In the fourth of the 2017 CBC Massey lectures, Payam Akhavan shares his family’s own close brush with death during the attacks in New York on September 11, 2001. He explains how, “The purveyors of political mirages have preyed on base instincts of fear, avarice, and hatred among the masses. They have demonized, dominated, and destroyed others to promote the supremacy of a particular class, nation, race, or creed.” It is this political doctrine that lead to the 9/11 attacks and which is still in full force today.
Payam tells us, the answer to this devastating politics of supremacy, requires that, “Obsolete divisive ideologies must give way to the inescapable fact that we are a single race inhabiting a single home.” He further states, “The unification of all peoples into a world commonwealth is not only possible; it is inevitable,” and “The only question is whether we will achieve it by vision and volition, or after unimaginable calamities leave us with no other choice.”
Following the presentation, everyone will have the opportunity to participate in an open and gently moderated dialog. For each of the 8 sessions in our discussion series, our hope is that the participants will: