Tagged: religion

The Principle of Sufficient Reason

In the 2008 film The Dark Knight, audiences were treated to one of acting’s greatest spectacles – Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker. Throughout the film we are asked to ponder: why does he do what he does? who is he? what is the reason? Alfred – Batman’s butler – suggests that some men just want to watch the world burn. While the Joker describes himself as a mad dog – he doesn’t think,...

Shame-less by Nadia Bolz-Weber

(nonfiction) #takeawaykeys If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive. Brené Brown, Daring Greatly Alert! Long post, if you can’t read it now, save for later! This book is for women who are almost-enough, who are struggling every day of their lives to be perfect, to deliver the image of the good mother, sexual goddess, ideal companion, and out-of-this-world-body. This book...

Book Review. The Lost Man, by Jane Harper

The great Australian poet Oodgeroo Noonuccal (or Kath Walker) turns 100 years this November. I’ve been thinking a lot about what she once said while reading Jane Harper’s novel The Lost Man. Kath Walker said, “Let no-one say the past is dead, the past is all about us and within.” What she means is that our past always affects our future. We are what we see, how we feel when we...

The Concept of Nothing

written by Aaaron Boluwatife Nothing, as used in everyday speech, means the absence of something. For example, “There is nothing in my pocket” 👇🙀! In this post though, I will not be talking about “nothing” as the absence of something, but as the absence of everything. Everything you know… including yourself. You’ve always imagined what this world will be without you in it, right? Now imagine the world without anything in it....

Africa’s warriors: women in folklore

Written by Nathaniel Postell Women are warriors! A fact that becomes abundantly clear by studying African legends and folklore. These fiercely independent women help shape the world, inspiring countless interpretations, even presenting themselves in recent pop-culture. The wildly successful Marvel Studios movie Black Panther features a group of gifted women warriors inspired by the Dahomey Amazons – an all-female military group that proudly defended their boarders up until the 19th century....

Hagia Sophia – Christ Pantocrator & Co

Research about Hagia Sophia, Istanbul (for my upcoming thriller book)  Built and rebuilt upon countless tragedies, with materials from iconic structures, claimed to have healing and cleansing properties, the Hagia Sophia mystifies the masses to this day. Religious undercurrent, unshakeable construction, this Byzantine behemoth rose like a phoenix from the ashes of its predecessor. Cloaked in a veil of inexplicable mystery, the Hagia Sophia’s resilience is more than good fortune...

When we say ‘I’…what do we really mean?

When there’s no more room in hell – the dead will walk the earth. George A. Romero This evening I’m going to post the review of the book ‘Homo Deus’, Yuval Noah Harari. If you think the review is already written – you don’t know Ray well. When Rays says: ‘I’m on it!’ – that means she’s busy with doing absolutely nothing or anything else, because she’s definitely not writing...