Is it Cultural Mis-Appropriation? A Handy Guide

Find out if what you’re doing is cultural misappropriation in 7 questions or less.

A group I am a part of recently had a social justice warrior cry “cultural misappropriation!!!” on a dearly-held tradition of theirs. Unsure of what to do, this group stopped doing the “offensive act” altogether. Years of their tradition immediately ceased because one person felt some minor offense. Continue reading “Is it Cultural Mis-Appropriation? A Handy Guide”

How Should We Address Racism?

Racism has been in the news a lot lately. I’m not quite sure how to parse out some of the extreme views coming from people on both sides of the issue. I invite you to comment here, and help me frame some solid ideas of my own. For now, however, I’m going to simply post some of the various articles, questions, or comments that I’ve read that struck a chord with me. I’m not saying that I agree or disagree with any of the commentary below, I’m simply trying to build a complete picture of the issue.  Continue reading “How Should We Address Racism?”

Observations on Humanity

Being human today is probably no different than being human 4,000 years ago.

Here’s a few general observations I’ve made about humanity: our personality, social traits, and philosophies, both pessimistic and optimistic. When you boil it down, a human being today is probably no different than a human being 4,000 years ago. Please keep in mind that I realize these are blanket generalizations that do not apply to every individual human being.  Continue reading “Observations on Humanity”

Secular Lessons for Kids

“I just tell myself that I’m going to read 10 pages a day, no matter what”. —Mom

In one of my previous posts, I was asked if I was going to “dedicate my son” in the religious sense. In that post, I revealed an idea of mine to put together “secular lessons” for kids of atheist parents. I don’t currently know of any materials out there that help kids navigate the world of “right” and “wrong”, for developing their own sense of morality, or teaching reason and free thought. Continue reading “Secular Lessons for Kids”