A small and slightly disturbing realization I recently had…Perhaps I possibly do, maybe, kinda, believe that an unfettered open border policy is problematic….IN THEORY. Before anti-Trumpy people come out of their lairs to attack me, I realized that I can’t embrace the idea that our borders should categorically be open because of the “values” of diversity, inclusivity, and acceptance. This capitulates to the marxist vision of the classless, raceless, genderless society which rejects the givenness of reality and the subjectitude of man to the [divine] Giver. The ideal of the borderless society negates the necessity of distinct cultures with specific values and nuances by asserting a colonialist globalism that robs a people of their freedom to pursue the fulfillment of their human condition as they see fit. “There’s no truth. There’s nothing objective worth pursuing or defending. So forget the constructs of nation, culture, and borders. We don’t need them anymore. They only confine our ultimate pursuit of progress…”-meaning progress away from objective truth and toward the assertion of each individual’s subjective self-will…which ends up constructing sturdier and more divisive borders than Trump ever will. Continue reading “Ideological Musings: dissenting in theory, assenting in practice”
Warning: If you are a pro-life or pro-traditional marriage, don’t take my sarcasm too seriously. This is just a proposal, not an attack.
For some reason, I can’t help but scoff at the drivers whose bumpers bear stickers that rally for the Pro-Life cause. Am I supposed to be convinced that babies in wombs shouldn’t be killed, just because you put a cute bumper sticker with little imprints of baby feet, surrounded by “babies in the womb feel pain #LikeUandMe” written in Comic Sans? Am I supposed to go and vote for all pro-life political candidates now so that Roe v Wade can finally be overturned? And once it is overturned, will all citizens recognize the value of human life as a gratuitous gift rather than being a self-determined construct? Join the pro-life cause! Walk in a protest with us carrying signs with pictures of fetuses and bible verses on them! It will bring about an intensified awareness of the what gives meaning to the complexities and dramas that constitute human life! Continue reading “Ideological Musings: In which I criticize Christian values”
WARNING: This post (which at times is flagrantly sarcastic and borders on being inflammatory) is a projection of my own fallible theories. If you are an ardent progressive or Trump supporter, oops. Try to find it in your heart to forgive my ignorance (if it has yet to enter its last phase of transformation into a black hole). I am a sinner, just like YOU!
Two contradictory things that I feel obliged to point out. I advise you not to take my sarcasm too seriously. Continue reading “Ideological Musings: ISIS vs. Islam”
This article was recently posted on Traces Online. It proposes a path toward unity for our nation as we continue in this time after the 2016 election season.
Teaching World Religions to high school students is always an enlightening experience. I have the privilege of getting to share the histories of the great spiritual traditions that have served as the sources of answers to the questions that matter most to human beings: who am I? Why do exist? What will fulfill my longing for fulfillment and completion? For most of my students, these questions seem to have taken a backseat to other, more pressing concerns: Where will I go to college? How much money will I make in the future? Or the ubiquitous, how many likes did I get on my last Instagram post? Continue reading “Breaking Free from Identity Politics”
Thousands of people will gather this Friday in Washington DC to protest the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. By gathering in the National Mall, the March for Life ultimately seeks “to provide all Americans with a place to testify to the beauty of life and the dignity of each human person,” by “bring[ing] together pro-life leaders and groups to organize, unite and strategize around a common message, and to communicate this message to the government, the media and the nation in a way that is powerful and life affirming.”