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What is so productive about talking?

We were sitting at a bar waiting for the rest of our group to join us. It was mid-September, and still warm outside. Beads of water dripped down my glass into a puddle on the brown surface. We had just started our senior year of college, and my friend was describing a recent discussion in one of her classes about racism in America. A couple black students in the class had raised their voices when another white student claimed racism no longer existed. "They were just so angry," my friend said. "It's like, ok yeah,...

A Good Person

What does it mean to be a good person? I think about this a lot. There are, you know, plenty of schools of thought on this topic. Many a philosopher has spent a lifetime devoted to answering this question. Scholars, religious leaders, and great thinkers have all contemplated what it means to be good. You could argue religion mostly exists to address this question. Our moral codes and laws dictate what is good and what is bad. Are you a good person if you simply do no harm? Are you a good person if...

In Defense of Drama Queens

I've been called a drama queen all my life. My mom says I've been one since the day I was born. Asleep during the day. Up all night. Screaming bloody murder. I was feisty even as an infant. And as soon as I could talk and express myself, I had very intense reactions to just about everything. My teachers, friends and family members would probably agree. It doesn't take much for me to feel overwhelmingly sad, blindingly angry or enormously happy, and it takes even less to show it all over my...

ICYWW (in case you were wondering) About Dat Blog Title

I've been thinking for years about the title of this blog. It was something I chose as an unemployed recent college graduate hoping to maybe make a hodgepodge career out of writing (still a life goal!). I thought about it for weeks before finally committing to "Confessions of a Progressive," and since then I still find myself second guessing it from time to time. Is it too childish? Does it sound like a high schooler? Is it too long? Is it not catchy enough? I mulled it over again before officially purchasing the...

Why I talk about politics on Facebook

I love Facebook. Probably for many of the same reasons you do -- who doesn't love humbly overtly bragging about your awesome life, creepin' on your ex or that new girl at the gym, cute photos of babies and dogs and all the Buzfeed shares? I love it for all of those things, but I also love Facebook because it's a place to learn. Yup. At least it is to me. There are times when it doesn't go well, but I truly believe Facebook is a great forum for discussion. I get...

Things and People

I don’t really care about money. At least not in the sense of acquiring things. I mean, things are nice. I like things. Sometimes I think about having things, and I think I would be happier surrounded by things. And maybe I would be. I guess I’ll never know what that feels like. I like nice things. I like having enough. I like taking trips. I would like to think that someday I might have new living room furniture and a new dining room table. I sometimes feel that if I...

Awareness

There's nothing like a move to make you realize how much stuff you have. Boxes and bags. Couches and beds. Certainly more clothes than I need (but I waaaant them). I have to admit, I feel a little guilty when I look around. Er, well, maybe guilty isn't the right word. Maybe what I mean is that I feel aware. Aware that I have been blessed beyond reason. Aware that much has been afforded to me based on my race and socioeconomic status alone. Aware that I am an integral part of an...