I am currently reading Karen Armstrong’s Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence. In the past, I have read her A History of God and The Case for God. In a world of intolerance and unreason, I find Ms Armstrong to be a refreshing case of tolerance and reason.
What got me started on Ms Armstrong’s most recent book was the latest round of ill-informed Islam-bashing from media talking heads, left-wing and right. Sure enough, Ms Armstrong weighed in on the topic:
“It fills me with despair,” she said in an interview on Salon,“because this is the sort of talk that led to the concentration camps.”
The reference was to a recent airing of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, in which author Sam Harris - to Bill Maher’s glee - referred to Islam as “the motherlode of bad ideas.”
Next thing, I was downloading Ms Armstrong’s book.
The only purpose of media talking heads, I am convinced, is to stoke our emotions - which is the very last thing our already fragile brains need. The world is perplexing and disturbing enough without the likes of Bill Maher or his counterparts at Fox News and elsewhere prodding our collective amygdala.
I will keep this brief: In closing, I appeal to a different part of the brain, a mystical part, the atman, the higher self, or what Lincoln referred to as the better angels of our nature. Basically, we are far more enlightened beings than the media and our politicians mistake us to be.
The best way to personally validate this is to pull the plug on your TV and radio and internet, and enjoy the quiet. Tap into who you really are and let your thoughts and actions flow from there.
Published On: January 27, 2015
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