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This is a longer and still far from perfect post in response to the recent OpEd in the Times. Sorry my original one had so many typos but I was rushing to post something before leaving on a few day vacation with my family, which I am still on… Revised from the post on WEDNESDAY.
You have to admit though they aren't doing a great PR job. The tone of most articles really leans hard on the whole cutting humans down to size, with mandatory mention of how we used to ignorantly think we were better than animals.
From my earliest memory, I’ve been in love with this country. But rarely have I felt so proud to be a South African as right now. It’s been a momentous fortnight.
I promise it wasn’t Captain America’s five-year-old son who made me cry, even though that was the strategy behind getting that cute blonde kid into the movie. No, it was the original video footage from 2003 of a young Ugandan boy telling of how he would prefer to die and join his brother, who was perhaps in heaven, after having had his throat cut with a panga by one of Joseph Kony’s murderous fighters. The thing is that the phenomenon behind the Invisible Children's slick and rather self-indulgent social media campaign is one of the most ghastly situations I have ever encountered. And if it took the moral indignation sparked by one young American’s exposure to the horror of what was happening in an ignored and quite inexplicable conflict in east central Africa, that’s okay with me. The leader of the terrorist rapists, slavers and child killers known as the Lord’s Resistance Army is a Ugandan called Joseph Kony.
One of the myths surrounding economic inequality in our society is that high incomes are often the result of selfishness and narrow-mindedness, rather than idealism and humanity. We tend to think that those in careers other than our own are fundamentally different kinds of people. Personality and character differences are, indeed, somewhat associated with occupation.
He could scarcely believe the ease with which he carried out the crime.
It all feels as if something very precious might be at risk.
Back in December of 1996, worried about the influence of Green Day 's "explicit" fourth album, Insomniac , on her 8-year-old son, an angry mother decided to write a slightly aggressive letter of complaint to the band.
In October of 1949, a few months after the release of George Orwell 's dystopian masterpiece, Nineteen Eighty-Four , he received a fascinating letter from fellow author Aldous Huxley — a man who, 17 years previous, had seen his own nightmarish vision of society published, in the form of Brave New World . What begins as a letter of praise soon becomes a brief comparison of the two novels, and an explanation as to why Huxley believes his own, earlier work to be a more realistic prediction.