This evening I finally began Ed Husain‘s book The Islamist. I’m really excited about it and already have profited from just the first few pages. In those pages came across this quote that I found interesting concerning cultural identity. There are some cultures that seem to be in a constant quest to define themselves. Paxman says the opposite is a sign of confidence.
It is a mark of self-confidence: the English have not spent a great deal of time defining themselves because they haven’t needed to. Is it necessary to do so now?
– Jeremy Paxman, British author and broadcaster