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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Bravery

My wife and I laugh and mock when Hollywood types pat themselves on the back for their bravery. They choose a role designed to get them critical applause and an Oscar and they tell us how brave they have been by, say, playing the role of a gay man confronting bigots, for example. There is nothing brave in that and their well-practiced gravitas and denunciation of the straw men that they build up in the movies are just an extension of the make-believe worlds in which they live and work.

That isn’t to deny artistic merit or even to say that there aren’t truly meaningful movies or is it to say that all of their words are playacting; it’s merely to note that there isn’t much bravery required to cash big checks, denounce racism, and collect awards.

Bravery is something else entirely. If you want bravery, then look to the cover of the latest Time magazine and you will see the face of a brave woman.

Our cover image this week is powerful, shocking and disturbing. It is a portrait of Aisha, a shy 18-year-old Afghan woman who was sentenced by a Taliban commander to have her nose and ears cut off for fleeing her abusive in-laws. Aisha posed for the picture and says she wants the world to see the effect a Taliban resurgence would have on the women of Afghanistan…

If I ever seem proud of my own bravery--or overly proud at my small accomplishments--someone slap me and point me back to this young woman.

Read the rest. Beware: it is, very honestly, a disturbing image.

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jed

There is no corner of hell hot enough for the types of people who would inflict such treatment upon another. And yet, in their minds, they are right with god. Such is the nature of zealotry, and we see it time and again, though not always with a religious frosting.

on Jul 29 2010 @ 04:20 PM

Whenever someone sneers at the idea of referring to al Queda and the Taliban as evil, I think about things like this. I honestly don’t know a better word to use.

on Jul 29 2010 @ 04:24 PM
VRB

Now a job title bestows the element of heroism and bravery.

on Jul 30 2010 @ 03:31 AM
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