Society

Let the 2020s be the decade of empathy and kindness
Society

Let the 2020s be the decade of empathy and kindness

The political philosopher Hannah Arendt argued that the key to ensuring happiness in the social realm was empathy and kindness towards others. It is only through forgiveness of mistakes and appreciation of difference that one can reveal all, and be at one with both themselves and those around them. Arendt’s entire political scheme relates to the social; the wonderful communicative relational realm in which people come to act. Act not to help themselves, nor achieve anything in particular, but to achieve a personal and social euphoria which is the highest end. This is not just something that we aim to achieve, but something that we cannot exist without. It is a coincidence of existence; it is what makes us human. I think that anyone today, regardless of political persuasion, or whether ...
<strong></strong>Why a Universal Basic Income is the cure to poverty, unemployment and climate change
Climate and Environment, Society

Why a Universal Basic Income is the cure to poverty, unemployment and climate change

Universal Basic Income (UBI) — a basic wage given to every member of society without question — has fluctuated between a presidentially endorsed policy to being a fringe radical idea. In recent years, however, the idea seems to have been reinvigorated. The wage provides enough income for every individual to be above the poverty line. In the UK, for example, this would be a payment of £15,000 per year from the government. The initial concept may sound drastic, yet when examined, it exposes itself as the rational — even unavoidable — solution to global poverty. Further, it provides scope for tackling larger, global crises such as the climate emergency and automation. In essence, UBI has huge potential to remedy the most daunting social and environmental ills.  Perhaps the most ...
<strong></strong>An open letter to my straight white cisgender friends
LGBTQ+

An open letter to my straight white cisgender friends

Dear straight cisgender white friend, I know you’re not racist, or homophobic, or sexist, or xenophobic, or transphobic, consciously ableist, or a full-fledged bigot. I know you mean well. I know you; I know the way you fall silent when I say “white people” or “cisgender people” or “the straights.” I have spent the last eight years of my life navigating our conversations without getting too controversial. Without bringing up my many gripes with you — more specifically with the group of people you fall into. I don’t know how to put it nicely. Perhaps there’s no nice way to put it, but it’s a confrontation that needs to happen; you look like, talk like, and act like my oppressor. And, dear friend, this world is built around you. Every system is built for your survival and succes...