Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Liquidation Totale

I've just read an article called "It's time to herald the Arabic science that prefigured Darwin and Newton", by Jim Al-Khalili. I know that science flourished in Arabic civilisation, while Europe was in it's "dark ages", and I might agree this could be better taught in schools.
However, the sub-headline reads, "in this era of intolerance and cultural tension, the west needs to appreciate the fertile scholarship that flowered with Islam."

And to this I would say, "why"?

I believe that some ill-feeling towards "the West" is more than justified, and I think things like "solving terrorism" are impossible without accepting that. However, while the actions of "the West" may provoke (sadly misguided) angry young men to blow people up, it is the Fundamental Islamists who really need to appreciate Arabic scholarly past, not "the West".
Anyway, "the West" is too busy shopping and watching TV serials to be bothered.

But that's not my point. It is not helpful to talk about "the West" as distinct from Islam/Arab. Whatever those IDIOTIC religions we are subject to like to think, the history of the lands around the Mediterranean sea is all one. It does not help people to encourage them to make a distinction, as if one might have been possible without the other. There is no "one" or "the other" - they are the same thing.

So, yeah, when we've finished shopping and enjoying the return of "Gladiators" to our screens, maybe we should appreciate all of our Important Historical Culture.

But not too much, ok? I can't be doing with people getting all "proud of their heritage". Are you proud of your heritage? You're a dangerous lunatic who needs to be locked up, frankly, if you do, you mentalist. Be proud of what you've done, and by all means be interested in your heritage, but not proud of it - you didn't have anything to do with it, dumbass! It wasn't you! Get a brain! Remember, whatever your heritage is, you are a person, like all other people, so essentially you are similar to everyone on the planet, "Arab", "Asian", or, though it galls me to admit it, "Victoria Beckham".

Bit of a ramble... kind of lost my way somewhere... here's a video!

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