Same-Sex “Marriage”

Originally posted on Roger Helmer MEP:

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I was saddened, though not surprised, to see that the House of Commons has voted to approve same-sex marriage.  It was a small consolation that more than half of Conservatives voted against.  Nice to think that there are still some responsible people in my former party.  But as I Tweeted next morning, the vote showed the shocking arrogance of MPs, in voting to vandalise an ancient institution for the sake of a modish whim.  My former colleague Julie Girling MP, Chief Whip of the Conservative MEP delegation, told me that I was “on the wrong side of history” on this issue.  But in social policy (as in business, and in climate science) it is a mistake to project current trends in straight lines.  Many of these phenomena are cyclical, not linear.

The reason that marriage has a special and unique place in our society and culture, the reason it commands our…

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Posted by on October 8, 2015 in General News


The benefits of socially imposed monogamy

Originally posted on Human Civilizations:

The prevalence of monogamy in many civilized societies may lead people to erroneously infer that we are naturally monogamous. Based on a clear understanding of how sexual dimorphism works, however, it is apparent that humans are not a naturally monogamous species.

According to evolutionary psychologist Richard Alexander,

“Humans are the only mammal that lives in multi-male groups,in which confidence of paternity is high, and the males are both extensively and complexly parental and the males are also extensively and complexly cooperative with one another (and in which, I speculate, the males with the highest confidence of paternity also tend to be the most cooperative).”

Richard Alexander[1979] coined the term “socially imposed monogamy”(SIM) and “socially imposed universal monogamy” (SIUM) to describe mating practices followed by modern human societies. Under SIUM, monogamy is universally applied to all male members of the society. Under SIM, the male elites (typically kings) are granted…

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Posted by on October 3, 2015 in General News


Thoughts on Ramayana

Originally posted on Human Civilizations:


The Ramayana is one of the two great epics of India (the other being the Mahabharatha). It is an epic poem written by Maharishi Valmiki around 5th to 4th century BCE, although some accounts hold that the poem was circulating before the days of Valmiki and that he was just the first to write it down. It continues to be performed in dance, drama and songs all across India to this day.

The Ramayana is a tale that emphasises the dharmas(virtues) of Ram (husband, warrior and king), Sita (wife and mother), Hanuman (loyal friend) and Lakshman (brother). Among the many dharmas exemplified in the Ramayana, Ram is also portrayed as a champion of ekapatnivratashta [ardent follower of monogamy].

The Ramayana is actually a debate on moral principles and the story serves as a backdrop to this debate. At various points in the tale, the actors involved in the…

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Posted by on October 3, 2015 in General News


The Epic of Gilgamesh and the Purpose in Life

Originally posted on Amy Mulvin:

gilgameshWritten between 2500 and 1500 B.C.E., the epic of Gilgamesh is the earliest work of literature modern culture has obtained. Its original recording in cuneiform is a characteristic that any considerate analyst of literature will not overlook in determining the theme of this masterpiece. This expression of writing was time consuming and labor intensive, and the fact that the author, and/or recorder, invested the time and work into these tablets suggests that its purpose is to persevere. Scholars and students contend varying views when considering the epic of Gilgamesh and the changes from one topic to the next. Many of them arrive at the overall theme being that of Gilgamesh’s search for escape from death, and certainly that is a strong topic, but when one considers the individual topics, one can begin to see a larger intent. The epic is not to be broken down into individual focuses, but consider…

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Posted by on October 3, 2015 in General News


Epic of Gilgamesh: Drive-By Analysis

Originally posted on Brofessional Writer:

I just finished reading the oldest epic discovered up to this point, or at least that’s what the historians tell us literary students. Who knows the real date of origin of Gilgamesh, or when the historical King Gilgamesh was actually alive and ruling. But, that’s not the point of this brief essay. Here are two quick thoughts about the story:

First, Enkidu is not Gilgamesh’s friend or foil, he is his doppelganger.

Enkidu has many characteristics that mirror Gilgamesh, the biggest two being his strength and his being part-God. (Gilgamesh is called two thirds God/ one third man, and Enkidu was formed directly by the Gods.)

Although one could say that these two are just parallel characters, but the purpose of Enkidu’s creation made his literary identity obvious. He had not come to encourage Gilgamesh to continue what he was doing, instead Enkidu was created to restrain and control Gilgamesh from…

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Posted by on October 3, 2015 in General News


Summary and “partial” analysis of “The Epic of Gilgamesh”

Summary and “partial” analysis of  “The Epic of Gilgamesh”


AA refreshing analysis

Originally posted on annakgonzalez:

The Epic of Gilgamesh is an an ancient Mesopotamian work and one of the earliest pieces of world literature. The story is set in and around the city-state of Uruk in Southern Mesopotamia, the lands between the Tigris and Euphrates river during the second and third millenniums BCE. The story’s main protagonist is the king of Uruk named Gilgamesh, whose name means “the offspring is a hero” or “the old man is still a young man”. The interpretations of Gilgamesh’s name alludes to the protagonist’s qualities and to the major themes of the story. Gilgamesh is an epic hero who contends with mortality and the relationship culture has with inevitable death. It is thought that Gilgamesh rules around 2700 BCE and his notoriety throughout the region was attributed to Uruk’s monumental city walls.  His architectural accomplishment features prominently in the poem and convey’s deep meaning throughout the poem. The walls…

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Posted by on October 3, 2015 in General News


Oregon shooting: ‘If they said they were Christians, they were shot again’

Oregon shooting: ‘If they said they were Christians, they were shot again’

Originally posted on The Muslim Issue:

British born mixed-race shooter Chris Harper-Mercer was identified as Oregon Campus Shooter

Los Angeles Times

‘If they said they were Christians, they were shot again’

Ana Boylan, 18, was in her classroom at Umpqua Community College when the gunman entered and shot her professor, she told family members Thursday afternoon.

Boylan, who had started attending the college this week, was shot in the back, said her grandmother, Janet Willis. A girl standing next to her was shot, too, Willis said.

“They just laid on the ground and pretended they were dead,” Willis said her granddaughter told her and other family members. Boylan tearfully recounted her ordeal from a hospital bed after she’d been airlifted to a Eugene hospital. As she lay wounded in the classroom, she told her grandmother, she heard the gunman ask others to rise and state their religion. “If they said they were Christians, they were shot…

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Posted by on October 2, 2015 in General News


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