‘Then you came here as I ordained’

Surah Taha (chapter 20 of the Quran) has a strong focus on Moses, one of the central figures of Islam, Christianity and Judaism. The wisdom found in Surah Taha thus has tremendous reach, sweeping across the Abrahamic frontier. The kernel of wisdom that I found in Surah Taha’s telling of Moses’ origins and confrontation with…

Society’s Canvass: On Art as a Projection of Social Values

I’m no artist. I’m rather prosaic. But it is difficult to deny the strength of art as a means of self-expression, political resistance, therapy, or as a projection of social values. The blank canvass holds endless possibilities; from ink to paint, surreal to abstract, dusky or vibrant, art provides an unparalleled mode of expression. What…

Video games and the Mystery of Life

I never expected to better understand the great mystery of life because of a videogame. The game in question, Xenoblade Chronicles X, is a stellar Japanese Role Playing Game (JPRG for short), filled with some of the most stunning scenery I’ve ever seen in a video game, matched with an equally epic soundtrack. It is…