From Alban Berg’s Lulu, and the Journey from Humiliation to Dignity, from the “Machine Principle” to the “Life Principle” Evelin Lindner November 22, 2015
Khan concludes that the terrorists’ antipluralist mission is aimed at breaking the world into two opposed camps, jihadis and crusaders, locked in an apocalyptic battle, that fits into their own, reductive world view. Indeed, many analysists believe that the Paris attacks were deliberately designed to increase xenophobia and resentment. And they succeeded; attacks upon Muslims have increased in France and elsewhere. As former Islamic State captive Nicolas Hénin explains it: “They will be heartened by every sign of overreaction, of division, of fear, of racism, of xenophobia; they will be drawn to any examples of ugliness on social media.” The second example comes from the so-called Neo-Dalit movement in India, which identifies two main problems facing the country: a culture of impunity, and the context of market democracy and economic globalization: “…the Neo-fascist Hindutva project is used to perpetuate caste domination and allow the Indian leaders to realise profit by selling the country to national and international companies… this economic deregulation marginalised lower castes, and therefore, strengthened social division based on castes.” The suggested call for action goes as follows: In the final analysis, we wish to emphasise three ways that the Neo-Dalit movement must take to improve their political, economic and social conditions. First, we may fight against political repression and impunity by legal process. Many human rights organisations are already fighting the system to transform the Brahmanical ‘rule of the lord’ by coercing them respect the imperfect ‘rule of the law’. Secondly, the social impunity should be defeated by changing cognitive weakness. It made some people victim of their inferiority complex and other tormentors due to their superiority complex. We need to create commons forums for NeoDalit, in order to break the wall of silence, which leads to the acceptation of this situation. We need to launch a speech (read dialogue) process, which will teach them that they are equal and that they share common interest. PVCHR is developing nearly two hundred model villages based on concept of Neo-Dalit movement. The Neo-Dalit movement is a sign of hope, honour and human dignity for the most marginalised people facing discrimination based on race, caste, religion and gender. The Nelson Mandela model is the path for PVCHR’s Neo- Dalit movement to bring unity of different communities against the caste system, feudalism, communal-Fascism and Neo-Liberalism, through reconciliation for justice and human dignity against the culture of impunity based on silence. It promises to contribute, in posterity, to the pluralistic democracy in the world.
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This is a story of an opera and how it applies to deep questions about the nature of reality, of what is and what ought to be. These questions pertain also to modern-day topics ranging as far as terrorism, gender relations, or music theory. This text starts with a brief description of the opera, and then addresses its relevance to concepts of masculinity, love, and music.
Evelin Gerda Lindner (born May 13, 1954, in Hameln, Germany) is a German-born psychologist and trans-disciplinary scholar in social sciences and humanities, and a principal founder of the emerging field of dignity and humiliation studies. She is mainly based in Norway.
Lindner is originally a physician and a clinical psychologist, and holds doctorates in both social medicine and social psychology. Her research focuses on human dignity, and she believes that the humiliation of honor and dignity may be among the strongest obstacles on the way to a decent world community. She is the Founding President of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies(HumanDHS), a global trans-disciplinary fellowship of concerned academics and practitioners who wish to promote dignity and transcend humiliation.
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