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So here I am,
A big question - how to do this?
I can do this,
It's easiest in the morning.
What do you see when
fear. Denounce stupid Western opinons. You are safe.
It's been almost a month. What's happened? The Idea Emporium is up on the site - starting with The Rage of the 'Righteous' and going on to a couple of "favorite" stupid opinions, starting with the opinion that you are wherever you are meant to be. It wasn't the opinion I'd meant to start on - that would have been on one that I meet over and over from students who don't want to be judgmental (as if having good judgment were inherently evil). Their opinion: all opinions are equal. I intended to start with that one - and in fact have gone on to write about it. But sitting quietly in my airplane seat, I was faced with a popular performer gyrating on the screen in front of me, reiterating over and over that you are wherever you are meant to be. That would mean, of course, that I was meant to be trapped watching him - and that he was meant to have me write about him. None of that makes any sense to me, but it did get me writing.
And then for weeks I was stuck - all muddled with struggling with css style sheets (part of the web program I'm using -great when mastered, tough when learning, but it's through having gotten it right once that I am able to write this easily to you) and with templates (ditto). Also I had bits of writing here and there (one thought here, another thought there), and that made for a wall of mess in front of me. Somehow I needed to get moving, easiest when I sit down and keep going until I am somehow through.
I finally did that about a week ago.
It's not that nothing happened before that - time with my stepdaughter especially, good time.
Then this week school has started again, and I have done something daring for me. I am having many of my students read The Rage of the 'Righteous' - which is controversial enough that a colleague who likes it told me - do not publish this under your name.
What's it about? Censorship has been a huge issue around the world - with so many topics off limits. The mildest references to sex used to be taboo. Playboy used to airbrush out the navels of models!! This censorship is different. It is the self-imposed censorship coming from fear - in this case, fear of Muslim retaliation for saying something not popular with Muslims - for I am writing about the rage of the Muslim "righteous."
I could write volumes about the Nazis and fear nothing. I could focus on nasty truths about the KKK and fear nothing. I could go on and on about rigid Christian fundamentalism and fear nothing. I could dig up some almost invisible racial prejudices of seemingly liberal whites and receive applause.
And when I wrote about stupid opinions, I did not have to pussyfoot around. I could let my frustration show. Maybe people would be less inclined to listen because they objected to how I was saying things, but that was the extent of it. No reason to fear for my safety.
But I wasn't - to get back to scary and non-scary groups - interested in focusing on Nazis or the KKK.
What interested me was Muslim outrage at a Danish cartoon - when there was a total lack of Muslim outrage at Muslims using the Muslim religion to do violence (suicide bombers blowing up lots of other Muslims along with themselves, for instance). It did not make sense to me.
What also did not make sense was that many nice Western liberals agreed with the Muslim response. How dare the Danish cartoonist make a cartoon depicting the Muslim prophet with his turban turned into a bomb? They did not go: how dare Muslims hold all Danes responsible for the cartoon, for example by taking Danish products off the shelves of stores. The same Muslims, after all, wanted to be judged as individuals - to stereotype Muslims was wrong, I've heard over and over, and I agree - but I hold equally that one must not stereotype Danes either.
But it's not the ideas in the piece that
I want to go into here. You can find them in The
Rage of the 'Righteous.' Here I will look at fear. In an entry
of its own.
As always, welcome into my world.
SEPTEMBER 3, 2006
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