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  • Luck
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    Luck

    Whenever I stand before an imposing monument, I feel something is missing. It feels like just an abstract.

  • White Supremacy
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    White Supremacy

    We remember Man Friday.

  • Frankenstein
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    Frankenstein

    IN 1818, more than 200 years before the world enthusiastically and anxiously welcomed the age of ‘artificial intelligence’, a novel was published: Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley.

  • The Dog
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    The Dog

    One day in the 4th century BCE, Alexander heard there was an eccentric philosopher living in Athens. The young Macedonian king wanted to know more about Diogenes.

  • The exception
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    The exception

    On a small proscenium stage, five girls sang in chorus; then one stepped forward: Calabrisella mia, Calabrisella mia, Calabrisella mia, Facimmu ammore

  • Land
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    Land

    I was reminded of Pahom.

  • Philosophers
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    Philosophers

    I often feel strangely disturbed when I hear the word ‘philosopher’. We know these creatures exist, but I have never been able to clearly identify them.

  • India
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    India

    On January 30, 2019, a woman fat as a sackful of rice and with a face twisted like Sarpakanaka, shot an air pistol at a life-sized doll. The doll had the face of Mahatma Gandhi.

  • Ibn Arabi
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    Ibn Arabi

    In Cordoba, one day in the 12th century, a beardless young man astonished a famous philosopher.

  • Appointment
  • Words, Words, Words
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    Words, Words, Words

    What is the commotion in politics, deafening us and stimulating us, making us believe and disbelieve? Words.

  • Hell
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    Hell

    There are many words and pictures that we notice on the backs of passing trucks—funny ones, erotic ones, wise ones, and playful ones.

  • Rorschach
  • Bouazizi
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    Bouazizi

    It all started with Bouazizi.

  • Gandari
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    Gandari

    One mother who is never celebrated is Gandari. She was on the losing side, and is despised.

  • The Monastery
  • Han
  • Rhetoric
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    Rhetoric

    In the 19th century, an old man in Surakarta observed with sadness what was going on around him: young men parading their piety.

  • Winston
  • An experiment  turns half a century
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    An experiment turns half a century

    An experiment turns half a century

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