Loyalty in the modern world

Two articles recently really got me thinking on the modern world's view on loyalty.

A women who went to fight for ISIS wants to come back to CanadaA rich British man relocating to Monaco to avoid taxation  Neither of these are really unique situations, but they stuck out. The rich British man could be seen as any major business person or corporation not seen as loyal to their country. The ISIS fighter who wants to return to Canada could be anyone who isn't loyal to the basis of their nation.

So many people have a deep desire for loyalty. I can't deny a kind of visceral reaction on my part, especially to the ISIS folks. You want to go out there and fight for ISIS and then come back to Canada like nothing happened? There was time being a traitor would be punishable by death. The part I found crazy was there are even Canadians fighting for them to return. Now I get a lot of the complexity around children being innocent, but this women chose to go down that road. Heck in WW2, …

Basic Income - Duh?

I was at the Optometrists office earlier this week and the new ticker flashed some news about Finland's basic income experiment. Basically, people were happier, but they didn't go out there and work.

Everyone just wanted to say a giant big 'duh'. What's funny is just how much this is news. Since when is the obvious 'news'? Now don't get me wrong, sometimes science is counter to what you expect and that would be interesting news.

It just felt like a symptom of our time to have this headline flash through the screen and have actual news anchors and pundits discussing it. Like really? What did you expect to happen. Giving people free money would make them go out and work? It's like we're going to rediscover all the ancient wisdom in our lives all over again. It's like we've completely forgotten human nature as a collective society and we now need to run social experiments on entire societies to…

Canada Polygamy


This popped up in my news feed today. Basically it talks about Polygamy in the Muslim Community in Canada.

Morality of Polygamy I'm not going to spend a lot of time on the morality of polygamy. It's some that is part of Islam and perhaps more importantly, a part of the culture and many other cultures. I don't particularly have any moral claims against it. If that's how people want to live, more power to them. About my only moral caution would be if Polygamy involves young children as they may not have a conscious say in the matter. But that would apply in general to marriage. I would also have a moral caution as it relates to a marriage based on an understanding of a singular marriage, which then has it's rules changed.

Beyond that, I don't really see how any can really have a moral position against consensual polygamy. We live in world where the sanctity of monogamous marriage is just …

Shirk of Christmas - Division

This popped up on my Google news feed today.

Essentially it is about an Islamic preacher in Canada teaching that saying 'Merry Christmas' is worse than murder and it is causing some waves.

It is Accurate I'm not going to spend time debating on what he said. I can only say that it is what I was taught and what most reasonably orthodox Sunni Muslims are taught. Shirk; believing/associating with another God, is the greatest Sin in Islam. The basic reason is that all sins, except Shirk are forgivable.
Indeed, Allah does not forgive association with Him, but He forgives what is less than that for whom He wills. And he who associates others with Allah has certainly fabricated a tremendous sin

I'm not going to spend too much on this. It's just plain as day through the Koran, the Hadith, and general Islamic teaching tha…

The Missing Upper Class

I had an at length discussion this past weekend with someone who was curious on why some racial/ethnic groups continue to suffer. One thread that we talked about that I found interesting was some notion of culture provided a path towards being 'better'. Which then led us down a discussion on some concept of your 'betters' who hold a 'better' position in society.

I find it really difficult to conjure up the words to describe some of what we talked about it without making me cringe a bit, but I'll try anyways.

The most problematic communities that you see in almost any society tend to have one thing in common. They lack an upper leadership class. If we look at the North American example, Aboriginals and African Americans tend to suffer from this. There just isn't a black or Aboriginal upper class that leads their group and provides a path towards a better position. There are definitely individual rich and upper class people, but not enough to generate wh…

Do People Take Climate Change Seriously?


It seems we have been hearing of the horrors of climate change for so long now. Apocalyptic talk of the destruction of our planet. Yet, I really do wonder if people take it seriously. I just don't see from either end of the political spectrum. I've always been a big believer in judging by actions. The older I get, the wiser my younger instincts seem.

There is no doubt that there are near infinite needs in any society. Healthcare, education, poverty, military, science, space exploration, agriculture, arts, culture, news, trade, the environment, mental health, security; the list could go on and on and on. We can choose to direct the resources of society to any area. How a society chooses to direct it's resources really determines it's seriousness.

To put it in perspectives. When WWII occur…