No, White Friend—You Weren’t “Embarrassed” by Barack Obama | john pavlovitz

If virulent cognitive dissonance upsets you, I recommend not reading the comments section of this uncompromisingly truthful analysis. (Cognitive dissonance being by far the most common response to accusations of being a racist, with frank admission trailing  in a distant second place.)  Otherwise, have at it.

But I don’t believe [your embarrassment at Obama] had anything to do with his resume or his experience or his character or his conduct in office—because you seem fully proud right now to be associated with a three-time married, serial adulterer and confessed predator; a man whose election and business dealings and relationships are riddled with controversy and malfeasance. You’re perfectly fine being represented by a bullying, obnoxious, genitalia-grabbing, Tweet-ranting, Prime Minister-shoving charlatan who’s managed to offended all our allies in a few short months. And you’re okay with him putting on religious faith like a rented, dusty, ill-fitting tuxedo and immediately tossing it in the garbage when he’s finished with it.


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What Does ‘Cultural Appropriation’ Mean? – The Atlantic

Probably the most articulate, most cogent commentary/exchange I have seen or heard yet, on the subject of cultural appropriation.

It’s a fairly lengthy interview, but well worth it, for the balanced, nuanced, and analytical approach taken by both participants.

“These aren’t genetic issues, they’re cultural issues, so I don’t feel ashamed for any of it,” he said. “I wasn’t there. You weren’t either. And we’re all obligated to use our talents for the good of others, whether our great-grandfather was a Russian immigrant, a slave, or a Southern plantation owner with 5,000 slaves.”

~Richard Rabinowitz, curator at the New-York Historical Society


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Zoroastrianism: “The obscure religion that shaped the West”

There’s – almost – nothing new under the sun, as the saying goes. I wonder by what cognitive process watertight believers account for the fact, borne out by history, that there is very little originality in their belief system of choice?


 

The obscure religion that shaped the West

The Roots of Narcissism | Psychology Today

It’s a constructive exercise to encourage discussion on this, and to allay misconceptions due to NPD apparently being social media’s darling disorder, but I somewhat disagree with this interpretation from author and clinical psychologist, Dr. Seth Meyers. As he establishes early on, the narcissistic personality certainly doesn’t stem from a sense of superiority; that’s just how this maladaptive behaviour presents itself. Continue reading