No Seriously.

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You’ve probably never seen or heard of the man in the picture above and yet I can guarantee that he has had a massive impact on the way that you think about the world.

That is strange. And it’s also illustrative of one of the most troubling features of our time — the degree to which people have become completely unaware of the ideology that they espouse.

Let me show you what I mean.

Have you ever heard of microaggressions, hate speech, systemic racism, implicit bias, safe spaces, white privilege, diversity, or that racism is “power plus privilege?”…

And the breakdown of our society

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You ever wonder why more and more topics seem to be contentious and rather difficult to talk about? Whether it’s about the definition of marriage, sexual identity, abortion, transgenderism, immigration, covid policy, or any other social issue, it feels like there is an ever-increasing chasm between two sides that can’t find any common ground and only know how to talk past each other.

One may be tempted to think that disagreements like these have always existed and that most generations have a tendency to exaggerate and catastrophize the extent of their own problems. But…

The guise of competency is crumbling in Afghanistan

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Over the last week, the Taliban has taken over Afghanistan. The Islamist military organization who was last overthrown in 2001 by US-led military forces has regained control of the capital city Kubal and sent the whole country into turmoil. …


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Voter ID laws have become a hot-button issue over the past few election cycles.

“We are witnessing a concerting effort to place new obstacles in front of minorities, low-income families, and young people who seek to exercise their right to vote. A poll tax by another name would smell as vile” said Maryland Representative Steny Hoyer. Many of our nation’s leaders have even likened voter ID laws to Jim Crow-“these laws are the new Jim Crow laws of our times” said senator Ben Cardin.

The logic behind these arguments is really quite simple-any policy that disproportionately affects one group over…

Why is there something rather than nothing?

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In college I had an atheist friend who I’d talk about religion and God with. One week we were chatting about reasons for the existence of God and I brought up the cosmological argument. As I walked him through the argument, I vividly remember seeing the gears turning in his head as he thought through the implications of what he was hearing. Suddenly, something clicked. Still kind of dumbfounded, he proceeded to tell me he couldn’t be an atheist anymore. It didn’t make sense; he told me — there had to be something that created the universe.

The beauty of…

And the downfall of the West

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This week I was reading the news and came across the following headline:

“Demi Lovato says they forgive those misgendering them. Others say consequences could be dire.”

I had to read it a couple of times, very confused as to what I had just read. Then I realized what was going on — what I thought was a grammatical error was actually the writer using Lovato’s new preferred pronoun “they” instead of “she.”

I then learned that Demi, lamenting the years of listening to the patriarchy and being oppressed by her upbringing, had recently come out as nonbinary. Both the…

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There’s a lot of talk about income inequality these days. We bemoan the increasing wealth of the top 1% and say things like “the rich just keep getting richer.” But how much truth is there to the rhetoric surrounding this issue?

Less than you may think. This topic, like so many other politically popular and emotionally charged topics, is full of logical fallacies and rhetorical tricks that distort what’s really going on.

One of the most prevalent and pernicious of these fallacies is the way we speak about “the rich” and “the poor” as if they’re a fixed group of…

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A few months ago I was in Charlotte for work and got to talking with one of my Uber drivers. His name was Alpha, and he had immigrated to the United States about a decade ago from a small country in Western Africa called Liberia.

This was during the height of some of the political turmoil, protests, and riots going on so I asked him what he thought of all of this, thinking he might have an interesting perspective. …

And a call for gratitude.

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Many people, myself included, have become so caught up in the issues of our time that we’ve forgotten just how good we have it.

In the last half-century, the average life expectancy rose from 56 years to 72, an increase of 29%. In 1966 out of every 1000 infants born, 113 died before their first birthday. 50 years later in 2016, only 32 died — a reduction of 72%. Over the same span, the average income per person rose by over 300%. Since 1990 more than 1.2 billion people have risen out of extreme poverty. …

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Last week the Washington Post published an article called “The Racist Legacy many Birds Carry” with the subtitle “The birding community faces a difficult debate about the names of species connected to enslavers, supremacists and grave robbers.”

The piece makes the case that birding is riddled with racism and describes how many in the community are taking steps towards creating a more diverse and inclusive environment for fellow birders.

“As with the wider field of conservation, racism and colonialism are in ornithology’s DNA, indelibly linked to its origin story. The challenge of how to move forward is roiling White ornithologists…

Jake Meiss

I'm an electrical engineer with a passion for ideas. Christianity, philosophy, politics, worldview, and social commentary.

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