Thursday, May 31, 2012
Some Things I've Been Thinking
1. Several of the bloggers I've enjoyed following for years are slowing down, posting less often, possibly losing interest, and/or transferring their energies elsewhere. I'm sure this is true of any activity, and some of my favorites continue as energetically and stimulatingly as ever, but I remember when blogging seemed so new. And now, with so many other ways of communicating and posting and having one's say--Twitter and Trumblr and Instagram and Facebook, and so on--is blogging becoming a bit . . . dowdy?
2. As with so many other "Others," when most of us (me, at least) think of Muslims, we think of some huge, undifferentiated sea of people, and at times, this thinking has some fear attached to it. It turns out, however, that Muslims as a group are as divided as any other group. As noted in the New York Times, "while many non-Muslims are now aware that there is a sectarian divide in Islam between Sunnis and Shiites, it is less commonly known that Syria is ruled largely by members of an esoteric Islamic sect, the Alawites, whose belief in the divinity of Ali, Muhammad’s cousin and son-in-law, is just one of the reasons that they were oppressed as infidels for centuries by other Muslims." These schisms continue to be enormously divisive and, in many places, deadly, leading to civil war and brutality and mayhem of all varieties. Since I was thinking about all this, I just googled to learn that Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda were/are Sunni. Are they the ones were supposed to be scared of? Is it possible that there are Sunnis who aren't scary? Most likely.
I suppose these could be questions for my pal the Discomfort Czar, who seemed to be unavailable the past couple weeks. Guess there's a lot of activity to take care of in the discomfort department.