› Diabetes as a metaphor in Qatar
“Many visitors and reporters in the Gulf have commented, sometimes rather insensitively, about the sudden, severe problem of obesity among wealthy citizens over the past decades, medical conditions that were almost completely non-existent before the oil boom. These observers seem to feel that the…
On his time in prison, Vaclav Havel writes: “One is exhilarated, one has everything imaginable, one neither needs nor wants anything any longer—and yet simultaneously, it seems as though one had nothing, that one’s happiness were no more than a tragic mirage, with no purpose and leading nowhere. In short, the more wonderful the moment, the more clearly that telltale question arises: and then what? What more? What else? What next? What is to be done with it and what will come of it? It is … an experience of the finite … a glimpse into the abyss of the infinite, of uncertainty, of mystery. There is simply no where else to go—except into emptiness, into the abyss itself.”
This is why the question of the veil is complex. It raises questions philosophically, politically and personally. It is influenced by events in the outside world. The veil is elusive, recurring, a symbol of private matters made public and public matters made private. What is most amazing is how many threads of history it has taken to weave together this most complex of cloths.
The veil: a declaration of independence
“The Veil: Meaningfully Meaningless or Meaninglessly Meaningful” - Someone should write that book