Modernity & Ignorance

Living in the modern world requires ignorance.

I mean by this the active, intentional ignoring of things happening around you as well as to you. We’re required to ignore commercials and billboards and advertisements and a constant assault against our senses and better judgement in the First World as well as in the Third World (not to mention the Second World).

How else are we expected to function?

We have to ignore the chemicals in our food, the brutality of factory farming for our meat, the sweatshops that produce clothing, and the suffering that is fundamental to sustain our existence.

How else are we expected to function?

Those of us who make the choice not to ignore these things are treated with contempt. When we speak or write about these topics, we’re interrupting the bubble in which others choose to live comfortably. Besides, we are made to feel that we are powerless against an all-pervasive system.

Imagine a Euro-Amerikkkan family sitting down to eat their microwaved chemical-laden factory-farmed dinner in front of a television, channel-switching between a football game, a news program with Amerikkkan bombs falling on children in the Third World, and a sitcom with canned laughter.

How else are we expected to function?

This image should disgust all of us.

Instead, we’ve been conditioned to think that this is a perfectly acceptable tradition in the First World.

Ignorance means nothing and everything these days.

Those of us in the We$t live in a world that is structured around horrors. Corpses, suffering, misery, tragedy, war, genocide. These are the words that ought to provide us with a full vocabulary to describe global capitalism and the Amerikkkan Empire. Instead, these words are only said in fantasy films and news programs describing the crimes of others – those people out there.

How else are we expected to function?

In Arabic, the word kufr means “disbelief” or “arrogant rejection of the truth”. The root of kufr is kafara,which means “to cover over”, indicating that the act of kufr is the act of covering over the truth. Traditionally, many Muslims use the term kaafir to describe non-Muslims. However, I’d alternatively propose that all of us living through modernity (including myself) without engaging in a struggle against it are kuffaar.

We’re merely zombies among the living.

After all, what are we supposed to do – think!?

God forbid.

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