Taking it a bit easier these days

Canadian by birth, I live in Jakarta Indonesia and spend virtually all my time in the equatorial parts of the world, particularly Southeast Asia.

I'm a professional social and political commentator as well as a university lecturer in philosophy and communications, and such business related areas as overlap with them. I work as an independent consultant in the same areas and seem to be specialising in CSR these days.

I was interested in discussions related to religion, culture, morality, and society. I have however realised that this is not a suitable forum for intelligent discussion on those subjects (or, perhaps any subject).

While there are some articulate, thoughtful posters out there(Edward the Bonobo comes to mind), they are outnumbered by people with agendas and egos entirely out of proportion to their brainpower. Unfortunately, the threads end up being hijacked by those individuals.

The threads degenerate into a soapbox for the polemical views of people who are not interested in discussion, but only in pounding their points of view into others. There is no tacit agreement to observe conventions of conversational courtesy or even basic honesty. Bigotry and vicious personal attacks supported by outright lying becomes commonplace

They are clearly here simply because they are boring, average, mundane, hollow men and women in the real world, so they try to create interesting personas for themselves on this site. Unfortunately they just come across as silly at best and as intolerant, ignorant, stupid, vicious, hateridden at worst.

Perhaps judicious selection of threads can mitigate that.


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