An astute observer would have noticed that there have been some changes to the color scheme at Nirmukta. The said scheme may also appear familiar to some of our readers. In all seriousness, the new look is purposefully designed to convey the “Indian-ness” of the website (and yes, I do stand by those colors!) while maintaining our focus on the brewing conflict between science and religion in society.
I’m writing this post to clear up any misconceptions that may arise about the intentions behind using the tri-color scheme as the banner on the site. Of-course, patriotism can be understood in purely naturalistic terms as evolutionarily adaptive. It is also well established that a high degree of patriotism is not incompatible with the capacity to inflict immense suffering on those outside of one’s group. However, the value of belonging to a community that shares history and culture is immeasurable. It is a value that promotes social action and awakens us to come together for our fellow human beings.
Patriotism, like other powerful emotions such as “spirituality” and hope, is too vital a part of our nature for us free-thinkers to leave it in the hands of the religious folk. It only makes sense to utilize all positive social emotion in order to help build a free and moral society.