The ethics behind banning the burqa

Joseph Raz’s article “Autonomy, toleration and the harm principle” is primarily concerned with the relationship between autonomy and toleration and to what extent the government can intervene in a perfectionist manner. This relates to the issue of the burqa because one contentious issue in the debate is whether the government should dictate what its people…

A sad day for Paris and religion

I was planning to go out to the student union after finishing an essay deadline but my eye was caught on the BBC website of some breaking news: explosions heard in central Paris. I was stuck to my laptop screen for the next 4 hours, watching in disbelief as the horrors unfolded in front of…

Home River

The quiet, tranquil river, Floating, Watching, Always looking with keen, Liquidly passive eyes, Into the domain, Of its own, Its young, Its home. The silent, peaceful trees, Leaning, Craning, Never looking away with observant, Furtively calm eyes, Into the river, Of its birth, Its life, Its home. But in this land of peace, And love,…

Smoking

This is a poem I recently found on my computer written when I was around 14 unchanged; I hear your conversations every time But you will never learn to whisper quiet, So quiet that even I can’t hear your words. The breeze can try and lose me in the air But I will linger when…

Drag

The wind rustles silently through the guttural branches of gnarled trees, The trunks sway in the breeze of a thousand breaths That lifts up my soul and carries it away into the depths of the tumultuous sky, And only my heart is left, Helpless Against the torrent of gasps in the bottomless depths of the…

A.F

Of all the hurt and trouble that we’ve caused And all the jokes and laughter that we’ve shared That hug and cry that we shared at the ball Is what will stay in my mind most of all.

The Lotus Eaters

The Lotus Eaters Can a man desire a thing so much he will turn his back on all he knows For a beauty so fine as a blood moon? If love takes hold of a man then no celestial power Can pull him down from his tower Of craving. A search begins, scouting for feelings…