Originally Posted by aydee
Very interesting, Grea. Scientists have this wonderful way of zooming out to a really macro view of things that we take at face value.
There is nothing that I really disagree with in anything DMC has said, except that I think the answers lie elsewhere. To quote Russell Brand ( of all people..!!! )
'The answer is not for us to move further from one another, crouched in opposing fortresses constructed from vindictive words.
We need now to move closer to one another, to understand one another in order to fight extremism.
That's a great quote from Bertrand. As long as everyone buys into that, great progress is possible. Indeed, that's the only way humanity has progressed.
All we have to do is hope the misguided faction comes to realize that beheading critics, silencing artists and musicians, mutilating criminals, raping little girls, forcing conversion and honor killings are highly inappropriate, and then we can all move closer together for a brighter future. Most people in liberal first-world democracies are willing to do that. But we are no more willing to give up our commitment to democracy and human rights, than the extremist faction is willing to give up its hatred of these things.