Philosophical Archives - Margôt Tesch, Writer

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Musings about the human condition, life and it’s mysteries. I’m intrigued by the passion of humans to hold onto beliefs, even when they seem apparently irrational. What makes us moral? How can we be better human beings.

July 31, 2018

Is it wrong to lie?

Most of us would say ‘Yes, it’s wrong to lie’. We all want to be thought of as honest people. It’s one of those universal values.

But it doesn’t take long to think of a scenario where we typically contradict this core value and find an excuse to permit ourselves to lie.

I wanted to explore this seeming paradox more deeply.

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Feminism: Should I care?

Feminism is a fascinating concept. It means something different to each of us. My personal perception of feminism has evolved over the course of my life.

Feminism in the 70's

Germaine Greer

My first introduction to the idea was as an adolescent in the 1970’s. Germaine Greer’s The Female Eunuch shocked the world. At that time (my early teens) I wanted to challenge social norms, reject old traditions and wholeheartedly embrace new modes of thinking and being. Conformity was not an option for me. I didn’t want to end up like my parents, whose life seemed uninspiring and undesirable to an adventure-hungry teenager.

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January 30, 2018

The Changing Family Ideal

Marriage Equality

Since we voted for marriage equality, I've been thinking about the impact this might have on the traditional family ideal. I decided to take this opportunity to think out loud. No matter which side of the marriage equality debate I sit, the legislation has changed. Our culture and our world has shifted.

I wanted to consider what impact this had on my perception of the traditional family ideal.

My ideas have been grounded in my baby-booming generation and reinforced by immersion in Christianity. Having stepped away from that religion a long time ago, I now look for new modes of thinking. I embrace ideas that encourage me to poke my head above the 'norms' of our times. Ideas that enable me to see myself, my culture and my nationality, from new perspectives, captivate me. Marriage equality seems to provide one of those opportunities to look at tradition from a new perspective.

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