Xenophobia

I really was trying not to post about this because I really don’t want to sound like I’m complaining all the time. I am silencing myself no more. There has been a lot of controversy in the news over a mosque being built *near* ground zero, and also a pastor who thankfully resolved to scrub his 9/11 Qur’an burning event. I certainly understand the concern over the location of the mosque, when I first heard the phrase “mosque at ground zero” I was a bit taken aback. However upon following the story and hearing the different views I have to say it’s not that simple, and before anyone goes throwing stones there is a lot to be considered. Continue reading “Xenophobia”

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Overpopulation

On today, my 25th birthday, I find this to be a fitting subject for a post.
Disease, infertility, famine, natural disasters.. I think the Earth is trying to tell us something. There’s too frickin many of us!!! If you have seen the movie Idiocracy you were probably, like me, quietly terrified by the plausibility of such a future. Just last week I watched a few minutes of a show my mom had recorded on the dvr about kids that live in hotels. One of the families was comprised of a mother working the night shift at a hospital, an unemployed father, two young boys, a daughter and shiny new baby. Why would you continue to reproduce in that situation?!?! Why are people who can’t afford to have kids having so many?? I’ll tell you why, it’s because they’re dumb Americans.  Dumb- because of their obliviousness about the planet they live on, American- because of their mindless adherence to the ways of media-driven consumerism. Continue reading “Overpopulation”

Raging Atheism

With my recent immersion into the field of biology and the beauty of the natural world, I have a newfound reinforcement of my belief that there is no god. With this greater comfort and acceptance of my own atheism, I have opened my eyes to the general opinion of people sharing my stance on life and death. The biggest thing I have noticed about my fellow atheists? Man, are they angry. Continue reading “Raging Atheism”

Shades of gray

This morning I read a great snippet of news that really brightened my day. It may not seem like much to anyone else, but here’s the article: click. One thing that has always bothered me about “society” is our strict definitions of the gender roles. Girls have to wear dresses and play with dolls, and boys get their knees dirty and play with toy trucks. You’re either 100% girl or 100% boy. I believe instead that most of us are somewhere in between the two extremes. Somebody can be 75% boy and 25% girl (I’m talking mentally of course, though it’s possible physically), or 15% boy and 85% girl. Continue reading “Shades of gray”

Tolerance

I like to watch videos on Ted.com, if you haven’t been on that site and you are a scientifically-minded and creative individual I suggest you give it a look. There is a talk by Richard Dawkins and also a talk by Sam Harris on how we need to abandon religion as the end-all be-all solution to life issues. This isn’t another atheist rant of mine, there are factors beyond religion that fuel the perpetuation of dicrimination and unethical practices. The bottom line of this post is that we need to stop letting things such as religion, “culture” and politics stop curbing our tolerance and fogging our moral goggles.
Past instances of religion-based or “cultural” discrimination or unethical treatment against a group or individual are too numerous to get into in one post. This is a broad and time expansive subject. I’m just going to go over some current events in an attempt to give you food for thought. Continue reading “Tolerance”