[Repost] Opulence

https://youtu.be/jD-PbF3ywGo

A Million Little Deaths

To the skeptics and the willingly blind, Recently, a friend and I was talking about politics and current events and this phrase was uttered: "I think people are exaggerating. Well, it's not like the world is going to end."Or something to that effect; I don't remember it word-by-word. And immediately, it had a gut-clenching effect…

Labels in Politics

Merriam-Webster defines identity politics as politics in which groups of people having a racial, religious, ethnic, social, or cultural identity tend to promote their own specific interests or concerns without regard to the interests or concerns of any larger political group.  Identity politics are a persistent part of the American narrative, as they would be…

There's always this nebulous cloud of unease whenever I get invited to a discussion of race and privilege with a white person. At best, they could listen to what's being said and try to understand but at worst, it will devolve into a he said she said where everything is taken as a personal attack or a joke. This article puts that feeling into more definite terms.

Tolerance vs Acceptance

Within the past several decades, as people take an increasingly nuanced look at their identity, many more identities have risen to the public awareness. These different identities aren't new to the human race. There have been many representations of people identifying as queer and transgender etc. since people have existed. Whereas before, Western and specifically…

Othering and Purity Culture

I recently finished Pure, a book about the purity movement in evangelical Christianity (and beyond)and the psychological effects it has left on the generation of girls that grew up under it. It's a really good read and offered me a lot of insight into the minds of a community that I have always had a…

4-Part Analysis of Invisible Man (Part 1)

Originally written for my AP Lit class IM stands for the main character, the titular Invisible Man Each part of this series will cover material on approximately every 100 pages of the book, although there will be some overlap. [Battle Royal scene] The blacks in this society are treated as little more than circus monkeys,…

Gratitude and Entitlement: Selfish Altruism

Normally, everyone is happy to receive a gift but there are times when a gift isn't welcome. Imagine being given something you didn't even want in the first place and being told that it was the greatest gift anyone could give you and that you should feel grateful because of it. On the other side, there are people who feel responsible for whatever good fortune you have and try to take credit for it by holding the word "ungrateful" over your head.

[A Repost] A Single Story | A TedTalk

As human beings, perspective is something that constantly limits us in our ability to understand the world and our ability to empathise with others who don't have similar perspectives. In this TedTalk, the speaker Ms. Adichie details some stories in her life that led to false expectations and false realities in her own life. I think this is very relevant today when we are often blinded by "a single story". In psychology, this is called the representative heuristic where the most available example of one thing is taken to represent the whole of that thing. This thing can be a race of people, it can be a place or it can even represent things like political and economic systems. When you only hear one perspective about a thing and it's the only story you hear, then your knowledge is incomplete and you risk making serious mistakes based on your incomplete knowledge, one of which is your choice in what to vote for. Be informed and seek out sources besides news to inform your choices.

On Campus Safe Spaces: The Drag and the Friction

For the 2016-2017 academic year, safe spaces were a particularly hot topic in light of the 2016 election in which both sides of America's political spectrum were rather vocal in their support or opposition to the idea. There are some articles floating around that claim that safe spaces on college campuses are redundant if not…

Political Correctness and Social Justice Warriors: Saints By Comparison

With so many opinions being expressed more than ever on the world wide stage, there comes vigilantes that gallantly defend the honor of those who are marginalised by society. In reality, they do little besides contributing to the reputation that liberals are too PC and with things like safe spaces on campuses, it becomes evident…

Not everyone is capable of the mellower and more compassionate aspects of the human psyche. But everyone knows what a raised fist and a burning urge to hurt feels like. Violence is a survival instinct, a reaction to threat, real or imagined. My point? Speak it wisely for, just like any other language, it identifies…