Ayaan Hirsi Ali - A True hero and a modern day Thinker
When I read her book, Infidel, I discovered a true hero, the first since I had grown up and discarded all the cardboard heroes of the cricketing kind. Now, when I hear her speak, as in the video below, I realise that she is one of the clearest thinking modern day thinkers on a topic on which almost all the seven billion of us are actually thinking . . . or so we would like to believe.
Spare the half an hour (just under 28 minutes really) and trust me you wont regret it. Do not leave in between howsoever important the calling for right till the end (even in the 28th minute) she floors you with gems in this interview over her book "Nomad"
It doesn't matter what your views on religion in general or Islam in particular, just listen to this with a completely open mind . . .
Its difficult to believe that she is just 42 (just last week on the 13th) and add to that the fact that she comes from an ultra conservative and deeply religious Muslim family from a country like Somalia and you wonder what those of us who have been luckier in so many ways have made of the hands life has dealt us.
I realise that her views on certain matters are controversial and some may find them not to their liking. To them I would still request to listen to her in full and try, please try, to leave your personal thinking aside and try to listen to the overall flow and logic of her thinking and I think you will come away from it with some real thought provoking concepts. The idea is not to ask you to agree with every word of what she says. It is impossible for people who have such strong and clear convictions not to appear too strong headed particularly to those of us who have convictions in the opposite direction.
Yet it is a talk worth taking time to listen to.
Hope you enjoy it. I did as I have all of her debates and interviews before.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali on her new book "Nomad"