This essay on the 18th century philosopher David Hume illustrates the difficulty 18th century and later Christians had accepting his combination of atheism and virtue. They considered it an offense and challenge to their beliefs. Here in the US, we’re in the early 21st century and dealing with much the same religious fear and intolerance.
If you’re interested in critical thinking and the remarkable ability of many people to delude themselves and others, it’s worth reading this short reference on crank magnetism, which may remind you of several people you know. We certainly have some people among our relatives and my kids’ friends who are walking demonstrations of crank magnetism.
RationalWiki is a good resource for critical thinking and research on ideas and people you encounter. I’ve found it well written and have not found any obvious false or misleading statements in my occasional visits to the site.
Mary Oliver died Thursday, 17 January 2019. It’s worth knowing her. The New Yorker piece below will introduce you to her world and the YouTube video features her reading one of her most popular poems.
Harriet Tubman is a true badass woman and enduring symbol of greatness.
The Washington Post notes that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has apparently decided not to replace the portrait of slave owner and mass murderer Andrew Jackson with that of the great Harriet Tubman on the US $20 bill. Mnuchin and the rest of this racist administration are part of a dying ideology, and great human beings like Tubman will overcome this hatred and have the last word.
Toxic Masculinity is a very real and dangerous problem in the United States. This comic explains the idea and provides a compelling example of the effects of toxic masculinity on the author’s life.
From the Fusion article: “The emergency contraceptive levonorgestrel—aka Plan B—was available in the United States for nearly 15 years before the idea that it wasn’t effective for women above a certain weight started getting attention.”
That should bother you, a lot. Neither the US government (which is currently controlled by people who want to own women) nor the manufacturer have done their jobs in making sure people know this, much less creating a better product.
If you or someone you know is a potential user of Plan B, please read and spread this information.
Feminist jokes. Retell for laughs and thoughtful conversation.
You should smile mo—
I’m gonna stop you right there, dude.
This child is a Syrian refugee. He and his people are suffering. Life requires that we help them any way we can.
There’s an organization in the United States called No More Deaths, “a humanitarian aid organization that, each year, enlists hundreds of volunteers to hike deep into the wilderness with thousands of gallons of water in an attempt to prevent death and suffering along the US-Mexico border.”
These people are truly pro-life. When someone claims to be pro-life, this is a good standard to measure them by.