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Power in Weakness

Journalist Remona Aly investigates how power can be found in vulnerability. Without weakness, she explains, there is no room for resilience to rise or character to form.

Journalist Remona Aly explores what it truly means to be weak. All too often, society encourages us to strive for unrealistic goals of perfection, with no room for flaws or failure. Remona considers the unexpected strengths that can arise from positions of vulnerability.

She argues that occupying a position of weakness offers an opportunity from which we can learn from our mistakes, develop resilience, and nurture our faith. Those that wilfully occupy a lowly stance can often find unexpected strength - their humility can cause others' anger to cease. According to Remona, the weakest members of society can radically affect the attitudes of those around them.

Music from Bruce Springsteen and Stormzy contribute to Remona's exploration of weaknesses' hidden strengths. She also draws upon verse from Shakespeare and Homer. "If we remove weakness from our experience," she concludes, "we remove the opportunity to survive and evolve."

Presenter: Remona Aly
Producer: Jonathan O'Sullivan
A TBI Media production for BBC Radio 4.

30 minutes

Last on

Sun 25 Mar 2018 23:30

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Title:                 Hagar Poems       

Author:              Mohja Kahf

Publisher:          University of Arkansas Press

 

Title:                  The Iliad

Author:               Homer

Publisher:          Penguin Classics

 

Title:                  La Symphonie Pastorale

Author:               André Gide

Publisher:          Penguin Modern Classics

 

Title:                 The Paradox of Power and Weakness: Levinas and an Alternative Paradigm for Psychology

Author:              George Kunz

Publisher:          State University of New York Press

 

Title:                 Corinthians 12:9, King James Bible

Publisher:          HarperCollins

 

Title:                  Judges 16:7, King James Bible

Publisher:          HarperCollins

 

Title:                  Claudian, With an English Translation by Maurice Platnauer, Volume 2 

Author:              Claudius Claudianus

Publisher:          HardPress Publishing

 

Title:                 Othello

Author:              William Shakespeare

Publisher:          Oxford University Press

 

Title:                 The Qur'an 

Publisher:          Oxford University Press

 

Title:                 Back to Darwin 

Author:              M. A. Corey

Publisher:          University Press Of America

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