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Beware! The Hubris of Righteousness

Beware! The Hubris of Righteousness

At first glance, one might think that this article is about self-righteousness. While the infamy of self-righteous behavior is typically based on the unfounded belief in one’s moral superiority over others on a particular subject, the hubris of righteousness has to do with the conflation and extension of one’s righteousness into unrelated domains. It is an important distinction to recognize.

For example, a religious person might be called self-righteous if she or he considers themselves more pious than another of the same religious order. Hubris of righteousness, on the other hand, will cause a person to think that their expansive knowledge of their own religion somehow gives them superior qualification to make commentary or judgment on completely different religions, without having sufficiently studied the other religion.

I use religion as an example only because I think most people reading this will be able to follow the point I am trying to make.

What has animal rights activism taught me about feminism?

Before I became an animal rights activist, I was an armchair feminist. I believed in women’s rights, signed petitions for gender equality, and got dutifully mad at reports of sexual harassment and other acts of violence against women. I’d like to believe I’d support women’s rights no matter what time period I was born in and that I wasn’t just evolving with the times and the current social climate.


It's been raining, so I got inspired to write a poem.


Rain falls without care

For weddings or picnics

Or little insects going about their day

Do they lament the rain

Like humans are prone to do

The universe works against them

Ruined their precious day, they declare

Rain continues to fall, unfettered

Not too far away, unknowingly

Answered a drought stricken farmer's prayer

Rainfall Photo by JanFillem on Unsplash

Photo by JanFillem on Unsplash


In Defense of Travel

When I used to consider myself an environmentalist, I hated traveling anywhere. Not that I didn’t like to go places, but the thought of burning fossil fuels to enjoy myself bothered me immeasurably. After all, that is that all the environmental organizations were telling me that I shouldn’t be doing. I bought a hybrid and I would refuse to drive over the speed limit because it would mean decreased fuel economy. I’d plan my automobile trips to make sure that I wasn’t back tracking to visit someplace I needed to go, and if I forgot to get something from the grocery store, I’d rather wait a week and go without than make another “unnecessary” trip to the store. I would leave for my destination way sooner than I needed to just in case there was traffic so that I wouldn’t have to speed; and end up sitting in the parking lot of my destination, sometimes for almost an hour waiting from my appointment.

Be Vegan - Save The World!

Found at Gate A6 at SFO

Yet, here I am, sitting at the San Francisco International Airport getting ready to take my third fourth international trip this year. And, not only it doesn’t bother me, I’m looking forward to traveling as much as possible. What happened?

Using Dashcams To Aid Amber Alerts

DashCam by PaulTownsend via flickrImage by Paul Townsend via flickr

These days it seems like everyone who has a car has a dash cam. Well, maybe not everybody but there are significant benefits to having a dashcam. One area where dashcams could potentially have a huge impact is in finding missing persons based on Amber Alerts that involve vehicles. It seemed so obvious that I thought this application of dashcams might already exist.

Alas, when I searched online for dashcams that might support this feature, I could find none. Perhaps there are some technical issues holding back this use of dashcams. I will try to list and address them here.



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