Category Archives: Social Constructs

On the Misfortune of Being White

PREMISE I have been considering the contents of an article written recently by Father Russell Pollitt of the Jesuit Institute in Johannesburg titled ‘Understanding White Privilege’. In it he puts forward the opinion that white folk are inherently privileged, whether … Continue reading

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A Scourge in Modern Times

When we think of criminal activity and in particular theft, we tend at times to wrongly associate the perpetrators with the indigent in society. Whilst this is true in some instances due to circumstance, it is wrong to generalise in … Continue reading

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In Defence of Men & Women

It would seem to me that man has been on the downward side of certainty since he decided that reason was the sole arbiter of philosophical reflection. The ‘Age of Enlightenment’, initiated in the 17th century, brushed aside the cobwebs … Continue reading

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Stewardship

What a profound word! What does it mean? Where does it apply and to whom does it apply? In our current selfish society, I doubt this word would ever enter the arena of debate, particularly in Southern Africa and yet … Continue reading

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Humanities Inhumanity – a moral outrage!

How dare we refer to ourselves as “humanity”! In so many ways there is absolutely nothing humane about us – we can be so selfish, arrogant and sadistic. “Love one another as I have loved you”, was the final great … Continue reading

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The Sins of the Father

During a book launch held at Stellenbosch University’s Institute for Advanced Study, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu called for a ‘wealth tax’ to be imposed on all white South Africans. Tutu said that the effects of apartheid had left many black … Continue reading

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Religion & the New Social Construct – Part One ‘The New Generation’

Introduction This is the first in a three part series, where I endeavour to look at religion in light of the new social construct. What is this new social construct, what is its relevance to religion and how does religion … Continue reading

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