Overexposure is the key 🔑 to desensitizing people to ideas that they have been shielded from all their lives.

When people are desensitized to ideas and materials that they found offensive, it is conducive to allow for an environment to advocate for #SecularMaldives.
This is why #NormalizingDissent is such an important aspect of a strategy towards the secularization of #Maldives.

It also plays similar kind of role as politics cartoons and memes does in the proliferation of ideas fast.
It also allows for people to question things that they would have otherwise normally wouldn't.

Religious beliefs of people that cause harm to others don't deserve respect or silence from us.

By remaining silent or giving respect to such harmful ideas makes you complicit to the violence and harm that such religious ideas cause. This is why we need to speak out. This is what MLK also means.
As 4my position as a militant atheist & not the position of a politically astute diplomat, it is to demonstrate 2the people that oppress us, that their continued oppression of minorities can and will result in a deserving backlash that is aimed at the very heart of their beliefs.
It also allows for people with more moderate voices, reasonable and diplomatic approaches to be really heard. As it frames these moderate as much more worthy of negotiations and seeking common ground with - the real path towards societal and legislative change in the country.
Amplification of moderate voices alone in the past have done very little to move the needle in our favor. So we learned from those attempts and experiments over time arriving at our current juncture.
At this point we still have to view the work done as still very much foundational. The bulk of the work that need to be done is still very much yet to begin given this is the strategy being applied here and being worked on.

So far progress has been excellent with many collaborators coming in to #SecularMaldives in a short amount of time with shared visions and ideas looking to contribute to that effort.

It has been challenging to organize these contributors into a cohesive whole.
Some experiments of organizing a distributed network of autonomous activist is being conducted for now.

I have yet to figure out governance, consensus and dispute resolutions of a uncontrollable group of activist with their own minds and vision.

Obviously control is not what is needed. But harmonizing and cohesion of the group is the expected outcome of such an effort. This is being done with view of creating a permanent layer of dissent in the Maldives political discourse/environment.
You can imagine it as a secondary layer build on top of the grassroots aspirations of the Maldives people - if you are trying to understand how this may look like.
Obviously, there is more to this. But this is just a good basic overview for now.

A lot more is explained in my pinned post - a collection of Twitter threads collated for easy access. Find that here:
I will explain a lot more as I get more time. This will do for now.


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