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Black Panther Review

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I watched this Black Panter this weekend. Believe it or not, I didn't sleep the night before, so I was really tired. No, not in anticipation of this movie, but just because. The point is, I didn't even dose off during the movie for even a second.

This is simply a great movie. Marvel really does it again and best of all, they are not becoming formulaic. I'll comment on the below. Anyways, on to the sectioned review... and of course... Spoilers ahead.


Plot  I really loved the plot of this movie. Basically a king secession tale upon the death of a king. The basic thrust is the Black kingdom of Wakanda has been isolated for a long time. Keeping its wealth and technology to itself. Not in a bad way, just in an isolationist way. There have been rumblings for them to do more, but the Wakandan way has been to keep its way by keeping a low profile. Anyways, the child of a traitor grows up in a ghetto in America; essentially take on a kind of black nationalist persona. He has never…

Liberals Versus Conservative

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I've been reading a lot of literature lately and listening to podcasts. There's this idea that I've read in numerous places, that I thought I'd put to the page so to speak. It concerns the mindset differences between a Liberal and a Conservative. I'll do my best to paraphrase the definition and then I'll talk a bit more about it.

Liberal Someone who looks at the world and takes it all as a given. They see new problems they can solve to improve the world
Conservative Someone who looks at the world and has appreciates all the accomplishment. They move cautiously with change in fear of destroying what already exists.


Looking at any issue, both ways of thinking are needed. I'll work through a few examples just to give it a bit more of a concrete basis.

Birth Control Liberal A Liberal looks at Birth Control and sees things that can be improved. More sexual freedom for women. Less unwanted pregnancies.

Conservative A conservative looks at Birth Control wonder ho…

Mythological Truth

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Mythological Truth A Myth that if you think it is true, you are likely to have a better life I can't recall exactly where I heard the term Mythological Truth. I'd venture to guess somewhere in my wondering around Jordan Peterson or Sam Harris' world. Yet, it stuck with me. We can lump most religion into the idea of Mythological truth.

One aspect I want to explore is the difference between Mythological Truth and say life guidance. Let's start with a straight forward example.

Suppose you read a self-help book that advised you stay away from alcohol because it has bad health impacts and can impair your judgment leading to bad decisions. This would be life guidance.

Alternatively, you could have a holy book that said that drinking alcohol is a sin and that is a path to eternal hell fire. This would be mythological truth.

It can even be something more obscure. As a child for example, we were taught not to go outside at sunset as that is when the Jhin's (Islamic Spirits…

They don't like us because we're poor - Excuse

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When we immigrated to Canada, we were a working class family. Within our community, we were perhaps on the poorer side. That community being the Indian South African community. It's not a well known community, but perhaps it is comparable to the Hong Kong community in Toronto. Typically viewed as upper middle class and professionals.

I recall growing up my parents always complaining that people don't like us because we are 'poor.' It took me much time growing up, but eventually I realized that blaming it on us being 'poor' was just an excuse in general. Could some people truly be elitist? Most definitely. Yet, I would not categorize that as the majority. I saw other families who were not as wealthy getting along. In my own life as I grew up in Canada, I saw a lot my friends in Brampton growing up with very diverse levels of wealth. Money just wasn't as big a barrier as it was made out to be in my youth.

So it wasn't that the rich South Africans didn…

Rationale of Traditional Customs

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As a modern person of Indian origin, I often used to think negatively on many of the 'negative' cultural practices. By negative, I meant things that appeared oppressive when viewed from a Western perspective. These are all the things you'll see Indians even joke or discuss among themselves.

In any case, due to some life choices, I've found myself interacting with a lot of the traditional culture. In many ways, I've come to see much rationale for many of the customs. Overall, I still disagree with most of it as a whole. Yet, if you're in the situation, the rationale fits within the system. I'll work through a view of the cultural issues and then discuss how they make sense within the cultural context.


The 'Evil' Mother-in-law It is such a common theme for Indian brides to worry about their mother-in-law. Heck, it even makes the Western papers.
https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2014/02/17/why_tensions_are_soaring_in_mother_inlaw_india.html

For those …

Spoiler Review: Justice League and Thor Ragnarok

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So I've seen both Justice League and Thor Ragnarok recently and it's strange how these movies stack up.

Acting Both these movies offer pretty good acting for Super Hero action films. There's nothing spectacular, but no big flaws either. This was especially true of Justice League, where I had my doubts due to the number of characters being introduced, but they casted them all well.

Action The action and CGI in both moves is spectacular. I'd actually give the upper hand to Justice League here. The action sequences simply look amazing. Some of the slow motion, flash and superman scenes are particularly well done.

Humor Both movies try to play on some humor and they hit the notes quite well. In going with the more fun theme, I'd say Thor had a few more laughs. Though the humor was well placed in Justice League.

Plot Now the plot is where these movies really diverge. It's a very strange thing as well. DC has tried to play on the more and dark and serious tone. Whic…

Tribalism

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I've had some thoughts about tribalism lately and I've blogged about it a few times. I've been meaning to do a general blog about tribalism trying to tie in all my thoughts. Then I came across this great article that really summarizes tribalism.

http://slatestarcodex.com/2016/04/04/the-ideology-is-not-the-movement/

There's a reason I chose a fairly neutral topic picture when talking about tribalism. I did not choose an angry mob with pitch forks. I did not choose an African tribe. I did not show the KKK. I simply showed groups of people with division. That's really all tribes are. All the values and differences people like to talk about are generally not the issue.

Pure Tribalism I recall my first true understanding of tribalism when I went paint balling. I went to high school with a lot of Punjabi Sikhs. My friend and I were Muslim. Anyways, we got invited to go a paintball event with the Punjabi Sikhs. So we go as friends. Anyways, there were a lot of pretty trad…