It was a very busy intersection, a million vehicles passed through it every day. Looking down from the window of my 4th-floor apartment, it was a sight of filth and chaos.

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Pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, cars, trucks and horse carts, all trying to negotiate their way out of the situation and take that final turn. Negotiations at the intersection were done through a meeting of the eyes, verbal, physical and any other available means. …

Bablu, 15 years of age and his father lived in Tejpur, a small city in northern Uttar Pradesh. Bablu’s father was a hard-working man who had lost both his parents when he was 10 years of age. He had to drop out of school and for the next 12 years, he worked in the local steel factory as a furnace hand. He got married to Bablu’s mother when he was 22, Bablu was born 2 years later. Sadly, Bablu’s mother passed away due to excessive bleeding during childbirth.

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Bablu’s father was grief-stricken, but for the sake of his boy, he vowed to keep going strong. Going another 10 years at the factory, he worked multiple shifts, saving every penny that he could. He loved his boy very much and wanted him to have a good life, much better than he had had. When Bablu was 10 years of age, his father opened a small dry cleaning shop in Varanasi, a large city 20 km from Tejpur. …

In the context of undocumented migrants (Mexicans arriving in the USA for example) or asylum seekers looking for a safe place, it is common to hear:

How many will you shelter in your own home? None? If you are not happy to host one in your own home, you should not be advocating for the government to be more accepting of undocumented migrants or asylum seekers. Walk the talk as they say.

At the heart of this argument lies a logical fallacy, a type of reductio ad absurdum — a mode of argumentation or a form of argument in which a proposition is disproven by following its implications logically to an absurd conclusion. …


Amrinder Dhindsa

Atheist — Rationalist — Libertarian

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