—Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, as tweeted by Rabbi Aaron Spiegel

Today I viewed hundreds of photos looking for an image that might help convey the critical perspective of Binyavanga Wainaina in our upcoming program on the ethics of aid in Africa, and more specifically Kenya. I was left a bit heavy-hearted. And then I saw this inspiring quote from a new friend in Indianapolis. I can’t thank him enough (and, if you’re interested, he’s got a great recommendation for cigars in Indy).

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MEA CULPA . . . Mea Culpa . . . the ashura ritual could be the origins of the lighter "beating of the chest" an action familiar to Catholics practicing in the 50's & 60's . . .and 70's ? The discussion which Vali Nasr lead today was quite interesting . However I was incredulous as I listened to his conclusion. He mentioned that the youth of Iraq and Iran, and alas, the Middle East in general; wanted the same things that could be experienced in Dubai today. Apparently, the newly "democratized" countries of the Middle East would be enjoying MALLS . . . just like all the rest of the capitalistic societies. Ironically just today there were random shootings at a Mall in America on the West Coast.
Is this what the spiritual evolution of these religious sects will ultimately conclude. The MALLING of America may effectively become a MAULING not unlike the barbaric behavior of what the civilized world accuses the UN-civilized. Mr. Nasr's conclusion seemed very shallow to me !

MEA CULPA . . . Mea Culpa . . . the ashura ritual could be the origins of the lighter "beating of the chest" an action familiar to Catholics practicing in the 50's & 60's . . .and 70's ? The discussion which Vali Nasr lead today was quite interesting . However I was incredulous as I listened to his conclusion. He mentioned that the youth of Iraq and Iran, and alas, the Middle East in general; wanted the same things that could be experienced in Dubai today. Apparently, the newly "democratized" countries of the Middle East would be enjoying MALLS . . . just like all the rest of the capitalistic societies. Ironically just today there were random shootings at a Mall in America on the West Coast.
Is this what the spiritual evolution of these religious sects will ultimately conclude. The MALLING of America may effectively become a MAULING not unlike the barbaric behavior of what the civilized world accuses the UN-civilized. Mr. Nasr's conclusion seemed very shallow to me !

MEA CULPA . . . Mea Culpa . . . the ashura ritual could be the origins of the lighter "beating of the chest" an action familiar to Catholics practicing in the 50's & 60's . . .and 70's ? The discussion which Vali Nasr lead today was quite interesting . However I was incredulous as I listened to his conclusion. He mentioned that the youth of Iraq and Iran, and alas, the Middle East in general; wanted the same things that could be experienced in Dubai today. Apparently, the newly "democratized" countries of the Middle East would be enjoying MALLS . . . just like all the rest of the capitalistic societies. Ironically just today there were random shootings at a Mall in America on the West Coast.
Is this what the spiritual evolution of these religious sects will ultimately conclude. The MALLING of America may effectively become a MAULING not unlike the barbaric behavior of what the civilized world accuses the UN-civilized. Mr. Nasr's conclusion seemed very shallow to me !

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