Monday, July 26, 2010
Book Review:Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Infidel means meaning one who doubts or rejects the central tenets of a religion other than one's own or has no religious beliefs; especially in reference to Christianity or Islam. This book tells the authors journey to that point. It is a true story and very enlightning and offers some great perspective. The author loses a lot by putting her views and story and there and while I am not convinced it is worth her personal loses, she has this to say about that:
"...,some things must be said, and there are times when silence becomes an accomplice to injustice". Perhaps true, but but can you say easier said then done. Ayaan is incredibly brave if anything.
This passage I think summarizes best the difference between a childhood like most in the U.S. compared to many other places. It makes me so sad and feel so fortunate.
"People are always asking me what it's like to live with death threats. It's like being diagnosed with a chronic disease. It may flare up and kill you, but it may not. It could happen in a week, or not for decades.
The people who ask me t his usually have grown up in rih countries, Western Europe and America, after the Second World War. they take life for granted. Where I grew up, death is a constant visitor. A virus, bacteria, a parasite;drought and famine, soldiers, and torturers;could bring it to anyone, any time. Death comes riding on raindrops that turned to floods..."
After all that and how different our lives are, I can still find myself relating to the author in her questioning and journey through her religious up bringing. Excellent book!