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Jakarta Post

Fiction could save the world

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Tue, August 20 2019   /  01:05 am

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness.” These lines from Charles Dickens were meant to reflect on the Victorian era that he critiqued, but it could also be a fitting reminder of our time.Even though we live in a time when most of the information on any subject is available online, sections of the population prefer to indulge in their ignorance by subscribing to the idea that the earth is flat or that vaccines are biological weapons meant to wipe out a certain race.Earlier this year, we witnessed how this anti-intellectualism reared its ugly head when West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil was forced to defend his design for a mosque as it was alleged that it represented the symbol of the Illuminati. As a result, Muslims could not conduct prayers at the place of worship. These types of conspiracy theories used to be discus...