Samir’s Selection 03/06/2015 (p.m.)

  • tags: goal objectivity projectmanagement accountability teamworking management quantification incentive collaboration

  • tags: atheism politics religion freedom USpolitics USconstitution publicpolicy

    • First, America’s absolute separation of church and state is what makes it possible for even the most passionate forms of religious belief (or non-belief) to co-exist, given that no religious or ideological group can hope to invoke state power against its rivals, and nobody is intimidated by blasphemy laws. That works better, he has concluded, than the mild forms of religious privilege that exist in most European countries.
    • Second, campaigning for freedom of thought and expression lacks credibility if (as is usually the case) it emphasises the plight of one particular group. “You cannot protest about the Rohingya Muslims in Burma unless you also care about the fate of Christians in places where they are oppressed.”
  • tags: film filmreview Mali jihad violence

    • Sissako, the filmmaker, told the Times, “To portray a jihadist as simply a bad guy, who does not in any way resemble me, who’s completely different, that’s not completely true.” The jihadist, he said, is “also a fragile being. And fragility is an element that can make anybody tip over into horror.”
    • “Timbuktu” embraces free will, and tries to understand what influences and complicates the choices people make with that free will. We should try to do the same. The binaries of good and evil are no longer useful, and neither is simplifying the problem of religious extremism between two poles, secular modernity and fundamentalist brutality. Most find their joy somewhere in between and won’t suddenly be seduced to the dark side by a film just because it tells a story in which they can see themselves. As new recruits continue to flock to the Islamic State terror group, and as Boko Haram maintains its core of support, “Timbuktu” tells us that the other is just like us, though on a perverted path, and that all is not lost. There’s hope for humanity yet.

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