This book is filled with surprises for thoughtful, adventurous readers who value questioning their assumptions about people and society. It helped me begin to see the perfume and the scorpion: the overlay and reality; the hypocrisy and self-deception in ourselves and our institutions. Compelling arguments, imagery and illustrative anecdotes from contemporary life appear to be scattered about haphazardly. But it’s deliberate. It switches our attention and helps foster flexibility. The modern content set in a non-linear traditional structure also gives us a glimpse of the atmosphere and methods of the classic books by the Asian greats like Rumi, Jami and Hafiz. At the same time, it provides a clear direct exposition of the Sufi way.
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Has it not occurred to you that, conversely, other people do not have your difficulties because they do not react as you do to what happens?
UNESCO/Idries Shah Foundation World Tales Short Story Competition 2020
Young teenagers from all over the globe are invited to write about challenges of today and tomorrow in the format of a short story, and share their perspectives.
The stupidest man I ever met had a favourite saying. It was: 'What do you think I am, stupid, or something?’
UNESCO & Idries Shah Foundation “World Tales” Short Story Competition https://goo.gl/fb/4eSFnJ