Racial discrimination is no longer discussed today. I must say Martin Luther King did well- no more lynching no more white robes no more hatred among races.
Racism might be just another violent human reaction that is no longer considered visible- no Ku Klux Klan and black Americans struggle to become presidents, thus people think it’s safe to assume that racial discrimination is another thing of the past. But what we do not know is that there is another form of discrimination far more dangerous and sensitive- and that is religious discrimination.
Religion is a sensitive topic and people are too sensitive not to think about it. We only think, but we do not speak about it. We refuse to speak about religious beliefs because we are not comfortable sharing our religion among people with different religious influence. And so, I want to acknowledge the character of Khan in the movie My Name is Khan, a man with strong Muslim faith who made the world realize that terrorism isn’t always defined by religion. Terrorists are not Christians. Terrorists are not Buddhists. Terrorists are not Muslims. Terrorists are human beings. Human beings have the ability to choose and understand the consequences of our actions. Before we were introduced to religion we were introduced to choices and consequences. Crusades and wars in the past were influenced by the thought of achieving power, money, and resources. And it’s just so sick to realize that religions are being considered by some as the reason for all the negativity in the world such as racism, hatred, and wars. What we fail to realize is that religion is man-made, only guided by the power of the divine. And we go back to the original sinners, the gods living here in the city of man- humans.
Religious discrimination is ugly. Forget that love of freedom to hate and discriminate. Let’s go grab some yogurt and change the world.
Jared Diamond’s theories about “Guns, Germs and Steel” may look simple but quite exceptional. Diamond led me back to the early societies and the rise of civilization in the fields of medicine, agriculture, warfare and finally, survival. Thus, a broad understanding of human history.
I agree with Diamond’s claim that geography is a contributing factor in the rise and fall of human societies. Continent by continent each lived in abundance and scarcity. Geography determines the distribution of wealth and supply in every society, which can greatly affect a society’s survival. And so, Diamond provided a comprehensive explanation why Europeans became more progressive rather than those from the Papua New Guinea in terms of agriculture, food production and technology. It supports the fact that even the political and economic successes of a society rely on ecological differences between continents.
Jared Diamond’s study had completely answered the common question as to why the Europeans ended up conquering the early societies, if not, the whole world.
Guns, Germs and Steel shaped our idea of human civilization. Diamond might have discussed a lot of significant theories involving humanity but the only part I found very distracting in the movie was the participation of religion. Was it just a part of the conquest or was it merely religion as we see it?
And so, Guns, Germs and Steel for me, revolves in one idea: conquests and survival.
Galileo Galilei was a fearless and fearful rebel. He was a scientist alright, and scientists need to rebel and change the established tradition and authorities in order to explore knowledge. And so, intellectual humans came up with the term- science questions to argue against the religious beliefs.
Galileo’s discovery did not only fuel other scientists to attack reliance on authority but he also freed other minds to explore without being trapped by religion. That was the essence of Scientific Revolution.
The movie did not only talk about Galileo but also the fate of other scientists who were not allowed to explore and experiment. It is a movie that is not merely portraying the status of science during the 16th– 17th century AD but the never-ending power struggle between science and religion. When cloning was discovered, the church was the first and only one who showed resistance against such great discovery.
The book was entitled “Dialogue” perhaps because during such times, Galileo, like the method of Socrates, argued and discussed with other enlightened men so as to achieve knowledge.
To sum up, two absurd things keep running in my head today: scientists continue to become evil creatures, and as what Adam and Eve learned: knowledge is evil. And if such things insist to exist, the revolution continues.