The Crowning Irony OR Beyond the Near Horizon
July 8, 2013
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It would be the crowning irony if it came to pass that substantial portions of the more enlightened Arab-Muslim community in the Middle East and elsewhere are seeking to find common ground with Israel…and the main obstacle to that reconciliation are the most extreme Jihadists and reactionaries in the Islamic world together with the hardcore Marxists and their fellow-travellers of various stripes and degrees of prejudice and stupidity in the West.
It is a scenario that does not seem totally impossible, and that is one good reason NOT to fall into the trap of intransigent anti-Islamism and Israeli chauvinism while, at the same time, keeping our powder dry and eyes wide-open.
The article by Ed Husain which prompted those thoughts can be found here and I believe is important reading.
One of the wonderful side-benefits of blogging is that it forces me to engage with a wide diversity of opinion and information, mainly accessed through the Internet without which our lives would be immeasurably impoverished – and NO, I haven’t forgotten about the downside.
One great danger of a globalised world is that our frames of reference remain limited, selective and parochial. In short, we continue in our “comfort zone” or “mental rut” – call it what you will – sometimes deliberately ignorant of ideas, beliefs and events which lie beyond the near horizon. As Oliver Goldsmith misput it, “When ignorance is bliss, ’tis folly to be wise.“
On the contrary “When ignorance is bliss, ’tis folly not to be wise
“. For those of you who are prepared to spend the time, here are two sites always worth a visit…Kohelet Policy Forum
and Mosaic: advancing Jewish thought
.Visiting either will never leave you without intellectual nourishment and food for further thought and mental exploration.
is Daniel Gordis’s recent essay in the Jerusalem Post and accessed through Mosaic. It also is worth reading and pondering.
Your comments welcomed!