On Mother’s Day

One of the first things that children learn is to label the people (especially adults) in their lives.

Mum and Dad.

Aunt and Uncle.

And even as our world broadens and we meet more people, some related to us and some not, these four terms of address remain our most frequently used ones.

But do we ever learn what these terms really mean?

Do we ever teach our children more than simply which biological relative is entitled to which label?

Do we ever teach our children about the kind of roles and responsibilities each label entails? 

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How Can I Be Praying For You?

If you come from non-religious background (like mine), you will probably be startled by this question the first time you hear it. It might make you feel uncomfortable or even downright angry, especially if you are an adamant atheist or a sceptical agnostic.

And there is a very good reason for your reaction.

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Why You Find Honour Killings So Repulsive

Many of us attempt to be tolerant and open-minded, perhaps even politically correct, but eventually we are bound to experience an encounter that will force us to reevaluate our values of acceptance and diversity.

Given the outraged tone in which honour killings are generally reported in Western media, it is safe to assume that honour killings are frequently the said encounter.

The reason that the murder of a woman in the name of honour is so incomprehensible to a Western name lies in  Continue reading “Why You Find Honour Killings So Repulsive”

How Christianity Subconsciously Affects Your Western Secular Thinking

I grew up in a country, where the overwhelming majority of people are atheist. Of course we celebrated Christmas and Easter and we all knew the relevant Biblical stories by heart, but it had never occurred to me that an adult of sound mind could find any spiritual meaning in those fairytales. That is, until I was nineteen years olden and had lived in Australia for eight years.

As I dabbled with different religions and interacted with people from diverse cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds, I realised that not only could these fairytales of my childhood carry philosophical ideas that directly applied to my life, but the morals behind them had affected (and continue to affect) my worldview more than I had realised.  Continue reading “How Christianity Subconsciously Affects Your Western Secular Thinking”

On Social Media Or Why I Unfollowed Your Blog

The Internet as a whole, but especially social media allow us to create our own reality. This means that, for instance, we can physically emigrate, but mentally (and emotionally) we can remain attached to the reality of our original homeland by reading the same familiar newspapers, by watching the same familiar TV shows and gossiping about the same familiar people, but now in an online format. Perhaps in a less comprehensive example, Continue reading “On Social Media Or Why I Unfollowed Your Blog”

On The Fear Of Embarassment

We fear to be considered many a thing. Unattractive. Wierd. Naive. Immature. Stupid.

Whichever trait we value most in others, that is the trait that we fear losing most. (If we believe that we did not possess the said trait in the first place, then we fear demonstrating the absence of the said trait.)

This fear is more commonly expressed as the fear of embarrassing oneself.

But what do we really fear when we say that we are afraid of embarrassing ourselves?  Continue reading “On The Fear Of Embarassment”

Why Does Islam Clash With Western Cultures?

First of all, let’s agree that yes, no matter how much the believers in multiculturalism among us try, Islam does indeed clash with the way of life in much of Europe and other prominent developed countries, such as Australia, Canada and the United States.

Most people in the West drink alcohol on a regular basis. Many European cultures have traditions associated with its consumption and it is viewed as unsociable (hostile, even) to refuse the offer of an alcoholic drink by your host. Islam forbids the consumption of alcohol.

The number of marriages has been steadily decreasing in much of the developed world over the last decade, with sexual activity among teenagers being viewed as the norm. Islam forbids premarital sex.

And of course there is always the issue of the handshake: if you are fortunate enough not to belong to a culture where hugging and kissing near-strangers (of either sex) as a greeting is customary, then it is unquestionable that you will shake hands as a greeting, especially if you are meeting someone for the first time. Islam forbids any form physical contact with the opposite sex. 

So, yes, Islam does indeed clash with Western cultures.

Or does it?  Continue reading “Why Does Islam Clash With Western Cultures?”