One of the most frustrating things that our society now values is diversity, something I have never seen as an inherently good or bad thing. Speaking as an individual that would be labelled a radical 60 years ago, a classical liberal 30 years ago, and a bigot today, I declare I could not care less about your race, your gender, your sexuality or your religion. I only care about your actions and your values.
According to my set of values, I would not hold a group of diverse criminals in higher esteem than a group of homogenous criminals. Because diversity has been so unanimously accepted as a positive in mainstream British culture, my position is an unpopular one. Call me old-fashioned, but I am yet to be convinced that any protected characteristic provides an individual, or indeed a collective, with more or less virtue. Continue reading “The Problems with Diversity”
Surely humanity has now encountered the world’s second best personification of ultimate evil: Vladimir Putin. You must have heard of his unforgivable crimes against humanity; vicious tales of corruption during the Sochi games; “damning” tales of the murder of political dissidents and journalists; the spreading of Kremlin propaganda through government owned press (but who owns the American media?); the unlawful taking of Crimea; supporting Assad’s murderous regime. Surely all this suffices to identify him as a dictator with fascist tendencies – no room for redemption with wickedness this profound. Continue reading “MSM on Putin: Lies, Slander and Propaganda”
Well, I’ve been reading a few religious opinion blogs lately, and there goes all I thought I knew to be true! I was always incredulous of people who slagged off the likes of Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris but now I think I can see how much these smart alecs misunderstand about religion. A “God delusion” it may well be, but how can we deny its importance?
I think that what we atheists refuse to acknowledge is the significance of our own species’ history. We are too quick to turn our noses up at the faith and lifestyle of those who came before us, assuming we are at the peak of human progress. Unfortunately we have no way of knowing what history was really like; what actual, average people were like. We are eager to assume that the reason “they” didn’t accept or respect non-traditional ways of life is because it was, well, simpler types, simpler times, following the diktat of a centuries-old fantasy fiction novel over a thousand pages long that they actually had time to read in those boring old pre-Internet, pre-TV days.
Well, here it goes. I’m willing to take that extreme position of accepting and tolerating those who stand by those traditional values, because who in the hell am I to assume that people of the past were dumber than me? A 25-year-old first world baby, with no ambition not only for myself but for all of mankind? I’m first to say I couldn’t give a shit whether our species survives or not; this, my friends, is a direct result of our beloved individualistic Western “civilisation”. This is where we are now. It’s every man for himself accompanied by some sad illusion of mutual solidarity. Continue reading “True Privilege”
A small, yet important point to make regarding political discourse: do not believe anyone that purports to be speaking from pure objectivity. I am certain I am not speaking to anything more than a tiny minority. Yet, as appeals to authority have increasingly been taken less and less seriously (since the day someone first wondered if that dude is telling the truth that he is delivering the word of God), I do believe this point raises some broadly encompassing questions about our biases.
Without trying to sound philosophical, and without linking you to the plethora of scientific studies exploring this idea, it is safe to assume that every human being on planet earth experiences life in different ways, and our experiences all lend themselves to shaping our worldview. When we experience or consider something new, the subject in question is immediately sent to consult with the experiences already stored as memories in our heads. Only after being held up to scrutiny at the mercy of our previous experiences, and our feelings towards them, will our initial feelings towards the new experience be defined. Continue reading “We All Have Bias… A Lot Of It”