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While watching the movie Chef, my spouse said that he wanted a truck similar to the one the Chef in the movie had. It all (the movie) looked fun – loving the very process of making food, involving his son in the cleaning and cooking activities (and hence imparting valuable life lessons), and inspiring without being preachy. The movie was about engagement – complete commitment to what the man (and his witty Spanish friend) loved to do. In our world today, do we engage fully with ideals that we believe in? Before that, do we really believe fully in any ideal? Well, the fundamentalists do and ‘normal’ people like us are ambiguous. At least that is what this well-written New York Times editorial opinion says while talking about terrorist fundamentalists. I will quote a few lines: “William Butler Yeats’ “Second Coming” seems perfectly to render our present predicament: “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” This is an excellent description of the current split between anemic liberals and impassioned fundamentalists. “The best” are no longer able fully to engage, while “the worst” engage in racist, religious, sexist fanaticism.”

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/09/03/isis-is-a-disgrace-to-true-fundamentalism/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

(The link has been contributed by a reader)

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