Category Archives: Questions by Claire

Who’s bigger Jesus or the Beatles?

In terms of body mass, probably the Beatles. And in terms of body count, definitely Jesus; though he has had a headstart. I’m sure by two thousand years from now a few crusades will have been waged off the back … Continue reading

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Why do people oppress each other?

Rarely out of malice. Though that may just be optimism. I think it’s mostly a matter of ignorance and selfishness. And not even the worst kind of selfishness, just the easiest one. There’s a problem in the very perspective of … Continue reading

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Is it possible to be a hard core supporter of a national football team without becoming slightly nationalistic?

I don’t like the nation-state as a concept. It’s quite a big and pervasive idea not to be happy with. But I just don’t see a need for huge divisions between people. Particularly ones that reinforce difference and inequality; encouraging … Continue reading

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Are there any English language sayings that are as black ethnocentric as the saying “let your hair down” or “red in the face” is ethnoexclusive?

I once took part in a lengthy argument about whether the phrase referring to someone who ‘called a spade a spade’, was racist. You can see where the confusion arose. ‘Spade’ has been (and therefore still is, language is a … Continue reading

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Where do red and green colour associations come from?

From the miracle of christmas? Or maybe from their complementary nature? It’s a tricky question to answer seriously, because there’s so many associations to unpack. Red alone can imply love, communism, rage, lust, danger, stopping at traffic lights, remembrence poppies, … Continue reading

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