For some time now, information mediated through imagery, primarily photographs, has been a fellow chief instructor (the other being literature) of our moral imagination and our perception of distant, clandestine experiences. One thinks of conflicts, controversy or atrocities, with the subtle photographic displays of (what we have come to knowRead More →

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Bearing the brunt of the Cold War, The United States and the Soviet Union divided Korea into two sovereign states in 1948 with the border set at the 38th parallel. In the South, an export-led economic boom, industrialization, and technological advances created an enviably prosperous state. In the current world,Read More →

Do people have an evolved predisposition to kill members of other social groups? Do they have an inner predisposition to violence? In other words, are we born to fight? An incredible Christmas miracle could let us think about the answer. 1914, Ypres, Belgium, Christmas Eve. “Come out, English soldier; comeRead More →

«Limelight» by Charlie Chaplin “there’s something just as inevitable as death, and that’s life.” Limelight is a film written, produced, directed by, and starring Charlie Chaplin, based on a novella written by Chaplin entitled “Footlights” It can be considered Chaplin’s most personal film, and his farawell, even if it isRead More →

I come from a country, which was not considered as civilized until quite recently by most of the so-called Western World, who looked down upon my country with mere curiosity and maybe some interest. Not surprisingly, very close to my home there are still tribes in existence that collect andRead More →

Art makes populations immortal. Art is something that speaks words, by staying silent through the passage of centuries. The great monuments of all countries are like big and wise men, that perpetuate history thanks to their existence. They are symbols, priceless masterpieces. But, despite having the capacity to make thingsRead More →

Graffiti. Everyone knows what that word means. They are those strange, and often ugly, paintings and words scribbled all over the buildings of the big cities. Cursing, gangs’ names, insults. Low-level paint coming out from a dirty spray can. People look at them frowning, thinking that graffiti are the markRead More →

Morality: what separates human from animal. Our ability to distinguish the difference between right and wrong is what we, as one entity, pride ourselves in. Different cultures have different ideas of right and wrong. Different religions prohibit different things. An example is the consumption of pork, which is prohibited inRead More →