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I chose the title of this blog on a whim.

I don't have any intention to dedicate this blog to solving David Hume's Is-Ought problem. The analyses and views expressed here are mine. I have no religion. They are deduced solely through my reasoning, reflecting the knowledge that I have accumulated from my observations, choices and their consequences over the six decades of my life. The received "wisdom" from books purportedly written at the behest of non-existent gods by their long dead and gone proxies play no role in my reasoning.

Like its former avatar, "The Rational Fool", Is|Ought is a topical blog. I continue to write mostly on current news and events of interest. More specifically, I focus on topics relating to freedom of expression, equal protection for all citizens, and children's right to reason. In all my writings, I strive to to be faithful to the unholy trinity of principles, "liberty, one law for all, and no religion".

Occasionally, I indulge in satire. As a cynic –
CYNIC, n. A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are,
not as they ought to be. Hence the custom among the Scythians of
plucking out a cynic's eyes to improve his vision.
- Ambrose Bierce. Devil's Dictionary 2008
I see things in the public sphere as they are, and not as they ought to be. Being a cynic somehow doesn't seem to preclude me from being an idealist and an optimist. I believe that if things are not what they ought to be, then they should be and will be.

As we civilize, I am confident that bad ideas will die and be discarded into the ash heap of history. Many have been, and many will be. Colonialism has given way to liberal democracy with equal protection under the law for all citizens. Misogyny and its staunchest ally, religion, are on the decline in many parts of the world. Sexual preferences will be nobody's business but that of the consenting adults. Cruel and unusual punishments for "social crimes" such as adultery and blasphemy are under increasing scrutiny even in the most conservative of societies.

I am optimistic that each new generation of our species will be influenced and educated by increasingly progressive parents. A day will surely dawn when no parent will fail to let a child awake in Tagore's heaven on earth, "where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way". This blog is my two bits to the task of hastening that dawn.
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