The Risks of Revolution
After the euphoria of Tunisia and Egypt, Qaddafi’s defiance provides a reminder that revolutions are often bloody and uncertain for their duration, says Wendell Steavenson.
All the odds were against the recent democratic uprisings in the Middle East. So with our predictive capacities so embarrassingly feeble, we should appeal to a narrative that unifies Arab people against their oppressors: "The idea that Arab governments should respond to their citizens instead of ruling them is almost unprecedented. The people of the Middle East, like Emile Habiby’s tragicomic hero Saeed the Pessoptimist, have been subject to the vicissitudes of their history: occupation, empire, emir. Saeed resists the lures of both optimism and pessimism."
Harvard psychologists discover why we dislike the people who deliver bad news.
- A new study looked at why people tend to "shoot the messenger".
- It's a fact that people don't like those who deliver them bad news.
- The effect stems from our inherent need to make sense of bad or unpredictable situations.
He reminds us that meaning is wherever we choose to look.
- This is in contradiction to the notion that an inner essence is waiting to be discovered.
If life exists on Mars, there's a good chance it's related to us, say researchers.
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