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May 2nd, 2013

philosophical memry

Originally published at Faith Seeking Understanding. You can comment here or there.

Thanks to the magic of FB, I have now discovered two memes that could steal the rest of the night from me:

 

Scumbag Analytic philosopher

And because turn-about’s fair play, Scumbag Continental Philosopher:

I’m not sure how many people will get this because it’s all jargony, but it’s a glimpse into my own bizarre sense of humor if nothing else…

Originally published at Faith Seeking Understanding. You can comment here or there.

My deep thought of the day:

So Jason Collins (current center for the Washington Wizards) came out as a homosexual. I support individuals being honest about important parts of their identity, and I especially support *famous* people doing this because it gives gay kids a role model. When you treat heterosexuality as the norm –not just in the sense that most people are heterosexuals, but in the sense that if you’re not, there’s something not quite right about you– role models like this can go a deep way.

What bothers me is this: I’m not a huge basketball fan so maybe I’m wrong here, but… Jason Collins isn’t exactly a big-name star, is he? I never heard about him before this. His sexuality is all I know about him. And that makes me a little concerned he might be turned into another Tim Tebow: an athlete who’s less known for his athletic skills than than because he represents some group of people. I mean, he seems pretty good and he definitely works hard, but he’s also no Troy Aikman. The fact that this is the best example I can come up with might tell you how little I follow American football – yet even I know Tebow’s name, because of the way he’s presented as one of evangelical Christianity’s “tribe.” He’s the Christian football player, and I suspect it’s the Christianity more than the football that makes him so well-known.

I don’t know Tebow’s heart. Or Collins’s, for that matter. I’m really not saying either of them are trying to milk a certain identity as a way to get themselves noticed. But with Tebow, it always seemed a bit off, that he presented himself the way he did. People have a right to their faith even if they’re famous, but it seems to debase religion when you say that sharing the same religious community as me means I should pay more attention to an athlete than I would otherwise. It risks turning religion into a means rather than an end. I guess that’s what worries me with the reaction I’ve seen to Mr. Colins. On the one hand you want to congratulate him for this act of bravery (as a pro athlete and even as an Afro-American, it really is brave to come out). And you want to give him media attention so his coming out can actually do some good. But on the other hand, I wonder if this kind of reaction commodifies his sexuality.

I’m not sure how to react to situations like this, but it’s definitely given me pause.

May. 2nd, 2013

Originally published at Faith Seeking Understanding. You can comment here or there.

Here I am slaving away on this exact same problem (c.f. dissertation Ch. 3), and David Hayward went and beat me to it.

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  • 5 Dec 2020, 12:53
    PM me your address. I have a card set aside for you, but need name and address to get it going.

    - Erulisse (one L)
  • 5 Dec 2020, 12:04
    What a lovely idea!
  • 4 Dec 2020, 17:56
    Mmmm, ginger snapses!
  • 4 Dec 2020, 17:37
    I don't send out cards anymore, but I was drooling over all the pop-up ones Amazon had and wondering if it might not be time to resume the tradition (I decided no).

    Not much help in the Hallmark…
  • 25 Nov 2020, 14:52
    That's great! Happy Thanksgiving to you and thanks for the marching, musical cats. LOL

    - Erulisse (one L)
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