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On Bigotry and Intolerance

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Someone asked “If someones hates bigots, are they bigots themselves?” on Quora. Below is my answer.

I think labels can be tricky things. I personally define a bigot as someone who is hatefully opposed to a way of thinking or a certain ideology without completely understanding its nuances.

By that logic, yes. It is possible to call someone opposed to a dictator a bigot, especially if their…

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When something is Sacred

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Someone asked “What does something being “sacred” mean?” on Quora. Below is my answer.

Modern secular society has come to generally have a sort of disdain for the idea of the sacred. It is the same kind of disdain that is associated with religion when it is assumed that it is nothing more than mythology — fantastic stories that humans told each other when they didn’t know any better about their…

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Christianity goes outwards, Buddhism goes inwards

Christianity goes outwards, Buddhism goes inwards

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Below is my answer on Quora for the question: ‘Why do some Christians think Christianity is better than Buddhism?

I am neither Christian nor Buddhist. But since I am from a country where competitive religiosity is rampant, I think I have a fair view of the issue. I can’t claim to properly understand how Christians in a Christian-majority country might behave. So consider what follows an educated…

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Cultural Truth in Advertisements

Cultural Truth in Advertisements

Suppose you, in the course of your travels, find yourself in the midst of a new culture — new people, new customs, and new ways of doing things. In your efforts to understand this new culture, you might talk to people, observe customs, and/or try to learn about it by studying/viewing documentary sources.

Or you could just turn on the TV and watch their advertisements.

Few things are more…

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On Escaping Into Fantasy

I have shot wooden arrows at cardboard boxes. I have stuck toy guns in my belt and tied plastic swords to my shoulder. I have, in essence, done what every child does — travel into fantasies.

All my cousins did the same but, as my mother recalls, I was very methodical about it. When the call for lunch came, I put the guns down, hung the sword up, took off the cloak, and sat down dutifully to eat.…

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"Sorry Sasuke! Maybe next time." :(

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Why Human Beings Did Not Evolve To Be Giants

The idea of evolutionary advantage can be a double-edged sword. You can explain away some bits of the mystery of existence with it and you can make some other aspects infinitely murkier. On Quora, someone asked why we have not evolved to be giants. Below is my answer.

Modern human beings are probably smaller, weaker, and more prone to physical damage than their ancestors were. We used to be more…

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Nationalism and the Dangerous Myth of a World Without Borders

Do you believe in a world without borders?

I don’t. Here is why.

Every time I hear someone say nations and communities are evil constructs and what we should all try to belong to is ‘humanity’, I begin to wonder what that particular person means by ‘humanity’. Would she, for example, be comfortable being in the same house with people who believe girls do not deserve education? Would she be okay…

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Biblical Fear of Knowledge Permeates Modern Western Storytelling

Here is one way in which comic books misrepresent the real world.

The average archnemesis in the story book hero world is an evil sorceror, a mad scientist, or some other kind of fiendish schemer. What they have in common is that they are intelligent. The “heroes” they are up against are often good-natured oafs who save the day (and get the girl) by flexing their muscles.

​​So intelligence is…

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Race and Marketability in Popular Entertainment

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Popular fantasy has for long had a group of critics who complain about its ‘race problem’. Simply put, in most novels, the heroes, wizards, queens and witches are almost always White. Only yesterday, I read a rather angry piece by David Dennis Jr on the new Ridley Scott movie Exodus. Apparently…

“Moses is White. The Pharaoh is White. Tuya is super White and Joshua is Jesse Pinkman. Not only are…

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