March 26, 2010

☫ One body and two world models

Opinions  If thou hast no sympathy...
Limbs: A body and two world models

The children of Adam are limbs of each other
Having been created of one essence.
When the calamity of time afflicts one limb
The other limbs cannot remain at rest.
If thou hast no sympathy for the troubles of others
Thou art unworthy to be called by the name of a man.

When last year President Obama borrowed these words from Sa'di - a 13th century Islamic poet from Iran - I could not help to wonder what he meant in bigger detail. Thankfully, Bush comes to clarify which part of the body American leaders consider themselves to be, and as what other part of the body they see the rest of the peoples of the world.

Here are two videos with different interpretations of the same Sa'di poem. Who is populist and who really means it?


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