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 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…

Our Universe has been immaculately designed

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The Teleological argument is one of the most powerful cases for the existence of God, not least because it shows how modern science, far from disproving the existence of a Creator, can be used to help support it. While it can be traced all the way back to the time of Plato and Aristotle, scientific discoveries over the last 50 years have brought the argument back into prominence and made it more compelling than ever before.

Thanks to recent advancements in the study of cosmology, we now know that the universe has been exquisitely…

They’re strange bedfellows.

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Can equality exist in a society that encourages pride?

June is pride month — a celebration which began as “Gay and Lesbian Pride Month,” quickly became “LGBT pride month”, and is now “LGBTQ+ month” as more and more identities have been included over the years. It’s part of a wider movement that is said to be fighting for the dignity, inclusion, and equality of different sexual identities.

But as with most movements over the past 60 years that have claimed to be for “equality,” it has been taken over by mission creep — the gradual or incremental expansion of a…

The true meaning of “diversity and inclusion”

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Last week Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot sent a letter to local media outlets offering sit-down interviews exclusively to black and brown journalists.

“By now, you may have heard the news that on the occasion of the two-year anniversary of my inauguration as Mayor of this great City, I will be exclusively providing one-on-one interviews with journalists of color. …

Why our apology-ridden society is a sign of moral breakdown, not progress.

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A couple of months ago a women’s fitness magazine sent out a tweet in which they encouraged people to “burn off those Christmas calories.” Just a few hours after the initial tweet they received so much backlash for the insensitive comment that they were forced to apologize.

Recently, the professional golfer Justin Thomas was caught on a hot-mic mumbling “fag” under his breath in frustration after a missed putt. After his round, he was asked about his use of the “homophobic slur” and gave a long-winded, rambling response…

Jake Meiss

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

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