Family, Parenting

The Life of a Parent: Gaining Insight into a Different Kind of Love

The way I understand the Bahá’í Writing, we are created in the image of God, and we can understand Him better by working on the various aspects of our spiritual selves.  I also understand that we are told that one of the main purposes of marriage is to have children. It makes sense to me… Read More The Life of a Parent: Gaining Insight into a Different Kind of Love

Community Building, Justice

Differences in Opinion: Let’s Stop Oppressing One Another

A lot of people have problems with religion.  It’s to the point that I often feel that, as a religious person, I can’t talk about what I really believe in for fear of being labelled.  I have been called a fanatic.  I have been told that I can’t think for myself and that’s why I… Read More Differences in Opinion: Let’s Stop Oppressing One Another

Community Building, Racism

Cultural Appropriation: Contextualizing our Work to Eliminate All Prejudices

This post on cultural appropriation inspired some very interesting conversations.  Most interesting was the fact that most reactions came from well-meaning individuals who work hard on eliminating prejudices from their day-to-day lives.  It’s difficult for people like us to realise that, despite all the time, energy, and love we put into this cause, we might… Read More Cultural Appropriation: Contextualizing our Work to Eliminate All Prejudices

Gender Studies, Media

Rape Culture: Consent in Movies

I have mentioned before how insidious the negative forces of society can be, and how something that seemed forever innocuous can actually be quite dangerous. I realised today that there is something we as a society seem to accept wholly and fully that could just be a big part of the rape culture problem. Picture… Read More Rape Culture: Consent in Movies

Media

Learning to Love and Live The Banality of Good

Most people are good and yet, when it comes to the news, books, television shows, and movies, the emphasis is on the bad.  Now while bad makes for great plots, what are the underlying assumptions of bad being more worthy than good as the focus of media content creation? Good Doesn’t Make For a Good… Read More Learning to Love and Live The Banality of Good

Media

Violence in the Media We Consume: Is it worth the risk?

Rape scenes in the Game of Thrones series served as potent forms of fuel for an ongoing debate: does exposure to violence in the media we consume cause behavioral problems or not?  Does it do so for only an at-risk segment of the population?  Would limiting the creation of violent media solve the problem of… Read More Violence in the Media We Consume: Is it worth the risk?

Personal Development

Walking a Fine Line: Understanding Negative Social Forces

In his attempt to rid an individual of a physical ailment, a doctor will first take stock of his symptoms, i.e. his “physical reality”.  Much in the same way, those trying to rid their communities of its various ailments have to take stock of its “symptoms”, i.e. its social reality.  And just like the doctor… Read More Walking a Fine Line: Understanding Negative Social Forces

Family, Parenting

Learning To ‘Be’ From The Cradle Up: On The Desire To Constantly Entertain My Baby

One of the elements that I have come to understand as essential to one’s personal growth—mental, spiritual, and emotional—is the ability to sit quietly and just be.  Of course nowadays, there is always something (or rather, a bunch of things!) that is clamouring for our attention, and so we are often left without a second… Read More Learning To ‘Be’ From The Cradle Up: On The Desire To Constantly Entertain My Baby

Community Building, Writing

Building Coherence: Writing to Contribute to the Betterment of Society

When reading about the habits of highly successful people, a couple of things seem universal.  Most of them seem to have a rigorous routine.  Most of them delegate unimportant tasks.  When possible, a large part of them simplify their lives so that they are able to focus on the more important things. Highly Successful People… Read More Building Coherence: Writing to Contribute to the Betterment of Society

Personal Development

The Fear of Making Mistakes: No Such Thing as Failure

Mistakes earn a bad reputation pretty early on in our lives. When we make mistakes on a test at school, it gets marked in bold red, is sometimes mentioned by the teacher as a bad thing we should not have done, and something our parents tell us not to repeat next time. This relationship with… Read More The Fear of Making Mistakes: No Such Thing as Failure