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Prayer for tolerance--the monster is in our midst

May 11th 2015 at 8:21 PM

Daiyamondo yori Heiwa ga Hoshii (We want peace,For more hot-sale information about Discharge Paste Binder,Hot sale Discharge Paste Binder you can search our official website and buy Discharge Paste Binder. not diamonds), published in 2005, is a haunting account of a child soldier who was shot up with drugs to become a killing machine in Sierra Leone and was later rehabilitated.

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After freelance journalists and others were kidnapped and Shosei Koda was killed (by Iraqi militants), the Japanese media kept hysterically bashing the hostages, asserting over and over that those individuals had nobody to blame but themselves for what befell them, Kameyama notes.

The Japanese media sent freelancers to Iraq with no guarantee of their safety, and disavowed all responsibility the moment a problem arose. That is exactly the sort of relationship you expect between shady agents and the day laborers they recruit. Yet, freelance journalists return to battlefields because they can learn that what happens there is not something we are safely distant from, and that our peaceful life, which we take for granted, actually stands on foundations that are quite flimsy. The hostage crisis triggered a slew of discourse on the Islamic State. Many called it a fanatical terrorist group and denounced it as inhuman. But are Islamic State militants really monsters that defy our power of imagination?

If Taharas observation is accurate, we should be well familiar with their utter contempt for human empathy as something that ought to be completely done away with. The monster is not some faraway existence but is right in our midst at all times. The February issue of the Gendai Shiso (Contemporary thought) magazine ran a feature on what may be termed anti-intellectualism that is emerging in segments of society. Takashi Sakai, an expert on history of social thought, refers to xenophobic, racist and every kind of discriminatory and abusive language that flies around online today. He points out that people who use such language are not really anti-intellectual, but rather subscribe to a form of intellectualism that makes them despise people or things that they condemn as unintellectual.

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Grant then that we may mutually aid each other to support the burden of a painful and transitory life; that the trifling differences in the garments that cover our frail bodies, in our insufficient languages, in our ridiculous customs, in our imperfect laws, in our idle opinions, in all our conditions so disproportionate in our eyes, and so equal in yours, that all the little variations that differentiate the atoms called men not be signs of hatred and persecution ... .

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