Of all the tribes of people, why is it that a group of pastoral tribal nomads, who were minorities then and minorities now, seem to have such an enduring presence in our world? Why is the Judeo-Christian god chosen by more people on the planet than any other? Because ideas and the details matter. Their ideas have stood the test of time and ended up shaping many assumptions we take today to be self-evident in Western civilization.
Throughout history, as far back as our hunter gatherer ancestors, humans thought in the form of symbols. And what they saw in their…
This is the first part of a series where I explore different aspects, events, and ingredients necessary for the concept of universal human equality. Not being the normal expectation throughout the majority of human history, I wanted to understand where the concept came from and how it has come to be “self-evident.” …
No, not technically. But that’s the wrong question. What we should be asking is if its ideas are solid, coherent, and what are the fruits of its applications? Racism is the idea that someone’s race is superior to another race. Even though there is “color-consciousness” in critical race theory, it does not explicitly hold any race to be superior. But the structure of a critical theory requires this type of question because of something that makes critical theories unique in academia. They do not simply seek out knowledge or truth. They also tell us what to do with their perceived…
It has now become satirical how woke statements parallel what racists are stating. But it makes sense for people who share the same basic world view to speak using the same language and framework. The shared language and conclusions are but mere symptoms of a much deeper illness: a world view based on power struggles between groups of people divided primarily by race. While one group wants their own race to be on top, the other believes that it is time for other groups to “take their turn.” However, both are wrong. …
Most of us by now have thought about or at least heard the idea that race is a social construct. By social construct, people mean that there is no scientific — or more specifically, significant genetic — difference between people of different races. And that is for the most part true.
Here’s a quick rundown of how that happened:
In the 17th century, the new science of natural history was in its early periods of development. …
With every new life you bring us,
Is potential you dare not comprehend.
With every new life you bring us,
Is potential for your greatest suffering.
Knowing sooner or later,
The world will destroy us.
Knowing every moment of Being is worth the suffering.
You nurture our strength to face inevitable suffering,
Because every instant of Being devours its shadow.
In the face of great suffering,
You chose the potential of Being.
You may never say it,
But you know.
In awe at your willingness to face such suffering, For the actuality of Being, We may fail to say it…
Have you ever referred to a person in your life as “warm-hearted”? Most of us have. However, nobody assumes we are referring to the actual temperature of that person’s heart as measured in degrees Fahrenheit. “Warm-hearted” uses a physical metaphor to describe the nature of a person. In this case, the person we are describing is likely open and nurturing. The same principle applies to being colorblind.
Yes, we all know. We understand. Racism is real.
But it no longer defines us.
You say that gender is a social construct,
And thus conclude it should be dismantled.
You also believe race to be a social construct,
But then want us to lean into it as a source of strength.
Using a framework reinforces that framework.
As we try to transcend something so shallow,
You demand that we be color-conscious.
Only you benefit from convincing us it’s real.
Using trauma to define a life benefits nobody,
Outside of those who caused the trauma. …
Several years ago, as what was then called “political correctness” began its popularity, it was little more than a curiosity that people could take or leave. For the most part, nobody sought to negatively affect your livelihood if you slipped up and uttered the word “Oriental” in reference to someone whom we today would call “Asian.” Usually, it was just our older relatives that complained and wondered how “Oriental” could apply to a rug from the far east but a person from the same location needed a new reference moniker. Big deal? No, not at all.
But something has definitely…
It can be easy to dismiss such silly objections to a private toy company looking to go genderless with a toy potato. (Just typing it out seems ridiculous.) What exactly happened? Well, in February, Hasbro announced that it would drop the “Mr.” from the brand’s name in order to be more inclusive. To be fair to the toy company, it later announced that it would be selling the unit without the designations as to allow children to create their own versions of families. …
I’ve got questions. Writing helps me find the answers. Husband, dad, Afghan vet, healthcare process consultant, former fitness guru.