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Notes on Prejudice | by Isaiah Berlin
Few things have done more harm than the belief on the part of individuals or groups (or tribes or states or nations or churches) that he or she or they are in sole possession of the truth: especially about how to live, what to be & do—& that those who differ from them are not merely mistaken, but wicked or mad: & need restraining or suppressing. It is a terrible and dangerous arrogance to believe that you alone are right: have a magical eye which sees the truth: & that others cannot be right if they disagree.
culture  observation  quotes  politics  perception 
8 days ago by amaah
Kwame Antony Appiah - Social Identities and the Good Life
Kwame Antony Appiah came to Austin to give a lecture on Social Identities and the Good Life at the University of Texas Austin
Ghana  Africa  philosophy  ethics  culture  identity  observation  perception  politics  thinking 
18 days ago by amaah
Melania Trump in Africa: Can she become a fashion ambassador for Ghana?
empty gestures...
"All the people in the photos with First Lady Pat Nixon were either in jail, or in hiding or certainly not in good standing with the new authorities - and none of the things she had come to praise Ghana for were still in operation. "
Ghana  culture  Africa  trump  observation  humour  mum  history  coup  Politics 
5 weeks ago by amaah
Resist, Refuse
Teju Cole is almost there: "refuse nostalgia" rather than resist nostalgia
culture  observation  nostalgia  resistance  perception  usa  politics 
10 weeks ago by amaah
Why Ghanaians are so slow to bury their dead
I am blaming the Ghanaian funeral madness on refrigeration.

Without fridges, we would not be able to keep bodies for the ludicrously long periods we currently do.
Ghana  Culture  funerals  observation  mum  perception  Africa 
may 2018 by amaah
Comfort Measures
Dying is not peaceful; dying is hard fucking work. Dying is active. We leave this world with the same movement as we came into it, and just as there’s no wrong way to be born — as the hospice nurse told us — there’s no wrong way to die. There’s only the struggle of getting there. There are only varying levels of comfort and fear. There is only the time it takes to do it. There is what you leave behind, and who you leave it with.
death  family  memory  obituary  culture  observation  grief  perception  health  mourning 
march 2018 by amaah
Chasing Tails
They didn’t elect a leader of a nation. They elected vengeance and cruelty, they elected bullying and cowardice. They broke faith with democracy and justice and fairness. They stopped believing they had any responsibility to anyone and anything besides personal gratification. They stopped doing the work of citizens and neighbors. I don’t care what you think has been done to you, or what you fear. I don’t care what you think you’re losing or have lost. In any human vision of moral life, in all of them, to answer insult or loss thus is to commit evil. The burden on us, whenever–if ever–this comes to an end, will be not to respond in kind. And yet, if power passes around again, all I know is I want an end to this accursed cycle, whatever it takes.
pessimism  culture  Buyer'sRemorse  observation  politics  usa  cruelty  race  democracy 
september 2017 by amaah
Waugh on the Merits
on the greatest prose stylist this side of Nabokov
Literature  review  appreciation  culture  Language  observation  religion  perception  style 
september 2017 by amaah
Functional Defenestration
on editorial genuflections in the internet age and the importance of satire
SmallThings  web  attention  capitalism  values  commerce  satire  commons  communities  culture  observation  groups  hustle  marketing  media  rant  whimsy  perception  DarkMatter  toli 
september 2017 by amaah
Under Western Eyes, by John Gray
Most human beings, most of the time, care about other things more than they care about being free. Many will vote readily for an illiberal government if it promises security against violence or hardship, protects a way of life to which they are attached, and denies freedom to people they hate.
culture  observation  politics  usa  perception  democracy  ObserversAreWorried 
september 2017 by amaah
In Praise of Idleness, by Bertrand Russell
capitalisms and labour

A system which lasted so long and ended so recently has naturally left a profound impression upon men’s thoughts and opinions. Much that we take for granted about the desirability of work is derived from this system and, being pre-industrial, is not adapted to the modern world. Modern technic has made it possible for leisure, within limits, to be not the prerogative of small privileged classes, but a right evenly distributed throughout the community. The morality of work is the morality of slaves, and the modern world has no need of slavery.
idleness  work  labour  culture  Economics  appreciation  humanfactors  History  perception  observation 
september 2017 by amaah
This Hell Not Mine
On Moving from Nigeria to America by Kenechi Uzor
Nigeria  Africa  USA  immigration  Writing  Literature  Culture  observation  perception  race 
july 2017 by amaah
The Loneliness of Donald Trump
The man in the white house sits, naked and obscene, a pustule of ego, in the harsh light, a man whose grasp exceeded his understanding, because his understanding was dulled by indulgence. He must know somewhere below the surface he skates on that he has destroyed his image, and like Dorian Gray before him, will be devoured by his own corrosion in due time too. One way or another this will kill him, though he may drag down millions with him. One way or another, he knows he has stepped off a cliff, pronounced himself king of the air, and is in freefall. Another dungheap awaits his landing; the dung is all his; when he plunges into it he will be, at last, a self-made man.
satire  hatchetjob  culture  trump  politics  power  rogues  observation  perception  tyrants  usa  democracy 
june 2017 by amaah
Look back with danger
Why nostalgia is not what it used to be
nostalgia  culture  observation  perception 
may 2017 by amaah
An African Leader Bestiary
"When you are surrounded by vultures, try not to die" - Ivorian proverb.
hatchet  job  Africa  dictator  rogues  culture  politics  power  strategy  Nigeria  Ghana  Cameroon  observation  perception  history  toli  hatchetjob 
march 2017 by amaah
Green Beer and Rank Hypocrisy
"It is like having your chastity praised by a brothel keeper, or your temperance and thrift eulogized by a drunken sailor." - Fintan O'Toole
zingers  ireland  usa  immigration  hypocrisy  politics  culture  observation  history  perception  race  discrimination 
march 2017 by amaah
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