I’ve been listening to Bangladeshi-born Australian Doctor/Psychiatrist Tanveer Ahmed quite a bit this year. He’s a young man who’s had his fair share of controversy (plagiarism), but to me he remains a fascinating and oftentimes compelling commentator (for some he will be controversial or just plain wrong in his assessment) on what is happening in Australian culture, and as a corollary, with men. I’ve never been much inclined to gather around my self people and commentators who will affirm what I already think. I like to be stretched intellectually.
So, for me, much resonates, and I’m inclined to agree with a lot of his commentary within a New Zealand context too. I have his book Fragile Nation: Vulnerability, Resilience and Victimhood (pub. Nov. 2016 / excerpt here), but have not yet been able to make the time and space to read it.
He recently featured (along with Psychotherapist and pastor, Winsome Thomas) on Australian Broadcasting’s The Spirit of Things.
“Sting reminded us of 'how fragile we are', but is the decline of religion partly to blame?
Psychiatrist and social commentator, Tanveer Ahmed, examines the mental and social cost of the decline of meaning and boundaries normally set by religion.
Psychotherapist and pastor, Winsome Thomas was raised in the Salvation Army, but soon found the boundaries too limiting and has developed a spirituality to help fragile lives.”
Have a listen, here (53 minutes).