Discussion: Walter Benjamin’s Thesis on the Philosophy of History

Benjamin seems to suggest that the happiness we know or feel comes from our past experiences. (I might be wrong ;-))

“Our image of happiness is indissolubly bound up with the image of redemption.”

He also writes, that the power we have now doesn’t really belong to us, it belongs to the past, or to the past generations. This brings me back to Foucault’s theory that knowledge is power. The knowledge we have has been learnt from past events (history); therefore our power belongs to the past.

Benjamin moves on to say that: “only a redeemed mankind receives the fullness of its past-which is to say, only for a redeemed mankind has its past become citable in all its moments.”

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Media Project: Book

Mayada, Daughter Of Iraq: One Woman’s Survival Under Saddam Hussein

The book I have chosen to discuss for this part of the assignment is a true story about a true daughter of Iraq, Mayada Al-Askari. She was a self-reliant single mother who owned her print shop, which led to her been arrested by the government of Saddam Hussein.

She is a descendant of one of the most prestigious and honoured families in Iraq. However even her family’s well established connections didn’t keep her away from the prison’s of Saddam Hussein. One grandfather fought along side Lawrence of Arabia, the other was recognized as the first true Arab nationalist, her uncle was Iraq’s Prime Minister for 40 years and her mother was a high government official.

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