How Does Preventing Muslims Entering America Stop Terrorists?

Even if I were to go along with the assumption that there are terrorists sneaking into the U.S. with refugees, does refusing them entrance actually prevent terrorist acts?Denying entrance to a terrorist does not make him cease to exist, obviously. So that terrorist is still being dangerous and violent...somewhere else.That's the real key, isn't it? As long as it's not in America, we're not going to care. *** Or maybe it's that the terrorists only care about attacking Americans? Do we … [Read more...]


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In-Between Not Alive and Alive (the abortion debate)

I am a feminist, a liberal, and pro-choice...and I also think that abortion is morally wrong.A fetus is not alive but it's also not not-alive. It is likely to become alive (although miscarriage is much more common than most people realize). I value this in-between state very highly. If all goes well that not-alive fetus will become a living human and that is a wonderful miracle. Pro-choice means exactly what it sounds like: choices. People seem to have the misconception that we … [Read more...]


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Do Moments of Happiness Matter?

Okay, this is a strange thought and not really applicable to real life but I started wondering about it while observing my baby. He is very present. Whatever he is feeling in one moment consumes him and then the next moment it's something else and whatever came before is gone.Most of the time he is happy and giggling and smiling. Then sometimes, of course, he is crying and upset. And when he's upset I start to wonder if those times of happiness matter at all. Are they stored somewhere in his … [Read more...]


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Degrees of Enlightenment

I've noticed that a lot of stories in movies and TV have the premise that regular life is dull and empty. So many characters are trapped in mundane lives devoid of meaning. People in real life too often suggest that you have to go and do something thrilling and unusual to give your life meaning. Like cooking dinner, signing kids' permission slips, and sitting on the couch watching TV is not enough out of life. And it all seems very strange to me because I find tremendous joy in the regular … [Read more...]


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Most Religions…

I've been running across this phrase a lot recently. "Most religions *blank*" and I think it shows a monotheistic bias.I understand the idea that all religions have come common ideas. I'm on board with the idea that if Truth is universal then people across all places and times have managed to tap into it. (Naturally, I have a bias and I think that Truth is the clearest in Hinduism).Despite this desire that many people have to find commonalities in major religions, I find when they say … [Read more...]


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Words Don’t Have Meanings

I end up in this debate every once in a while. I struggle to understand the purpose of telling people not to use words the way they do.I know there is this idea that the Sanskrit word for something is the real and correct word. But to me a word only means what we agree for it to mean. We all have slightly different connotations but we can build a bridge of understanding with the imperfect words we have. Language is always going to be somewhat imprecise.This post is inspired by someone … [Read more...]


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Prayer in School

There is a lot of misunderstanding about prayer in public schools and I think it's causing undue stress to a lot of people. The truth is kids can pray in school as much as they like. Muslim students can pray in school, Hindu students can pray in school, Christian students can pray in school.What isn't allowed is for teachers and authority figures to lead prayers or support one religion over another.And if you think about it, that's a very good thing. There was an incident several months … [Read more...]


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How Do I Honor The God Within Trump?

I hate to inflate the man's ego, but the fact is Trump has God within him just as much as you and I do.If I were a good Hindu I would be able to see and respect God within his form. What really prevents me is that if I were to give him that respect, wouldn't it be condoning the attitudes and behaviors of his that are deplorable and adharmic?There's a phrase, hate the sin but love the sinner. Usually when people say that, though, they're just using the excuse to be condescending, smug, … [Read more...]


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Poverty v.s. Simplicity

There's a trend these days to try to simplify one's life and it's an urge I can definitely understand. Excess stuff kind of tugs at the soul, for me at least. Clutter in my living space become clutter in my mind, taking up valuable space in both the mental and physical realms. In fact, I find a clutter-free space to be as soothing to the mind as a mandala.However, a friend recently posted an article written by someone who sees yearning for a simpler life as cultural misappropriation of … [Read more...]


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