“…while the 777 you’re flying on won’t end your life, the peanuts you eat on board just might (4,600 Americans a year die from choking and obesity contributes to at least 110,000 preventable deaths a year in the US). It’s just that plane fatalities are sort of a man-bites-dog story (whereas the 32 Americans who died of dog bites last year were not).”—
Flying out to Houston tomorrow morning, so this is a pleasant reminder. I’ve been saying this type of thing to my plane-phobic friends for many years. You’re in much more danger every time you get into a car.
In the incident, a car of men bearing Israeli flags, honking horns, and using sirens and flashing lights, drove many times around the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge, a local mosque with a large Palestinian membership. The men screamed anti-Arab slurs at worshipers who had gathered for Ramadan prayers at 4 am.
Worshipers had overflowed into the street to pray, because the mosque was filled to capacity with congregation members observing the holiday of Ramadan. As their car approached, the men repeatedly verbally assaulted those assembled in observance. According to JFREJ Board Member Audrey Sasson, “This is nothing less than direct intimidation of worshipers. During Ramadan, the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge has police presence nearly around the clock. Why did this incident occur during the one window when police were absent? It appears that the people in the car had staked out the area around the mosque and planned their assault to avoid the presence of police.”
Linda Sarsour, Director of the Arab American Association of New York, located in Bay Ridge, said, “Mosque members are in fear as a result of this incident, with deep concern that these men’s actions may portend physical violence in the future.”
This is terrifying. Why hasn’t this been in any of the papers? [Edit: The NYT covered it today.]
The key to manipulating* people into doing what you want them to do is first convincing them that what you want them to do will have WONDERFUL results, such that they convince themselves that it’s insane not to do it.
A corollary to this is that you should only seek out motivated people in life.
A corollary to that is that you shouldn’t spend time with de-motivated people unless they make it super-convenient for you.
I don’t worry about de-motivated people not liking this post, because what are they gonna do, eh?
*It’s technically not manipulation if you also genuinely believe the results will be wonderful in the exact same way. Then you can call it inspiration.