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Dare to refuse the origin myths that claim who you are

We all have the narratives for origin stories, identity myths, our tribal oral stories that give us a sense of security and belonging.

Sometimes our small-group identities can keep us from connecting with humanity as a whole — and even keep us from seeing others as human.

Chetan Bhatt challenges us to think creatively about each other and our future. As he puts it: it’s time to change the question from “Where are you from?” to “Where are you going?”

And I say: If you fail to elevate your human status to humanity, what have you been doing with your life?

This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxExeter, an independent event. TED editors featured it among our selections on the home page.

Chetan Bhatt · Sociologist, human rights activist. teaches and writes about the numerous dangers human rights face today from resurgent Far Right movements.

And I would also put it to you that exactly the same journey occurs for those young men and women who were brought up in Muslim family backgrounds. Most of those who join Al Qaeda and other Salafi jihadi groups from Europe, Asia, North America, even in many cases the Middle East are those who have comprehensively rejected their backgrounds to become, in essence, new people.

They spend an enormous amount of time attacking their parents’ backgrounds as profane, impure, blasphemous, the wrong type of Islam, and their vision instead is a fantastical view of cosmic apocalypse.

It’s a born again vision. Discard your past, your society, your family and friends since they’re all impure.

Instead, become someone else, your true self, your authentic self. Now, this isn’t about a return to the past.

It’s about using a forgery of the past to envision an appalling future which begins today at year zero. This is why over 80% of the victims of Al Qaeda and Islamic State are people from Muslim backgrounds. 

The first act by Salafi jihadi groups when they take over an area is to destroy existing Muslim institutions including mosques, shrines, preachers, practices.

Their main purpose is to control and punish people internally, to dictate the spaces that women may go, their clothing, family relations,beliefs, even the minute detail of how one prays.

And you get the impression in the news that they are after us in the West, but they are actually mainly after people from other Muslim backgrounds.

In their view, no other Muslim can ever be pure enough, so ordinary beliefs and practices that have existed for centuries are attacked as impure by teenagers from Birmingham or London who know nothing about the histories that they so joyously obliterate.

Not feeling I own my property

4 années vécues au Liban. En sus de mon dû à l’État, j’achetais mon électricité mensuellement, et mon Eau à la semaine.

Au quotidien, les frais annexes de mon appartement (dont j’étais propriétaire ) me faisaient dire qu’au Liban , vous avez beau être proprio, tout se passe comme si vous y seriez éternels locataires !

Et si on parlait de l’EAU au Liban. Une citerne par semaine et par famille .
À qui profite cette histoire d’Ô ?

Tout le monde sait que les villes ont 3 ou 4 rendez-vous annuels avec leurs rues devenues pataugeoires sous l’effet des précipitations dont on parle symptomatiquement alors que tous les ans les pouvoirs publics auraient pu en amont faire un travail de canalisation de cet or blanc pour les besoins des Libanais aux saisons sèches .

Hiberner … ou Citerner

N.B . mon IPad me conteste le mot citerner . Je l’amènerai avec moi au Liban en novembre, il comprendra …

Note: We dread the first rain in Lebanon after 7 months of dry weather: Every street is flooded because nothing is prevented before it rains. We should prefer one of those cyclones, devastating those shores stolen by private profiteers and denying us free clean beaches. i

“Facts” on Left-hand people?

Left-handers are the strange ones.  While they make up 10% of the population, it seems like society has forgotten about them.

According to many old wives tales, these people are a gift from the universe. (Probably from Indian tribes? Who attributed special qualities for the minorities?)

While the exact reason behind this phenomenon is still unclear, recent research shows that there might be a link between human genes and the environment and our surrounding. (Wow. Any other factors to add?)

It is also believed that most left-handers come from a family in which some of the members are already ‘lefty’.

The team of researchers found that the brain doesn’t function the same in right-handed and left-handed individuals.

Hence, left-handers are more independent as they are forced to deal with the majority of right-handed world? (Since designs target the vastest portion of population?)

Here are 24 facts about left-handers that you were probably unaware of:

1. It is estimated that 5-10 percent of the world population is left-handed

2. The word ‘left’ dates back to Anglo-Saxon era and it derives from the word ‘lyft”, which means weak or broken

3. Left-handers use the right part of their brain

4. Left-handed people are great in many sports, particularly tennis, baseball, boxing, and swimming

5. More than 40% of the most famous tennis players are left-handed (disturb the play of the right-handed methods?)

6. Left-handers are better in seeing clearly underwater compared to right-handed individuals

7. In fact, left-handers are at 3% higher of being addicted to alcohol intake.

8. left-handed college graduates eventually become richer by 26% more than right-handed ones.

9. Left-handers are late-bloomers, which means that they reach puberty five months later than right-handers.

10. Animals can also be left-handed (left-pawed).

11. In the U.S, 4 out 7 states are left-handed (Meaning they are in majority?)

12. Some of the longest words can be written with the left-hand include sweater, dresses, and tesserae decades.

13. In the past, left-handedness has been associated with criminal, homosexuality, and neurosis. Interestingly enough, it has been linked to musicality and creativity, too.

14. Left-handers are more prone to insomnia compared to right-handers.

15. Currently, there are more than 30 million left-handers in the U.S.

16. Statistics show that women who give birth in their 40s are at 128% higher chance of giving birth to a left-handed child.

17. Left-handers have their special day! August 13th is the International Left-Hander`s Day.

18. Due to their ability to process information more rapidly, left-handers experience emotions differently than right-handers.

19. Left-handed individuals are great in mathematics, spatial awareness, and architecture.

20. Medical experts claim that when a left-handed individual injures their dominant hand, they learn to use the right one very fast. This is much more difficult for right-handers.

21. Left-handers are more prone to allergies and asthma compared to right-handers.

22. left-handedness is a characteristic which runs in the family. For instance, Prince William, Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Mother, and Prince Charles are/were left-handed.

23. Out of the four Apollo astronauts, one of them was left-handed.

24. One of the most notorious killers in human history were left-handers. For instance, Jack the Ripper, Osama bin Laden, and Boston Stranglers were all left-handed.





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