IF IT DOESN'T
I CAN'T LET GO
A few things about me.
If something doesn't make sense to me, I can't let go. It was like that when I was a kid. And it was like that with the Danish cartoon.
It just didn't make sense that so many Muslims were offended, when they weren't expressing any offence at the murder of thousands of Muslims by Muslims. And the Western response - acquiescence - made even less sense to me.
Human rights - I've cared about those all my life. When I was a child, though my family didn't have much money, I was proud to give 10 cents a week to the Red Cross.
And I felt such a sense of betrayal when, years later, I learned that 97.5 percent of the money never got to hungry children. My family had less money than the people who got the money - administrators at the Red Cross! I could have kept the money and gotten 2 candy bars! I learned how important it is to check where money is going - to check about the truth.
human rights - those have been lifelong concerns. Male female equality, racial equality, the equality of all sexual orientations. The need to end world hunger, and the corruption of many government officials who pocket what is supposed to go to the hungry.
Islam - it made no sense to me that the West was not totally against the human rights violations upheld by many Islamic religious texts, and upheld by Sharia, and in so many Islamic countries. It still does not make emotional sense to me. But I've done a lot to understand why the West is reacting as it does. PC - for me it no long stands for politically correct. I'm not sure quite what it stands for. Right now I'm trying out Petrified Chicken - meaning the people we see as politically correct are frozen in fear.
Back to: a few things important to me. People with courage and caring. As a child I loved Helen Keller (deaf and blind but she learned to speak, and spoke before large groups), Elizabeth Blackwell (first American woman doctor), Clara Barton (first female nurse to go to the front lines in the American Civil War, and founder of the American Red Cross).
I also loved Superman and Wonder Woman. And Jo from Little Women. And Heidi. People who dared to do things. Unconventional people. Strong and caring.
That interest in people - maybe that's a considerable part of the impetus to interview people who do something when they see something wrong going on.
Then, creativity - that's been at the core of things for me. Reading stories. Writing stories. Imagining myself in stories - the heroine who saved the wagon train and found true love, all together.
Creativity. I've written masses of poetry, spoken word, songs. I've done videos and images. And I love creative thinking as well - good thinking, letting ideas and facts come together, letting them wander around in my mind.
Doing things. Taking action. Speaking out. I care to do something, not just sit on the sidelines and complain. But what to do? Throughout my life, I've found different things to do - including teaching subjects as varied as Women's Studies, critical thinking skills, and ethics.
With Islam as with other things,
it hasn't been easy to figure out what to do. Yes, I addressed issues in class. Yes, I wrote articles and published them on the site I was developing. But Islam - it was clearly a huge force. How to make a major difference? This teleseminar series is far from the first thing I've tried. It is what has touched people most. We will see what's next.
What has it been like for me, figuring out what Islam is about, and then trying to find an effective thing to do?
I've written about that over and over, in bits and pieces:
Elsa, truth sleuth
The pain of confusion
Finding hidden knowledge
What do I care about? Here are some videos.
I even wrote a bit about myself, in the letter I sent out to people, asking them if I could interview them.
For Elsa's blog, recent videos, and more, click here:
Elsa Truth Sleuth, Truth Seeker,
Human Rights Activist.
The ethics of care combined with
great critical thinking.
To go from truth seeker and human rights activist
to the home page of this project
on understanding Islam and Islamic beliefs,
as well as political correctness,
To go to more resources that are
for the truth about Islam and Muslim culture,
the truths about the politically correct West
and Western values,
WORLD TRUTH SUMMIT
Personal Journeys Toward Difficult Truths:
Understanding Islam, Understanding the West
likely including ...
Eric Allen Bell
Majed El Shafie