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I am Allergic to Prediction Articles 13 October 2008

Posted by MOZAFFAR in Misc.

We turn to scholars, experts, and pundits to help make sense of the information and phenomenon in the world around us. On September 11, 2001 we faced an event that — as Americans — did not fit into our scheme of understandings (and for this discussion it is besides that point that our nation has a history of imposing worse atrocities on millions of others). Thus, when witnessing 9/11/01, we flocked to “experts” to tell us how to make sense of the event. We were taught that a band of bearded freedom-hating savages in the mountains of Afghanistan organized it.

But, it did not end there. We were taught that there would be more such attacks.

I am allergic to experts giving me predictions. But, these predictions are not limited to terrorism “experts.” We find them everywhere. Diet. Family. Society. Some experts predict some period of serenity. Most predict some sort of catastrophe.

The ethos that propels such cultural practice is an ethos that lives on fear. Meaning, we are taught that such an event is an indication that an apocalypse is coming. But, rarely do these “experts” ever tell us what we need: a prescription to prevent the apocalypse. If anything, we are given something sweeping in nature that tramples over all sense of right and wrong.

Nevertheless, the problem is that we are taught that to be healthy is to be afraid, and thus we have developed this addiction to fear and worry. If we had nothing to worry about, we would worry that we are not worried, at least that is what I predict.

And Allah knows best.



1. Tazeen - 17 October 2008

In this day and age of media insanity, it looks the everyone from writers, to columnists to news anchors are busy in predicting. Whats ironic is that they dont even apologise at their regularly inaccurate predictions and continue with more of the same.

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