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First collage by Elizabeth Driscoll in collaboration with Jesse Treece.
Regarding Mishaal’s question today:
“Another issue concerns the predominantly text-oriented approach to Hin duism. There has been a tendency not only to confine the study of Hinduism to selective male-dominated texts, but also to interpret textual prescriptions as descriptions of actual reality. This preoccupation with the text has distracted most Western scholars of Hinduism from exploring or even considering other avenues such as dance, music, folklore,a rt and so forth,w hich offer a farm ore varied and realistic picture of women’s position in society. Religion, to the Hindu, is not limited only to texts, nor for that matter, to a set of beliefs or propositional truths or practices “
This website, http://www.atheistnexus.org/ is “The World’s Largest Coalition of Nontheists and Nontheist Communities”. They have different groups for different types of nontheists. They even have a group for Indian Atheists: http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/indianatheists. Although they are not a very active group, I found this post which I have linked to you in the title. The bottom post is the most interesting. It is a story of someone who was an atheist in a Brahmin family. Here is the beginning: “I pretty much grew up in a Brahmin household, and many of my extended family members are extremely conservative Vaishnavite Brahmins. Much to the point of out and out bigotry unto other castes. My parents, otoh, were not quite so serious, and my father was an atheist long before I was born. My mother, though “accused” of being an atheist by her sisters and such was probably more of a pragmatist… though to this day, she is still a subscriber of most Hindu-specific superstitions (such as Rahu Kaalam and so on).”
A little late but **Response to Quandt-Mearsheimer Talk**
One of the most interesting aspects of this talk was the different types of one-state solutions/results. Quandt was talking about how many people advocate for a one-state solution in which the two populations live together and have equal rights—similar to Palestine pre-1948. This is actually what the leftist community generally advocates for. Quandt points out, however, that it is a very idealistic solution that will probably not occur in any of our lifetimes.
Mearsheimer, however, talks about how the two state solution is dead. As a result, there will be one state—Greater Israel. This state will be an apartheid state, and it somewhat already is (he references the survey that was mentioned in the Guardian and Haaretz that showed most Israelis were accepting of apartheid politics within Israel). Eventually, he asserts, the apartheid, one-state will no longer be acceptable internationally. This will spur the forced inclusion of the marginalized Palestinians—much like in South Africa—and Israel will be forced into the version of the one-state solution they do not want. This is because they forwent a two-state solution when they could.
Unsurprisingly, these talks did not really mention the role of women at all. This is not very surprising coming from Mearsheimer, who is a systemic realists. The talk was still interesting and useful for learning more about the conflict, however.
The Washington Monument photographed by Bill Ingalls, senior photographer for NASA. It was taken while the T-38 Jets flew around D.C. [via]
#cute #llama #friends #love #odd (Taken with instagram)
It is the world’s one crime
it’s babes grow dull,
It’s poor are ox-like, limp
Not that they starve,
But starve so dreamlessly;
Not that they sow;
But that they seldom reap;
Not that they serve,
But have no gods to serve;
Not that they die,
But that they die like sheep.