IN PLACE OF THOUGHT
THE NEW YORKER
POSTED BY TEJU COLE
In 1913, a compilation of Gustave Flaubert's satirical definitions was posthumously published as "Le Dictionnaire des Idées Reçues" ("The Dictionary of Received Ideas"). Flaubert hated cliché, a hatred that expressed itself not only in the pristine prose of "Madame Bovary" but also in his letters and notes on the thoughtless platitudes of the day. "The Dictionary of Received Ideas" is a complaint against automatic
Against the Gospel of "Africa Rising"
Almost ten years ago, Binyavanga Wainana mocked the relentless bashing of Africa for what it is: ignorance. Nowadays, however, a new gospel could use similar deriding: "tell them six of the ten fastest growing economies in the world are in Africa; drop names like Aliko Dangote and Isabel Dos Santos alongside Magatte Wade and Bethlehem Alemu; point to the 300 million middle class Africans; showcase the bustling cafes and glossy shopping malls
The salvation of humanity lies in the religious instinct in all of us; it is the forcible repression of this instinct, either by the individual or by society, which is the enemy of peace. Universal salvation rests on progression and probation.
Since "Good" is just one of our name's for God, as proven by the expletive "Good God !", "As above, so below" displays "the proper order of things", where "the nature of mortality reflects the nature of the cosmos"....
The data also comes from various sources, including the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the World Bank, various bits of the UN offices and Peace Institutes and the Economist Intelligence Unit.
Top unpeaceful countries
Congo, Democratic Republic of
It is an unfortunate fact that wherever we look, we can find instances of governments and religious institutions continuing on in their blinkered mindset long after events have outrun the "concern". Great and even minor ships of state are very hard to turn around; and many even founder on rocks of their own making.
Democracies are better than totalitarian states at avoiding risks (they are better informed through a broad education, and a free people), but are still subject to the