Re: Ahmadinejad in US
Very interesting discussion.
However, I'll agree with those that say that it was not a bad idea to let him state his ideas, regardless of how radical they are.
I truly think that Ahmadinejad does not believe everything he says, especially when it comes to talking about denying the holocaust.
Homophobia, on the other hand is a more delicate issue in which a great deal of the arab community follows the Quoran when it comes making up there minds as to wether it is okay to like the same sex.
The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day. That is real freedom. The alternative is unconsciousness, the default-setting, the “rat race” — the constant gnawing sense of having had and lost some infinite thing. It is about simple awareness — awareness of what is so real and essential, so hidden in plain sight all around us, that we have to keep reminding ourselves, over and over: “This is water, this is water.” It is unimaginably hard to do this, to stay conscious and alive, day in and day out. - David Foster Wallace