How important is it to save the world’s elephants?

Answer by A Quora admin:

It is vitally important to save the world's elephants. Number one, they are the megagardeners of the forest according to the linked paper from Science Direct. They play a vital role in the health of the rain forests, which then play a vital role in the carbon cycle, absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere and returning the oxygen we humans need to breathe back to it. Number two, if we cannot muster the effort to save such a grand and visible species as the elephants, how will we ever hope to save the less obvious ones also threatened by human activity and habitat destruction?
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How important is it to save the world's elephants?

Who gets to say who’s a true Muslim?

Answer by A Quora admin:

Everyone gets to say it. In my opinion, no one gets to be right about it.

I understand why religious people are perpetually trying to disown some who self-identify as members of their religion. They're fighting not to be tarred with the same brush, or they're looking for reasons to exclude others, or they fervently believe in the objective truth of their religion. As an irreligious person, I don't have a stake in any of that. I use religious labels descriptively, not prescriptively. If lots of people who believe X self-identify as followers of Islam, then Islam is a religion that includes X. It may also include not-X, of course, if lots of self-identified Muslims believe not-X.

Who gets to say who's a true Muslim?

Why do people who love reading love it so much?

Answer by A Quora admin:

(spoiler alert: anna karenina,  Leo Tolstoy)

Do you know where I am right now?
In the general ladies coach of train from surat to baroda ( Gujarat, India). I am surrounded by sweating fat ladies on all four sides. There's no place to sit, I am standing in the aisle. Someone again left the toilet door open, it's stinking. Two women are fighting for a seat, calling each other names.A baby is crying somewhere due to the commotion, the stink and the heat.

Before I opened quora on my phone, I was reading Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. For about an hour, I forgot that I was in the hot,stinking, crowded train in India.

I was hunting with Levin in the fields of Yasyana Polyana, Russia. I could feel the cold morning air and the dew under my feet.
I was worrying about my farm and cattle, and the kopecks (old russian currency) I owed to various people.

I was having an affair with Vronsky, feeling the passion and regret.  Waiting for my lover to come back from a party, worrying whether he was with some other woman. I looked at myself in the mirror to see whether my beauty was intact.

I just committed suicide by jumping in front of a train due to my insecurity.

Maybe I will never visit fields of russia, never have an extra marital affair, never commit suicide. But for an hour, I felt all of it. I was there. Not with them. I was them.

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Why do people who love reading love it so much?

Why is the idea of banning, out of religious respect, images of the prophet Muhammad in western publications so offensive to westerners?

Answer by A Quora admin:

Because it's a ludicrous argument. 

Some Muslims find images of Muhammad offensive.  Now suppose that some people find the Quran offensive. By your logic, we should ban the publishing of the Quran. Or the Bible. Or, really, any book.

Why does this subgroup of Muslims think their views deserve special privilege?

Why is the idea of banning, out of religious respect, images of the prophet Muhammad in western publications so offensive to westerners?

Very Powerful Discussion of What It Means to Have a Black Son

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Put yourself in the place of these mothers, who have to explain the reality of being a black man in America. They have to make their son understand that some will see him as a threat and act on that threat, and that his life can depend on keeping those people unafraid of him.

If you can feel as these mothers do, then you’ll understand why we must fight, and why we can’t rest until the color of our skin is not our destiny.

Answer to “What is the best sequential short story … “

Brilliant Answer to “What is the best sequential short story, such as alphabetically, numerically, creatively, and originally, that you can write?” by Chrys Jordan:

You want originality? This sequence of sentences is based on the Hebrew alphabet, which I will phonetically interpret below.
Hebrew has 22 letters, all consonants. Here we go:

Alone: is where we begin.
Both: one plus one.
Group: us and another.
Doing: not only being.
How: a very good question.
Why: a better question.
Zeal: what we should have.
Hubris: what to avoid.
Teachings: from elder to younger.
Youth: the font of change.
Kite: draws the lightning.
Law: order and peace.
Mercy: needed for the first.
Naming: on establishing identity.
Sophistication: the last engender this.
Eyes*: to see for ourselves.
Philosophy: this tames the items that came before.
Tsion**: the need for a homeland.
Quid pro quo: the needs of togetherness.
Righteousness: do be done and not just spoken.
Shalom: what we wish for each other.
Truth: the last.

Thank you for the A2A, Harvey Cameron.

Hebrew Alphabet: ºalef, vet/bet, gimel, dalet, hah, wof, zayn, ħet, ʈet, yod, khaf/kaf, lamèd, mem, nun, ʂamek, ᵜayn, feh/peh, tsadi, qaf, ɽet, shin/sin, tau.

Letters given two interpretations may be pronounced differently if a dagesh (a dot) is added.
* this letter is completely foreign to English, but עין [ᵜayn] is Hebrew for “eye.”
** “Zion” is actually ציון [Tsion] in Hebrew.
“Shalom” is Hebrew for “Salaam” or “peace.”

What is the best sequential short story, such as alphabetically, numerically, creatively, and originally, that you can write?

I have a staff member who produces brilliant work but is consistently late every single day. I can’t fire him because it will take months…

Answer by Matt Wasserman:

Rightly or wrongly, IT people don’t do well with rigid schedules. We’re used to getting paid for our work, not our time. This generally benefits you – we don’t show up at 9 sharp, but we don’t leave until the work is done for the day.

I know of places that require their people to show up at 9, exactly,  and account for every minute. They dock the worker’s pay for every 2 minutes they are late or leave early. Their people are miserable. The building is empty at 5:01. Productivity is low.

Judging how well you manage someone by what time they show up is ridiculous. Show your boss all the completed projects. Show him how much more money the company is making. Show him how problems are being solved. If he’s going to complain about a guy who does brilliant work coming in 15 minutes late then your company deserves to lose this guy.

I have a staff member who produces brilliant work but is consistently late every single day. I can’t fire him because it will take months…

Why don’t U.S. conservatives support gay marriage?

I’m resharing this great answer by Peter Flom from Quora:

I’ve written this answer before, to a different question, but I think the best way to separate liberals, conservatives and libertarians (at least as those terms are used in the US in the 21st century) is “souls and bellies”.

Conservatives think the government should be concerned with our souls; gay marriage should be illegal because (in their view) homosexual acts are sinful. 

Liberals think the government should be concerned with our bellies: People shouldn’t go hungry or homeless.

Libertarians think the government should be concerned with neither.

We don’t really have a group that thinks the government should be concerned with both.

Why don’t U.S. conservatives support gay marriage?

I love my boyfriend and he loves me in return, but I know he doesn’t think I am beautiful. How can I handle this fact?

I’m resharing this great answer by Anonymous from Quora:

My wife is not pretty. Really not. She is short, very fat and her face is plain.

But I love her to bits. I wouldn’t trade her for anything. I’ve never been happy, had a crappy childhood, a crappy adulthood for the first part and a hard adulthood for the second part. Now, in the third part, I am finally happy. And that’s because of her. She makes me laugh until we lay in bed howling with laughter, or giggling like two little girls.

And when I see her, I find her beautiful. She has a little tell with a lift of an eyebrow when she gets aroused and it gives me shivers and a thrill when I see her do that. I love kissing her, I love having sex with her, I love her body. When I caress her, even where she is fat, I think All mine.

Her being not pretty is not of any importance. I see it, but it has no consequence for how I feel about her. Yeah I’d like it better if she was a bit less fat, but I am totally fine with her if she doesn’t lose weight. It doesn’t change how I feel about her.

I find her beautiful.

I love my boyfriend and he loves me in return, but I know he doesn’t think I am beautiful. How can I handle this fact?