“The definition of a philosopher is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black hat that isn’t there. The definition of a theologian is the one who finds it. And a mathematician is the one who calculates the odds of finding the hat.”—(via odinsblog)
Europe is resounding with cries of ‘immigrants, go home!’ Here’s what would happen to the World Cup if they did.
Can we just take a second to see the colonial extraction of talent that happens with these European teams? France and Germany would not have teams if they made good on their racist, anti-immigrant rhetoric. It is important to keep in mind that these competitions like the world cup are not a reflection of national prowess for many European teams, but a flexing of imperial muscle.
“No one today is purely one thing. Labels like Indian, or woman, or Muslim, or American are not more than starting-points, which if followed into actual experience for only a moment are quickly left behind. Imperialism consolidated the mixture of cultures and identities on a global scale. But its worst and most paradoxical gift was to allow people to believe that they were only, mainly, exclusively, white, or Black, or Western, or Oriental. Human beings make their own history, they also make their cultures and ethnic identities.”—
“Forgetting can be an act of will, but so can remembering. By staying silent on the events of Tiananmen Square instead of making a case that it was a mistake in the rise of a nation, Party leaders have not succeeded in effacing it from history. They have simply ceded the subject to their opponents.”—Evan Osnos on Tiananmen at twenty-five: http://nyr.kr/1kqfZ6P (via newyorker)
All but one of the mass murders in the U.S. over the last 30 years has been committed by men. The fact that gender is often omitted from the story speaks to how we still see the masculine as the irreproachable and invisible standard. As Michael Kimmel notes in his extensive research on school shootings, if the genders were reversed and most school shootings were committed by women, you’d bet gender would be part of the analysis.
We often instead shift the conversation to “mental illness” and describe shooters as madmen, while the characteristics they exhibit are often an extension of toxic masculinity ideals that are institutionally reinforced.
“We teach children the value of sharing and kindness, yet we create societies which enshrine greed. If we allow the politics of short-term gain to rule our societies, where we continually reward those unscrupulous actors willing to sacrifice collective good for personal gain, if we allow individuals to ignore and pervert scientific truth in service to their own ends, then we ensure our own destruction. A tech-empowered world of completely self-interested people is sure to implode. It is in our self-interest to be a little less self-interested.”—We Are Running Out of Time To Build A Better World (via azspot)