Thought Leaders Series: 2020

Hong Kong: UK makes citizenship offer to residents

People are asking why Hong Kong residents are being given a red carpet reception by the UK government, citing that Brexit was a bid to control immigration as resources were depleting.

However, as with poverty there are mainly two types of migrants— the deserving and the undeserving. For example, when the Nigerian economy was buoyant there were hardly visa restrictions. Her citizens were free to travel in and out to spend — and spend they did. But the minute the country’s economy showed any sign of a crisis, visa restrictions kicked in from most Western countries.

So by and large if we take global politics aside, as long as you have the means, there are hardly any travel restrictions on planet earth.

While I empathise with the causes of the movements in Hong Kong, I would have liked to see the same gesture extended to those with similar plight in other countries — especially the ones.

Dear friends, there is a crucial lesson to be learn from this. In neoliberalism, you only get the full benefits of your human rights through economic might.

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Thought Leaders Series: 2018

The Jobs That Artificial Intelligence Will Create by H. James Wilson, Paul R. Daugherty, and Nicola Morini-Bianzino

A global study finds several new categories of human jobs emerging, requiring skills and training that will take many companies by surprise.

The Jobs That Artificial Intelligence Will Create

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Christian doctrine and Anthromorphism

Thought Leaders Series:2018

By way of context, anthropomorphism is the attribution of human traits, emotions, or intentions to non-human entities. A behaviour which psychologists describe as innate to humans.

For example, in religion and mythology, anthropomorphism is the perception of a divine being or beings in human form, or the recognition of human qualities in these beings.

In Christianity, we are told that we are replicas of God (Gen. 1:27). Thus we find descriptive use of human features for God in Judaism and Christianity. These include references like: “The finger of the lord’ (Gen. 8:19), ‘The eyes of the lord, (2 Chronicles 16:19), ‘The hand of the lord’ (1 Peter 5:6-7) etc.

Jewish scholars tried to do away with this idea once they realised its shortcoming and implications. So they wrote commentaries to shift this perspective, but once the oral tradition had been translated to written text, it was near impossible to convince followers otherwise.

The idea was already branded into their psyche and no amount of enlightened thought could change it. Even today, scholarship is often dismissed as secondary information, as audiences fail to not understand that Bible is not a primary source either. But rather, a collection of commentaries by enlightened thinkers in their era. In fact there is no primary source.

That aside, thinking of the Divine in anthropomorphic terms also means the attribution of human emotions and actions. This is common in most cultures, perhaps more apparent in Greek mythology.

In Christianity for instance: love, anger, vengeance, hatred, justice, jealousy etc., are often used to describe God’s emotion. In Exodus 15:3, Isaiah 42:13, we see examples of human actions. In these two examples, God’s involvement in the killing and destruction of non-compliant nations or people through active warfare.

Thus in Christianity we have an angry God, who holds grudges. One who requires human sacrifice as Atonement for the sin of Adam and Eve – humanity.

But even if we agree that this was Truth, there are plethora of positions with this doctrine. Theologians like Julian of Norwich (1342-1430) believes that Jesus’ sacrifice was once, and for all of humanity (regardless of belief or unbelief). In other circles, in-spite of Jesus’ sacrifice, there are other complicated doctrinal subsets, like the Rapture and Judgement Day, which some believers are likely to fall short of, leading to everlasting condemnation in hell fire🔥with non-believers.

In fact, there is a whole industry built on this premise, with some Christians even having a preview of who might, or has ended up in hell already.

At any rate, except the definition of love as we know and understand it is wrong. Because If it is right, then the Christian God could not be described as loving.

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