Tag: culture

Why We Should Ignore Terrorists and Murderers

So I vaguely heard something about another shooting recently and kindly asked not to hear any more

Why?

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but a lot of these people who go HAYWIRE and shoot up buildings full of people or commit terrorist acts do so for ONE PRIMARY REASON…

Attention.

Yup.

Consider those loooong manifestos they leave, or the nature of the crime, which is usually targeted against one specific group (a race, religion, age group, etc.) containing a statement in and of itself.

Don’t you think that most of these murderers weighed their options and decided it would be worth the risk to commit these horrible acts of violence? I bet you that a large part of that motivation was the infamy and public attention they knew they’d receive from the media and in private conversations.

Let’s also glimpse at the other side of the argument: What are the positive aspects of spreading this story?

  1. Remembrance of the deceased — but people die everyday and we don’t feel the need to know all their names and remember them if we didn’t know them personally…
  2. Awareness — though I think we’re all aware that these kinds of bad things happen by now…

It is my opinion/belief that if the cultural norm was for the media to downplay or totally ignore airing such horrible tragedies then we’d have much fewer of them.

What do you think?

God bless,

~Shams

 

Language and the Cultural Conscience

I’ve found that, especially pertaining to spiritual matters, translations between language loose the very essence of their meaning. For example din in Arabic is often translated to as “faith” or “religion” when it fact it means something closer to “the way you live your life in accordance to your spiritual beliefs” and contains many underlying connotations and cultural understandings that cannot be understood by people who are not intimately familiar with the culture. You see each place and people has a CULTURAL CONSCIOUSNESS from which they naturally draw much of their understanding and experience of the world. The negative here is that it causes people to be very ETHNOCENTRIC. ~Jones

DeBeers Marketing Campaign is out to HOMOGENIZE CULTURES with Diamonds!

Well ok, I’m not sure that destroying foreign cultures is really their main objective. THEY JUST WANT TO SELL DIAMONDS. That’s their goal. But in their narrow-sightedness they’re going to take away a chunk of diversity. I’m not sure why I feel this is a bad thing. Maybe it’s because it’s interesting to learn from each others’ cultures, and it’s difficult to do that if everyone’s culture is the same.

Anyways, I was watching the “Inside: De Beer ” show on Netflix, where they give you an inside glimpse into the company. And the CEO type guy working there was very strait forward. He talks about how they’re still trying to get the message accepted that engagement rings must be diamonds in countries like China and India. He said that it’s doing well in China, and looking hopeful for India as well. They have a marketing team on it of course and it’s all just business. But on this scale it could have ADVERSE CULTURAL EFFECTS.

Stan Lee once wrote “With great power comes great responsibility!” This is one such case. Companies that are culturally and globally influential need to keep an eye out for these things. Or we need to keep one out for them!

~Jones