Have we merely become a wealthier version of the banana republics we use to laugh about?
Typically, a banana republic consists of social classes that include a huge but poor working class and a smaller ruling-class plutocracy, composed of the business, political and military elites.
Christopher Hitchens wrote:…
A general suspicion of religion comes to mind easily enough. Hell, even religious people frequently exhibit this suspicion (tempered as it is with whatever thoughts they’ve assembled into their own beliefs). There is something about the whole range of religious beliefs as such that invites a degree of doubt, even contempt. It would be easy to believe religion could be refuted.
Just like nailing jelly to a…Continue
1. First, choose your parents. At least one of them should be religious. If you say it is impossible to choose parents, then wish for dame luck to favour you with religious parents.You should also love your parents and be obedient to them. It now becomes easy to believe in gods, because you love your parents and your parents told you that there are Gods.
2. Next, understand that believing in Gods in the absence of evidence is especially noble. What is the big deal in believing in…Continue
In the delivery of voice communications and multimedia sessions, various technologies are utilized. Under this case, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is one of the common technologies that are utilized in the execution of this particular task. The technology operates on a basic principle of converting analog voice signals into digital data that become easier to be transmitted via a network. The technology utilizes phones…Continue
Why are there so many cases of sexual misconduct? What is causing this surge of revelations? Why is everyone so shocked and surprised?
Those were always the rules to the game.
You knew it. I knew it. Our parents knew it. The presidents down through the ages knew it. The preachers and priests knew it. By the time we were twelve years old, maybe younger, we…Continue
Sreeni: Prof. Kumar, What could be the mission of Atheism & Secular Humanism?
Me: Well, if Atheism is the first step taken by someone, Secular Humanism is the 1000 steps thereafter that one has to take. Atheism has no mission besides declaring one’s non-belief in celestial beings. But Secular humanism is Atheism+ & does not believe that man’s mission on earth is merely to love and glorify…
Is this the new normal? Over 500 mass shootings in the past year, more in the past decade possibly than in all the 20th century. The trend gives no appearance of abating, indeed, quite the opposite. Frequently, gun sales surge in the wake of the more publicly reported shootings, owing to the mistaken impression by the gun lovers of the US that maybe, just maybe, THIS TIME the government will clamp down ... and yet they don't. The push to regulate the bump stocks which were used in the…Continue
Dawn Wouldn’t Exist
As a lifelong night person, morning to me is a four letter word. I hate mornings & prefer to avoid anything before 10:00 a.m., which is plenty early enough for my comfort level.
Over the last several months, I've had to have tests, see doctors, see specialists, & have hip replacement.
Many of these appointments were also out of town, which naturally has transportation in the....you guessed it....mornings.
Now, what could…Continue
Mass shootings can happen anywhere, but they are only a matter of routine in the United States.
Oddly, I've encountered many Americans who seem resigned to this fact of life in our country. They have no suggestions to remedy the situation except the occasional call for more guns. Americans, however, already have more guns than any other nation.
So if that were…Continue
Sreeni: When someone declares “There are no gods”, others regard this as an expletive of a highly depressed person. When people hear or say this, it is often associated with nothing going right in the life of the person proclaiming it, or it is heard being said after a tragedy occurs.
Me: Yes that happens but these four words do not need to be linked to a fatalistic or bleak outlook but instead can be reassuring, refreshing & empowering.
The event will be about Kasese Humanist School marking 7 years in existence and appreciating its growth over the years from the rented Railway building properties to its new home located in Scheme ward, Kyondo cell , Rukoki in Nyamwamba Division, Kasese Municipality.Continue
Even after seeing the death of my parents, relatives, acquaintances & friends over the years and realizing the inevitability of death from age if not from accidents, I have not been able to come to terms with death.
When visiting the bereaved people who have just lost some loved ones, I do not know what to say to them. Well-meaning people say these platitudes:
"He/She is in a better place"…