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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.


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