Events of recent months contributed to a discussion between myself, Rod Fleming, and Karis Burkowski. Karis carried out the role of editor and eventually co-author of our book ‘Why Men Made God’. In reviewing the book for a second edition, we encountered several points of discussion that highlight the difference between enlightened culture and regressive-left Snowflake Culture. I thought our discussion was worth sharing.
Karis Burkowski (KB): The climate catastrophe is inevitable, but can still be somewhat ameliorated. How our cultures rebuild themselves in a post-catastrophe world is a valuable discussion…Self-serving cults, particularly those with medieval attitudes, must not be allowed to gain ascendancy. We must change as a species, like we did post-Toba, and do better next time.
You mentioned that the friends of atheists are Christians. That may be so in Europe, but it is far from true over here. Atheists are still ‘closeted’ in many parts of the US and for good reason…The antithesis of Islam is not Christianity, it is secularism. Both groups would destroy atheists if they could. Continue reading Enlightened Culture versus Snowflake Culture→
When we were doing the research for Why Men Made God I kept coming across cultures where non-binary gender or sexual models were normal. We discussed a few such as the Zoé, the Mosuo and the Toraja but in the end time ran out and we could not add more although, as is so often the case, more and more keep turning up!
Why Men Made God is not all about gender or sexuality by any means but these examples are evidence that the binary, which the patriarchy puts forward as the only possible social model, is far from being so. They are valuable because they show us how we might move towards a more inclusive and mutually respectful society that values everyone as equals and accepts our duty of care for our planet.
Our present culture must either transform itself, now, and make the changes required for a soft, or at least softer collision with the buffers of climate change, or face the consequences of centuries of unbridled consumption and pollution in a global social catastrophe that will, without question, force radical change. This latter will be extremely painful.
We still have time to choose, if we move quickly, but the window of opportunity is narrow and closing fast.
This details the five genders of the Bugis people of Indonesia. While Indonesia is a Muslim country with shariaa, there exists a long-established, widespread and respected tradition of tribal adat. These are pre-Muslim religious beliefs and customs. Within Indonesia they are tolerated, although, as ever, the rise of Islamic extremism over the last 15 years is now calling this into question. Continue reading Five Genders – The Bugis of Indonesia→