| Hugh Fitzgerald: The Task You Have Taken Upon Yourself
| Monday, January 25, 2016
|In the Western world, almost 15 years after the 9/11 attacks, and
after many thousands of other terrorist attacks by Muslims, why are
Western publics still so ill-informed about Islam?
One reason has to do with the way people now find out, not only about
Islam, but about so much else. The Internet has helped foster the Age
of Distraction, of Triviality, of Hectic Vacancy. We are all now victims
of heedless ephemerality, which gets in the way not only of learning
about Islam, but of learning about anything.
Think of the passing parade
of online stories, where the Insects of An Hour take up so much of our
attention — how many billions of man-hours are spent clicking on sites
that the whirligig of time proffers: something about Jennifer Aniston
today, and something about Jennifer Lawrence tomorrow; an invitation to
take a gander and gawk at the photographs showing us just how
breathtakingly beautiful George Clooney’s house in Italy is, or that of
John Krasinski and Emily Blunt in the Hollywood Hills.
And surely you
need to know what John Travolta tweeted yesterday, or Shaquille O’Neal
the day before that, on the subject of racism at the Oscars. And then
there are Dr. Oz’s miracle creams, which have done so much for Cher, and
Demi Moore, and Meryl Streep – you mustn’t miss that. And then there
are the indispensable lists, for which you click and click away: the
fifty richest people in the world; the ten most livable cities for
retirees in America; the fourteen favorite hobbies of Heisman Trophy
winners; the six most tried-and-true recipes for pumpkin pie; and so on,
and so idiotically forth.
How much time do you have left to find out
about Islam? Another reason for the widespread refusal to recognize the nature of Islam is that so many of us – especially our leaders, those who are supposed to protect and instruct us — just don’t know what would follow from that recognition, that is, what would be demanded of them. Better to keep repeating the same vapid assurances, hoping that somehow things will work out. But just look at Europe today, or just look at the stories put up at Jihad Watch for the last week. What could you, Angela Merkel or David Cameron, do at this point?
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|posted by D.Swami Gwekanandam @ 8:21 PM