30 Years Ago We Celebrated the Berlin Wall Coming Down. Today We Tolerate a Culture that Wants to Put One Up

I keep my piece of the Berlin Wall on my nightstand. 

My partner was born on a British military base near Berlin and was there when the wall came down; she was just over 2 years old. She remembers being on her dad’s shoulders, striking the wall with a hammer. Her family honoured me by giving me the humble piece I have today.

I keep it close as a reminder that division, in the name of ideology, is overcome by enlightened minds and their conviction that united, we’re better off. 

30 years ago we celebrated the wall coming down, today it is stunning that we tolerate a culture that thinks building new walls is the solution. 

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The irony here that Ronny, a republican, is lauded for breaking down the wall is just so brutal…
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I stand with the Kurds. I stand for Peace.

When arriving in a new country whilst traveling alone, the most vulnerable moment is always between the airport and the hostel: you have all your gear, you don’t know the transportation system, and you don’t know the language. On the bus ride to Istanbul, Turkey from the airport, I was comforted to find another English speaker, a local, sitting next to me. 

I struck up a conversation on the state of Turkey and Islam. He had some colourful things to say about the Salafis, among other topics pertinent to the Middle East… it wasn’t long before I found out my new friend is Kurdish. 

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Kai’s bday blog: The ramblings of an asian man at the end of his 30s

Greetings friend, thanks for having a read.

Hitting the midpoint of my life has led me to reflect on what it all means and what’s valuable for the next chapter. I hope you can relate with my bouts with ambition, ego, idealism and mediocrity.

I suppose I’m giving my insecurity about aging an uppercut to the scrotum by laying it all out on the internet, so here we go!

Over the past 20 years of being a ‘grown up’, I’ve encountered my share of trials and tribulations that have helped me to realise what I find meaningful (and what I should focus on) for the remainder of my life. 

Baby Kai way more hair than 40-year-old Kai
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Christians Against Christian Nationalism

A new campaign by interfaith Christian leaders, signed by thousands, condemns the unholy marriage between Christianity and Nationalism. Will mainstream Christians join the call?

Hasn’t it always seemed outrageously hypocritical that a faith built on ‘loving thy neighbour’ loudly marginalises specific groups of our community? That a religion built on the image of a man who preached inclusivity, love and forgiveness seems so ready to ignore the plight of neighbours seeking refuge?

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3 things you can do this Christmas to help humanity in a valuable, substantive way. From your phone. While you sit there. Watching Christmas Movies. Comatose.

Christmas=doing something good. And if you’re like me, you ain’t got time to do good; you need 99.9% of your time and energy just to keep the duct tape from flying off the thing. So how the eff are you supposed to do good when the world is bleeding and so deeply in need of help? I’m just putting 3 things on this list because, again, who’s got time to read a damn 19 point list? I’m also saving you time by cutting this intro short. Let’s do this.

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An open letter to my Christian Friends:

As you may have heard, a few years ago I stepped away from my faith. Since then I have been wrestling with rebuilding my identity: which elements of Christianity will remain a part of the core of who I am and what I will fight for. I don’t regret my days in the church because I lived a life that enriched those around me, and for that reason I have decided to keep the following Christian virtues (among others): community, self-sacrifice, and taking care of the poor and marginalized.

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