Monday, October 31, 2011

The Infidel's Guide To Islam (3 of 3) — Islamic Governance

According to Islamic law, freedom and democracy are punishable vices.


Xenocrates


Sharia Law is notoriously brutal.
As Islam exploded across North Africa and Southern Europe, engulfing the Byzantine Empire to the west and the Arabian peninsula to the east, it became entrenched in several sovereign states in these regions, retaining much of the primitive ideologies of the day, which includes systems of governance and law—the latter of which is notorious for its misogyny and brutality.

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Infidel's Guide to Islam (2 of 3) — The Anatomy of Jihad

According to the Qur'an, there's no such thing as a Muslim Extremist.

Xenocrates

This is the true intention of Islam. Anything else is a pacifist lie.

I've always wondered if Muhammad were still alive, if he would have wept over what all these modern day Islamic governments have done to their people and how they may have misread, misinterpreted or utterly misconstrued his teachings. He originally set out to unify all of Arabia. They in turn invented Sharia law and justification for flying commercial jets into office buildings. Now western governments have tried to appease Islamic moderates by suggesting that Islam has no political agenda. Take a long hard look at the picture above. This is far from the truth.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Infidel's Guide to Islam (1 of 3) — Muhammad's Legacy

People tend to get angry when they find themselves struggling to defend the indefensible.



Xenocrates
Islam — inexplicably, the fastest growing religion in the world.
Islam evolved out of response to the threat of certain implosion of the Arabic cultures due to tribal warfare. Sadly, in attempt to become a religion of peace, the founder of the faith, the prophet Muhammad, made a terrible mistake that has reverberated to this very day. It was a blunder so profound that the fact that western cultures can't think of Islam without thinking about crimes against humanity, is a testament to the fact that the term "religion of peace" is either a tragic misnomer or a monumental non sequitur that mocks every one of its adherents.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Why Prayer Doesn't Work (Part 2 of 2) — Gambling on Fate

Prayer has the same statistical effectiveness as gambling.


Xenocrates

If you're a believer from one of the major monotheistic religions, then the function of prayer is actually unnecessary (even if you are a devout believer). This is because if your religion is monotheistic, then chances are that you might also believe that your god is a supreme being, possessing all the power and knowledge in the universe. If so, then you don't need to pray.

Here's why:

Why Prayer Doesn't Work (Part 1 of 2) — Ridiculous Rituals

Asking God for forgiveness is like apologizing for the way he made you.


Xenocrates



Did you pray today? Do you have a personal relationship with God? Have you completed your 5 daily prayers while facing Mecca? Did you repeat the requisite number of Hail Mary's as was recommended by your priest to atone for your sins? If so, after reading this post, you can put an end to that. I'm going to aptly demonstrate why it is not necessary to pray about anything.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Relationship Addiction (Part 2 of 2) — Why you shouldn't get married

Some people desire marriage for all the same reasons dogs chase cars.


Xenocrates

A happily married couple — as delightful as this looks, marriage is not for everyone.
One of the biggest lies propagated in western society is that everyone should be in love with somebody and that love is universally accessible. Nobody tells you however that love has a set of very specific requirements. Some people do not have these qualities in their personality by default and will probably never develop them. Some people should stay single. They are just not mature enough to identify themselves—and that's precisely where this post comes in.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Relationship Addiction (Part 1 of 2) — Love by any means

Settling for someone less than you deserve makes for two unhappy people instead of one.

Xenocrates
Most people want to get to this state. The trouble is, some people don't care how.

I've heard many people complain about their unsatisfactory relationships, only to see them break up and start another one just like it. What's the reasoning for this? Wouldn't it make more sense to learn from the past? As it turns out, that is not the problem. Most people would much rather to be in a relationship than be in love. They are relationship addicts — slaves to the want of being desired at any risk. The addiction has now reached pandemic proportions.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Enigma of Life (Part 2 of 2) — The Meaning of Life

Human lives are no more significant in the grand scheme of the universe than the lives of cockroaches on the same scale of magnitude.


Xenocrates

Humanity and all life enveloped by it, is a by product of a cosmic matter engine. — Image by Jamie Beck
When you think about the complexity of life on this planet, our first instinct is to think that the meaning of our lives extends from the complexity inherent in life as we know it. The truth is that wherever life exists in the universe, irrespective of its complexity, the purpose of that life is exactly the same. There is no greater relativistic significance that is attributable to humanity.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Enigma of Life (Part 1 of 2) — What is life?

...life is a miracle of astronomical mathematical improbability.


Xenocrates
The transitional beauty of life from land to sea as juxtaposed against the epitome of a seashore owes more to a natural phenomena than a mythological inexplicability. — Image Credit: Kert Gartner, 2011

In response to my previous post, someone had asked me in person: "If god was invented by humans to satisfy the need to worship something, then what is the meaning of life?" The very question is based on the premise that one needs a god to give life meaning (or that having a god would make life more meaningful). It's like saying that tooth fairies make losing a tooth more meaningful or that storks make childbirth more miraculous. We know what the meaning of life is. Just like losing a tooth and the miracle of childbirth, the meaning lies in our biology.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Deus ex Machina: How man created God

God is nothing more than a machination of human narcissism.

Xenocrates
This is what really happened — not the other way around.
 
Have you ever wondered why is it that humans refer to God using male pronouns? Why does God seem to have the emotions of a jealous boyfriend with insecurities? If we are guided by God's "hand", then does it mean that he also has feet? Why is it that our God speaks in old English? Why is it that every portrait of Jesus we know of make him look like a white skinned blue eyed homosexual? If the universe is so large, why would God love just us as opposed to some alien civilization? The answer to these questions is the same: Because we made god up.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Slippery Grip of Justice

Justice is an ideal that sometimes sacrifices itself in the name of fairness by freeing the guilty to preserve the innocent.


Xenocrates

Casey Anthony (center) on trial for the murder of her daughter.

It's 1:15 pm. In a tense courtroom in Orange County, Florida, Judge Belvin Perry very calmly reviews the verdict handed down by a jury. It is the case of Casey Anthony; a young woman charged with murdering her daughter. The judge dispassionately passes the verdict on to his clerk with a stern command to read it aloud. Shockingly, the verdict is that she is not guilty. How is this possible? Is this a failure of the justice system? No it is not, and I will tell you why:

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Transformers 3: Why Dumb Movies Make Money

The business of entertainment will always supersede the necessity for art.


Xenocrates

I am a huge Transformers fan. I've been a fan of the franchise since 1984. I am however, an even bigger fan of movies. The medium is perhaps the most difficult to master with respect to telling a great story since so much visualization is involved. However, most people who go to see movies these days have less interest in the story telling than the gorgeous visuals. This is why Michael Bay could make a bombastic, disjointed, mess that would still rake in millions.

It's a sign of the slow commercial bludgeoning of the medium.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Truth About Happiness (3 of 3)

Happiness is a state of being — not a state of mind.

Xenocrates

Have you ever ran into one of those people when you were feeling down who insisted that you could just magically pull yourself up out of your depression and just feel happy? Have you ever looked on with envy at one of those people who always seemed to be in a chipper mood only to have them pass on one of their secrets to happiness to you in a very condescending way? Well you should probably know that most of those people are rather shameless frauds.

Here's why:

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Truth About Happiness (2 of 3)

Defining your happiness on the success of romance is not very different from doing so based on the availability of cocaine.

Xenocrates
Love is simultaneously the greatest cause of happiness and the worst kind of sadness.

Love, religion and freedom are often regarded as the hallmarks of true happiness. If that were true, then why is it that there are so many people in love who are unhappy? Why are so many religions experiencing such attrition in young people? Why is it that nations that have overthrown their oppressive governments aren't exactly happy with their hard won freedom?

I explore these fallacies of happiness in greater detail.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Truth About Happiness (1 of 3)

Happiness is a conceptual ideal, not a perceptible reality.

Xenocrates

Are you happy? Do you even know what happiness is? Most people have absolutely no idea what it means to be happy. In fact, there are several fundamental flaws in how we collectively perceive happiness, and that's why we all tend to be miserable most of the time. While I was reviewing the topic of suicide, I inadvertently discovered something curious about happiness.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Love is a Drug

Love is a powerful narcotic with devastatingly addictive properties.

- Xenocrates
Have you ever been in love? Are you in love right now? What's the craziest thing you wouldn't do for the person you love? If you can think of more than three of them, then you probably aren't in love. You are probably experiencing a deep emotional affection heavily tempered by rationality. That's the right place to be, because when you're in love with someone, it is easier to have died a thousand deaths than to let go of that warm, infuriatingly intoxicating feeling.

Whatever you do, don't fall in love before you read this.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Tough Questions Christians Fear

One who has tough questions should never ask them of those who fear the answers.

Xenocrates
Taking my elders to task on tough Bible questions.
Have you ever had one of those moments growing up when you were presented with an idea that you immediately accepted, but deep in the recesses of your mind, something didn't add up? That was my entire childhood really. That's basically how I grew up with religion. This post is for all the younger folks out there who have questions they are either afraid to ask or were given circular, useless answers. Read on to see what all your church elders were so afraid of.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

How to ruin your life with Facebook

The key difference between fools and sages is restraint not intellect.

Xenocrates
Do you have a Facebook account? Well congratulations. You're one step closer to being a public asset. Facebook is the single most popular social networking online portal in the world. Now with over 500 million subscribers, it has probably enumerated the large majority of the world's computer literate population and that is precisely why it is so incredibly dangerous.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Underrated Black Woman

...a beautiful woman is often a happy woman, even though happy women are rarely beautiful.

Xenocrates


You’re pretty – for a black girl”. This is back handed a compliment I hear all too often in the black community. Apparently it’s not good enough to just be a pretty girl, since being black seems to make the whole idea an oxymoron. The expression automatically implies that black girls do not carry the genetic capacity to be pretty. It suggests that in the hierarchy of beauty, black women rank dead last. Is this even remotely true? Are black women intrinsically ugly? There is hypocrisy at work here, and not surprisingly, it isn't being largely propagated by men.

Monday, April 25, 2011

The Science of Beauty (Part 2 of 2)

Nature is not exactly modest about playing favourites.

Xenocrates


There are a lot of misconceptions about beauty. Many were propagated by people who are not beautiful, which is not surprising. The human mind is such that it is hard wired to develop the propensity to level the playing field — if only in one's mind. This function of the mind is the same function that would cause a drowning man to cling to a straw. As such, the following misconceptions were all produced by people who misunderstand beauty and (in most cases) come up with misconceptions that allow them to feel less cheated by randomness of nature:

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Science of Beauty (Part 1 of 2)

While beauty may be skin deep, 'pretty' is still a very compelling argument.

Xenocrates
What is beauty? How do we know when someone is beautiful? Is beauty really in the eyes of the beholder? Is it specific to individual preference? Is beauty something culturally indigenous? Is one race naturally more beautiful than another? Are beautiful people better than the rest of us? Are beautiful people naturally shallow? Is there a scientific basis for determining beauty?

These are all valid questions that most people tend to make incorrect assumptions about. The answers may surprise you (as they did me). As actually it turns out, a lot of the things that are commonly associated with beauty are largely based on bias and a lack of understanding of the factors that can make someone beautiful. In this post, I explore all of these in great detail. So whether you are beautiful or aesthetically challenged, you may find this post of great interest.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Do Black Men Prefer White Women?

While everyone is entitled to their preferences, true love has no colour.

Xenocrates

In the film Obsessed (2009), a deranged white woman (played by Ali Larter) comes on rather strongly to a powerful black executive (played by Idris Elba). Thereafter, the film becomes a setup for the ultimate cat fight between the white woman and the black man's wife (played by Beyoncé Knowles). The plot is a reverse of the "black man pursues white woman" stereotype.

While it is obvious that the film's ludicrous plot is nothing more than a visualization of the revenge fantasy of every black woman who has ever lost a lover to a white woman, it does beg the question: Do black men prefer white women? Is there any truth to this stereotype? I explore this, and other related issues in this thought provoking piece on sex and racial politics.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Why Life is not fair

If survival is only for the fittest then all men weren't created equal.

- Xenocrates
Survival is only for the fittest. No exceptions.

Life is all about survival. Survival is all about competition. There would be no point to there being a competition if we all were made exactly identical to each other. We may all be of the same general design, but where the environment is concerned, some of us are much better implemented than others. That's why only the fittest will survive while even the fit, will perish.

Why Women Play Games

Women use men to validate their sexuality while men use women to satiate theirs.


— Xenocrates
She's having more fun than they think they are.
There are many situations I've heard of where guys complain that romance often feels like a game of sorts. Why can't a guy simply approach a woman and indicate his intentions without having to jump through hoops and play these silly (perhaps even childish) mind games? Of a truth, women do appear to play needless mind games, but who says you have to play along?