My nephew knew what the internet was, but he had never had the opportunity to use it. Internet access in Pakistan is still quite low. What did he want to look for, I asked. Bermuda Triangle, he said. Why exactly was he interested in the Bermuda Triangle?
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My nephew knew what the internet was, but he had never had the opportunity to use it. Internet access in Pakistan is still quite low. What did he want to look for, I asked.
Bermuda Triangle, he said. Why exactly was he interested in the Bermuda Triangle? Because dajjal, our version of the anti-Christ, lives there now. Not much has changed, I thought: As a teenager I devoured stories about clever djinns, heartless monsters and harsh terrains. Next, he wanted to look for scenes of the torture that angels inflict on dead sinners.
It does. Just one more, he said, and after haggling over what he meant by one more — one more search, no matter how many hits? Or just one more page? Because he had heard about them from school friends. And by the end of his first tour of the internet, he had seen with his own eyes what he had only heard as rumor. Dajjal did reside in the Bermuda Triangle: We saw more than one image of that. Growing up with myths and legends is an essential part of coming of age anywhere, but there comes a time when you expect to outgrow them and confront real monsters, like who you are and your role in making the world what it is.
Initially you believe in a terrifying god. But today, before they confront the real world, children enter the internet, a world of GIFs and grainy second videos they take to be reality, no matter how Photoshopped, and that reflects their prejudices about far-off places. Do Hindus care more about cows than humans? Sure they do. Do Israelis shoot little children? Watch this video. We can spend hours reassuring ourselves that the West is immoral by looking at all the pictures of naked people it produces.
For most young people who have never interacted with anyone outside their race and faith, a visit to the internet confirms their worst fears about the world. Are there people out there who say unspeakable things about your religion and your prophet?
Yes, there are plenty. Are there countries that want to annihilate yours? Do heathens have sex with animals? Political activism is made easy through the internet.
Our Pakistani hearts bleed for Kashmiris suffering at the hands of the Indian state but not for the many Balochs who have died or gone missing, the victims of our own state. But we hardly notice the people marching in our streets demanding fair wages. Why is it so difficult to see that our own state acts like a colonial power or to connect Black Lives Matter with our own racism?
While taking the kid through his first foray into the internet I felt the horror of a middle-age man outraged at the appetites of the young. Then I remembered the time when I was his age and the TV was turned off on me in the middle of my first mystery thriller.
At that moment I realized that the world was fundamentally unfair. After leaving home at the age of 15, I spent a couple of years watching all the trash I could find to make up for my earlier deprivation. Opinion A Boy and His Internet. Home Page World U.
He is said to have come from several different locations, but generally from the East, usually between Syria and Iran, comparable to Christian understanding of the appearance of the Antichrist in Christian eschatology. A number of locations are associated with the emergence of the Dajjal, but usually, he emerges from the East. He is usually described as blind in one eye, however, which eye is disputed. Possessing a defective eye is often regarded as giving more powers to achieve evil goals. Further he is assisted by an army of demons. Nevertheless, the most reliable supporters will be the Jews, to whom he will be the incarnation of God.
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