Oh Sweet Vindication
I don't know how many of you read the Salon article written by Aziz bashing Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue, and Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz personally, OR the episode of Harris' Waking Up podcast talking about how frustrating his conversation with Aziz was in attempt to rectify Harris' own reputation OR the subsequent release of said 3 hour painstaking conversation.
For those of you who are familiar with this micro-situation, we have here, a review of an episode of a podcast of a conversation about a review of a book. Released yesterday morning was an aricle on Quillette.com by Jamie Palmer - an eloquent rundown of what happened - as it was a heated conversation that no one would have the stamina to listen to it more than once (if that) - and the points that were trying to be made by Harris, and Aziz's blatant non-attempt to find any common ground with the host. Anyone who could not stomach that much blissful arrogance and ignorant rambling could read this and get a perfect picture of the audio massacre that occurred.
For any of you who had the endurance to listen to the almost 3 1/2 hour conversation that went absolutely, you probably did so for the same reason I did. Firstly, to commiserate with finding yourself in a heated debate with someone who is not only clearly wrong, but has no interest in understanding why, or hearing your point/message.
I'm sure by now Harris is a seasoned veteran in having these conversations, but as a 26 year old budding author/podcaster/whatever, I'm used to having these conversations with my dad or my friends, and when they leave the conversation with steam coming out of their ears, I genuinely feel guilty. It can make me feel like a bully, which is the exact opposite of what I want to be and of how I'd like to be thought of by my loved ones.
But then I listen to Harris calmly and rationally explain his points in a clear and concise manner, only to be met by emotionally charged, intellectually dishonest semantic maneuvers that frame Harris as the Devil's spawn as if Aziz is the superhero with a cape who is there passionately to save the day.
Unfortunately for Aziz, a significant majority of listeners are not the type to be fooled by such trickery and manipulation (I'm sure at least ONE moron thought he did well,) and it was wildly obvious who came out on top, and who was the offensive bigot in the conversation.
Spoiler Alert: It wasn't Sam Harris