A palm tree at dusk along the Kinabatangan River. This was near an Abai fishing village where I stayed overnight. Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in March 2008.
Travelling through the reds and yellows of the desert, it was a welcome relief to reach the waters of the Iraqi Marshes; the margin between the desert and the marshes is quite abrupt. Though sparsely populated, there exists a local network of boats for the transport of both people and goods. Located at key areas, a handful of boats can be found ready for hire. At one such place, her curiosity piqued by the arrival of visitors from outside of Iraq, this girl came over and greeted us whilst we arranged to hire a boat.
This video by TheraminTrees is 42 minutes long but I highly recommend that you view it especially if you want to know a little bit about the dangers of special privileges, its ability to kill free speech, and how biases distort reality.
Do go to the YouTube page as that lists a number of references for further study.
I guess I didn’t have the same problems as TheraminTrees as, once I realised that religions and gods were inventions, I didn’t give any religion any free passes. They were all fair game.
I don’t go about telling people in conversation that I am an atheist (one who thinks, based on evidence, that there probably isn’t a god), but when they ask what my religion is I tell them that I’m an atheist, and that is when I get shouted at. It’s pretty predictable. I can handle it but it’s the religious who claim special privileges and who want to deprive me of my rights to free speech, etc.