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Bruno Halpern

Lack of grace

The last presidential debate of the 2016 election cycle has come to an end. People across the nation and world watched the confrontation between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. While many people were disheartened by both, most were concerned with Trump’s “irreverence,” to put it nicely. Watching this debate season has been like watching the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy. They’re bad, but any true “Star Wars” fan is obligated to watch them. You just want them to be over as soon as possible. In my opinion, Hillary won. She was far more prepared and balanced than Trump. I actually...

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Lack of grace

The last presidential debate of the 2016 election cycle has come to an end. Many people throughout the nation and the world watched the confrontation between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Many were also disenhearted by both, but mostly Trump’s “irreverence”, to put it nicely. Watching the debates was like watching the Star Wars Prequel trilogy. They’re bad, but you have an obligation of seeing them (if you’re a true Star Wars fan like myself). You just want them to be over as soon as possible. In my opinion, Hillary won. She is way more prepared than Trump, and...

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What can we learn from other cultures about peace?

India. 1940s. Gandhi was fasting as a protest against the conflicts between Muslims and Hindus. A Hindu man came to him, “I killed a Muslim child!” “Why?” Gandhi asked. “A Muslim man killed my son,” he said. The Hindu man is desperate. He’s certain he’s going to Hell, but Gandhi says he knows a way out of such a destiny. “Find a child. A child whose mother and father have been killed, and raise him as your own. Only be sure that the child is a Muslim, and you must raise him as one.” It’s unknown if this man...

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Nationalism as a social construct

Patria is our homeland. We sing anthems to it, we salute the flags and feel overall proud of the country we belong to. But why? Why are you proud of your country? What’s the actual reason to be proud of where you were born? In some ways, it’s like being proud of being a Seminole’s fan. Or a Barcelona fan. It’s interesting that it’s when we put something under a new light, and when we twist an idea on its head that we realize that, sometimes, we accept things way too easily, or take them for granted. The concept...

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