What socially relevant causes do you care about? List your role models

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What socially relevant causes do you care about? List your role models

Unread postby Russian Doll » 16 February 2016, 11:32

We sometimes get caught up in our own lives and situations. Here I thought it would be cool to discuss matters that go beyond our lives as individuals, what causes and people have really inspired you? Or maybe acted as a catalyst for change in your life.

Anything from LGBT rights, freedom of information, social justice, feminism to political ideology. Share your passions or find new ones in the passions of others.

For me:

My favourite current political speaker, Aung Su kyi - political activist and representative of the democratic party of Burma.

Aaron Schwartz: martyr for freedom of expression and anti censorship across multimedia platforms.

Bradley Manning and his stance against state lies. This goes hand in hand with Snowdon and Jullian Assange.

Spiritual leader: we can all agree on Gandhi being a figurehead here.

And all those of the intelligentsia movement and philosophers who took up the mantel to guide nations with a genttle hand, both spiritually, politically and academically, even if it ment their downfall.

Socrates, Martin luther, Nietzsche, William Penn, Descartes. Malcom X...There are too many for me to list!
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Unread postby Marmaduke » 16 February 2016, 11:38

The internet needs no more 'discussions' on social justice or feminism. Let's strike those options through.
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Unread postby Russian Doll » 16 February 2016, 11:51

Ohh meoowwww....You my fat cat are just he expert on the interwebs that I was hoping for. ;)

The purpose is more about discussing our passions with each other.. Not what should or shouldnt be omitted.
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Unread postby poolerboy0077 » 17 February 2016, 23:03

Marmaduke wrote:The internet needs no more 'discussions' on social justice or feminism. Let's strike those options through.

Hold that thought. Let me go get Muspelli so he can give us his input.
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Unread postby Sullivan » 17 February 2016, 23:19

I've always thought Ghandi was a bit overrated, personally.
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Unread postby Derek » 18 February 2016, 01:55

Pooler has been my only role model for as long as I can remember.
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Unread postby poolerboy0077 » 18 February 2016, 02:54

Derek wrote:Pooler has been my only role model for as long as I can remember.

It's amazing how you didn't turn out so fucked up!
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Unread postby Russian Doll » 18 February 2016, 08:09

Sullivan wrote:I've always thought Ghandi was a bit overrated, personally.


Interesting, how so?
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Unread postby Brenden » 18 February 2016, 11:10

  • Full and unrestricted freedom to use encryption and protect personal privacy, and to trade in cryptocurrency.
  • Network neutrality and/or decentralisation of the Internet.
  • Freedom to use psychoactive substances to alter states of consciousness.
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Re: What socially relevant causes do you care about? List your role mo

Unread postby xyz72 » 18 February 2016, 13:54

Brenden wrote:
  • Full and unrestricted freedom to use encryption and protect personal privacy, and to trade in cryptocurrency.
  • Network neutrality and/or decentralisation of the Internet.
  • Freedom to use psychoactive substances to alter states of consciousness.

I can get fully behind these 3.
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Unread postby acpro » 18 February 2016, 16:45

xyz72 wrote:
Brenden wrote:
  • Full and unrestricted freedom to use encryption and protect personal privacy, and to trade in cryptocurrency.
  • Network neutrality and/or decentralisation of the Internet.
  • Freedom to use psychoactive substances to alter states of consciousness.

I can get fully behind these 3.


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Unread postby Sullivan » 18 February 2016, 16:45

Russian Doll wrote:
Sullivan wrote:I've always thought Ghandi was a bit overrated, personally.


Interesting, how so?

In that my first instinct, when faced with the presumptuousness of your statement, was to be contrarian.

But also because I know exceedingly little about him and Indian history more generally, and I'm not going to unthinkingly laud him simply because doing so is something a lot of other people—who probably know even less about him than I—find fitting.

poolerboy0077 wrote:
Derek wrote:Pooler has been my only role model for as long as I can remember.

It's amazing how you didn't turn out so fucked up!

Who says he didn't?
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Re: What socially relevant causes do you care about? List your role mo

Unread postby Russian Doll » 19 February 2016, 17:37

In that my first instinct, when faced with the presumptuousness of your statement, was to be contrarian.

But also because I know exceedingly little about him and Indian history more generally, and I'm not going to unthinkingly laud him simply because doing so is something a lot of other people—who probably know even less about him than I—find fitting. "


Yet even though you admit about being ignorant of his deeds and Indian history generally, you still claim him to be underrated... Isn't this contradictory to your defense, i.e criticizing him though ignorance also?

In my defense: Gandhi was and in memory still is a figurehead to many. He liberated his people from colonialist rule without raising a finger against his enemies. Without any government involvement he was chosen, by the people of his time to lead them spiritually and politically into non-violent revolution. Even if you knew little about him, the fact that his name has become synonymous with "The father of the nation", his fame (and to some at the time, infamy) via popular opinion and the devotion to his cause... all actions leading to his death as a Marty, should be enough to make a conclusion about his character.

Don't these qualities,along with his faith in mankind, his obligation to neutrality i.e to reason alone, instead of allegiance to person, empire or state... make him a figurehead of moral, social and spiritual change?

A figurehead is determined by the majority opinion, and I would suggest that is the case here. But if i seem naive and overly presumptuous then so be it. :rofl:

... Apologies If I get carried away sometimes.
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Unread postby Derek » 19 February 2016, 17:47

I don't consider Gandhi an inspiration either. It's not that I don't admire his achievements, but they don't have much to do with me.
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Unread postby Russian Doll » 19 February 2016, 18:07

Brenden wrote:
  • Full and unrestricted freedom to use encryption and protect personal privacy, and to trade in cryptocurrency.
  • Network neutrality and/or decentralisation of the Internet.
  • Freedom to use psychoactive substances to alter states of consciousness.


I like your interests.

Recently I have been reading about the stonewalling of academic information by publishing conglomerates. The insane prices they charge per article download is limiting academic progress. Researchers cant even afford to access relevant work to their projects (I have experience of this first hand.)

Derek wrote:I don't consider Gandhi an inspiration either. It's not that I don't admire his achievements, but they don't have much to do with me.


I can respect that. :)
Even if I retain the notion of him being a figurehead in social circles in general.
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Re: What socially relevant causes do you care about? List your role mo

Unread postby Brenden » 20 February 2016, 13:14

Russian Doll wrote:
Brenden wrote:
  • Full and unrestricted freedom to use encryption and protect personal privacy, and to trade in cryptocurrency.
  • Network neutrality and/or decentralisation of the Internet.
  • Freedom to use psychoactive substances to alter states of consciousness.


I like your interests.

Recently I have been reading about the stonewalling of academic information by publishing conglomerates. The insane prices they charge per article download is limiting academic progress. Researchers cant even afford to access relevant work to their projects (I have experience of this first hand.)

Oooh, yes, of course! This should be added to my list as well.
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Re: What socially relevant causes do you care about? List your role mo

Unread postby xyz72 » 20 February 2016, 13:43

Russian Doll wrote:
Brenden wrote:
  • Full and unrestricted freedom to use encryption and protect personal privacy, and to trade in cryptocurrency.
  • Network neutrality and/or decentralisation of the Internet.
  • Freedom to use psychoactive substances to alter states of consciousness.


I like your interests.

Recently I have been reading about the stonewalling of academic information by publishing conglomerates. The insane prices they charge per article download is limiting academic progress. Researchers cant even afford to access relevant work to their projects (I have experience of this first hand.)


I've experienced that before, too. All research should be available for free after a few years, at least to academics in the same or a related field. I can understand they need to make money somehow, but damn.
Same thing goes for university textbooks, which thank god are cheap within most of the EU, but the kind of shit I've heard from the US is frightening.
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Unread postby lightnight » 2 March 2016, 20:21

I support freedom of speech, stricter legislation against honor killings and domestic abuse and better education for children who don't have access to schools and end up in religious seminaries and learn all sorts of irrelevant and dangerous stuff.
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