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Apathy biggest threat to humanity, says Elif Shafaq – Times of India

Through the pandemic, we are tracking all the numbers – how many infections, how many deaths, how many jobs were given. Turkish-British novelist and activist Elif Shafaq told the audience at Times Litfest that it has left us all indifferent and stunned.

“But this is terribly wrong. Indifference is the biggest threat to humanity at the moment. The inequalities in the world are getting deeper and wider and they feed us. So instead of being single-issue individuals, we need to look for connections. And we can’t forget that we are citizens of humanity first,” says the author, speaking on ‘Passion, Pain and Loss’.

At a time when there is a lot of noise on social media, Shafaq says we need to develop a personal voice through literature. “We don’t learn from echoes, we learn from differences. Diversity is priceless. A collective mindset creates an authoritarian mindset. But when we read a novel, we become one person and that makes us different from each other.” Helps to connect,” says Shafaq, whose latest novel is titled The Island of Missing Trees.

He stressed that we also need to be aware of misinformation and hate speech. “Although we are showered with information, we get very little knowledge and little knowledge. We need to change that ratio, too little information so that we can process it all,” says the 49-year-old author, who Had to face the reaction of migration at an early age.

The author misses Istanbul and this is reflected in her writings, but she believes in many things. “My home is in my soul and sometimes even a small thing because the smell of roasted chestnuts triggers all the emotions. But that said, I also believe in many things. I see myself as someone from Europe and the Middle East. I also see myself as a citizen of the world. I have a global attachment and a lot of stuff,” she says.


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