”

The Cost of Stigma

CPL Matthew Dillion Springer, 23, of Hebron, Kentucky died by suicide on December 24, 2020. On September 9, 2020, he publicly posted on his Facebook account that he had been struggling, you can read his post at the end of this article. I learned… Continue Reading “The Cost of Stigma”

How to Practice Empathy and Prevent Emotional Impotence

Your first question after reading the title is probably “What is emotional impotence?” Emotional Impotence is a term sometimes used in behavioral health, also often called toxic positivity or chronic optimism, and refers to the act of compartmentalizing or dismissing negative and often traumatic… Continue Reading “How to Practice Empathy and Prevent Emotional Impotence”

Rainer Maria Rilke

“Letters to a Young Poet” is a very short book first published in 1929. The book is comprised of ten letters written by Rainer Maria Rilke, a German speaking Bohemian-Austrian poet who died in 1926 from leukemia at the age of 51. The letters… Continue Reading “Rainer Maria Rilke”

The Tragedy of Travis Maldonado

I have a few things I want to say about the Netflix documentary series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness, so if you haven’t watched it you should stop reading beyond this paragraph if you want to experience it firsthand, but a word of… Continue Reading “The Tragedy of Travis Maldonado”

Out of the Darkness: My Experience with a Mental Health Condition

My name is Kephen Merancis and there’s really no easy way to start the conversation that we need to have. It takes a lot of courage to break the wall of silence that stigma builds. It takes at least a little bit of hope… Continue Reading “Out of the Darkness: My Experience with a Mental Health Condition”

To Be Acknowledged As Existing

To be Acknowledged as Existing 7,432 Americans will wake up today to what will be their last day alive, most of whom will not know this ahead of time. According to the American mortality rate published in 2016 by the National Center for Health… Continue Reading “To Be Acknowledged As Existing”

The Inexplicable

The Inexplicable Have you ever stopped to think for a moment how incredibly rare your existence actually is? The odds that you would ever come into being are literally on average a million to one. That’s literally a 0.000001% chance that you would be… Continue Reading “The Inexplicable”

Genealogy: How To Research Your Family Ancestry

How To Research Your Family Ancestry So you’ve decided that you want to research your family ancestry, but you don’t know where to begin. Genealogy, the study of family ancestry, is both immensely rewarding and incredibly time consuming. For most people, the time required… Continue Reading “Genealogy: How To Research Your Family Ancestry”

Ben Tre: Keep the Loneliness Warm

Ben Tre: Keep The Loneliness Warm I hold my face in my two hands. No, I am not crying. I hold my face in my two hands to keep the loneliness warm two hands protecting, two hands nourishing, two hands preventing my soul from… Continue Reading “Ben Tre: Keep the Loneliness Warm”