The top story at the moment is really a video: "The must-watch video on same-sex marriage". Ryan T. Anderson picks apart the argument for same-sex marriage in an engaging lecture at Stanford. Well worth watching.
So it was "no" to Scottish independence after all. According to an update I received today, "In The Times Philip Collins says the referendum shows the death of political activity has been prematurely declared. Argument has been joined and 97 per cent of the Scots have registered to vote. It has been invigorating and exciting in the way British politics rarely is. When there is something real at stake and the people wield real power, they care. They take part. It comes alive."
That sounds about right. Tomorrow I'll be casting my vote in New Zealand's triennial elections, whose outcome is certain to be another coaltion government. The only question is whether it will be on the centre right or centre left -- not very inspiring stuff, despite efforts by certain players to spice the campaign up by revelations about "dirty politics" and spying.
There are really fundamental issues hiding in the background -- marriage, the family, abortion, euthanasia -- things we should fired up about, but as a nation are not. Those of us who do care about these things simply have to do more to make them come alive for people.
The Scots are heading to the polling booths right now. Who would have thought that Scotland could have caused the world so much agitation? Perhaps it is time to read George Friedman's article on the implications of a Yes majority for independence from Westminster, if you haven't already. They are far-reaching.
"I had imagined the Jobs’s household was like a nerd’s paradise: that the walls were giant touch screens, the dining table was made from tiles of iPads and that iPods were handed out to guests like chocolates on a pillow. Nope, Mr. Jobs told me, not even close."
If you want to watch something really, really moving, check out the video on the home page. An elderly man severely handicapped with cerebral palsy has created hundred of works of art using a typewriter. Amazing.
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The promise of global citizenship is as expansive as the rhetoric at the opening of a new session at the UN. Unfortunately, it’s often just as empty. To re-phrase H. Richard Niebuhr, this movement often imagines that citizens without countries will bring humans without a nature into society without culture through laws without foundation."~ Daniel L. Ritchie, in today's article about the global citizenship movement. A very interesting read.
Quote of the day: At 50, everyone has the face he deserves. ~ George Orwell, quoted by Zac Alstin in his article about the late Joan Rivers.
September 10th was World Suicide Prevention Day and we have three articles on this theme, one a personal testimony from MercatorNet contributor Martyn Drakard. The death of Robin Williams has raised the profile of depression, which afflicts a lot of people. We need to understand just how serious an illness it can be and encourage sufferers to seek professional help.
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