Nursery Rhymes on Cultures Knee - Western Version: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. Islamic Version: Words, images, body language will ‘provoke’ me to break your bones with swords and guns and I will certainly hurt you.
Western 1872 version: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.
"Sticks and Stones" is an English language children's rhyme. It persuades the child-adult victim of name-calling to ignore the taunt, to refrain from physical retaliation, and to remain calm and good-natured.
Role in Western culture
This sentiment is reflected in/reflects the Western common law of civil assault, which holds that mere name-calling does not give rise to a cause ‘provocation’ of action, while putting someone in fear of physical violence does.
The corner stone values of Democracy
Western 2015 version: Swords and guns may break my bones, but words, images, body language will never hurt me.
Western “Duty to Doubt” Be doubtful, Be sceptical, Be critical.
Certainty is the root of all evil.
Accept being doubted, accept being viewed as untrustworthy, and accept being criticised without resorting to violence.
The state has a monopoly on the legitimate …