Tapestrywith Mary Hynes
The moral dilemmas of Game of Thrones and online recommendations
Game of Thrones wraps as a secular fantasy epic that questions and subverts the genre's typical theological narratives, argues a Canadian political scientist. Mike Rugnetta tells Tapestry how recommendation algorithms can have an impact on identity.
What do Game of Thrones' key characters reveal about the role of religion in Westeros?
Game of Thrones wraps as a secular fantasy epic that questions and subverts the genre’s typically dominant theological narratives, argues a Canadian political scientist.
Don't click that video!: the moral dilemma of going down the YouTube rabbit hole
Mike Rugnetta wanted to know what recommendations YouTube would give him if he searched for "How to run a 5K," and the results were... tempting. He tells Tapestry how recommendation algorithms can have an impact on the people we become.
Why David Wallace-Wells is OK with being called a climate change alarmist
David Wallace-Wells's 2017 article, "The Uninhabitable Earth," outlined the horrifying consequences of climate change on our planet. Despite the article's success, Wallace-Wells says we are still not alarmed enough to fight against climate change.
Why large-scale activism is the 'most powerful path out of climate despair'
Individual lifestyle choices — such as recycling or reducing meat consumption — are not enough to slow down climate change, according to journalist David Wallace-Wells. He says only engagement at a high level can help mitigate the disastrous ecological impacts of human activity on the environment.
Jean Vanier reflects on a life devoted to people with disabilities
Jean Vanier, the Canadian who created the L’Arche network of communities for intellectually disabled people, has died. Tapestry revisits a 2005 interview in which Jean Vanier told Mary Hynes about the genesis of his beliefs, the founding of L’Arche and what it brought him.
The secret to good parenting? Lose the guilt
Parents today are facing more scrutiny than ever before. But Ann Douglas wants to celebrate the fact that parents don't have to be perfect, rather than spread the narrative that parenting is an exercise in misery.
You don't have to come out to your whole family, says this gay writer
Erica Lenti’s traditional Italian nonna doesn’t know she’s gay, and if Lenti has her way, she'll never find out. She said it gives her freedom within her family she might not have otherwise.
What should parents know?
Parents today are facing more scrutiny than ever before. But Ann Douglas wants to celebrate the fact that parents don't have to be perfect. Erica Lenti’s traditional Italian nonna doesn’t know she’s gay, and if Lenti has her way, she'll never find out.
How believing in soulmates can seriously impact your relationships
Renae Franiuk, a psychology professor at Aurora University, says the belief in soulmates can determine a lot about how you enter a relationship, and how long you might stay — even if it gets dangerous.
Love tips from an expert: shaky bridges and electric shocks
Researcher Arthur Aron has some surprising ideas on how to make love work. Romance tip: increase your likelihood of falling in love by having someone threaten you with electric shock.
Love in the lab
Love might at first appear like something truly unknowable — but science has been slowly unpacking the secrets of how and why humans fall in love. Tapestry talks to Arthur Aron on how to make love last and Renae Franiuk on relationship styles.
Family crisis leads opera singer to make pact with God
Isabel Bayrakdarian's album Mother of Light was conceived as she prayed for her mother's life. She bargained with God: if you take care of my mom, I'll sing about Your mom. The result is a collection of Armenian hymns and chants in praise of Mary.
Home cooking is not a solution to modern family woes, says sociologist
UBC sociologist Sinikka Elliott and her colleagues spent five years investigating what it really takes to put food on the table, working with more than 150 American families across different classes and racial backgrounds. They found that the moral pressure placed on family meal time might be as damaging as it is helpful.
School shooter and loving parent: One woman's struggle to understand her father's violent past
Carrah Quigley was 19 when she learned her father went on an armed rampage at his school in 1955, killing one classmate before turning himself into police. After serving time in a psychiatric hospital, Quiqley's father went on to lead a life full of love and compassion. Now, she says, her father's story has changed the way she understands violent crimes and the people who commit them.
Around the dinner table: struggles and rewards in family life
Carrah Quigley was 19 when she learned her father was a school shooter. Now, she says, her father's story has changed the way she understands violent crimes and the people who commit them. UBC sociologist Sinikka Elliott says the moral pressure placed on the family meal time might be as damaging as it is helpful.
Climate change is a test for humanity that we may not pass, says philosopher
Religion and spirituality can be a guide to a sustainable future, said Philip Clayton, who helps run the Institute for an Ecological Civilization.
Rwanda's genocide against the Tutsi and the Holocaust: survivors teach one another how to go on
Genocide survivor Eloge Butera was dealing with deep psychological trauma when he came to Canada several years after the atrocities. There Butera encountered a group of people specially equipped to help him learn to cope: elderly survivors of the Holocaust.
Spirituality and survival
Genocide survivor Eloge Butera copes with deep psychological trauma when he came to Canada several years after the atrocities. Philip Clayton says a spiritual worldview ù which links humanity intrinsically to nature — is needed before we can ever hope to create sustainable societies.
One philosopher's quest to take philosophy back to the streets
Philosopher Lee McIntyre defends the role of the ‘public philosopher,’ a thinker who steps out of the academy to engage with non-scholars in the hopes of helping them grapple with their questions and challenges.
When you can't give your parents grandkids, how do you honour them?
T. Wise’s parents longed for grandkids. But as a trans man, he never saved any eggs before transitioning. Now, he grapples with the question of whether he owes his parents for the years they spent lovingly raising him — and how should he repay them.
No easy answers
Philosopher Lee McIntyre says more than ever, society needs its thinkers to engage in public discourse; and writer T. Wise struggles with how to honour his parents, now that it’s too late to give them grandkids.
Black millennials contend with the broken promises of the American dream, says writer
Reniqua Allen says once segregation ended as official US policy, black Americans started believing they too could benefit from the promise of economic freedom and upward mobility. Decades later, she says, the failure of that promise is driving young black Americans to burnout.
This writer used his stories about Canada's wilderness to belong. Here's why he stopped telling them.
Phillip Dwight Morgan thought his cycling trip across Canada would answer his unresolved questions about identity and belonging. Instead, it confronted him with new ones.
The American dream and Canada's great outdoors: how these national ideals leave out people of colour
Reniqua Allen on the broken promises of the American dream for black millennials, and Phillip Dwight Morgan on cycling across Canada as a young black man.