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Had an interesting conversation with a dear friend of mine on the issue of the debate between religion and science, atheism and theism. 

While I sought to avoid all the useless rhetoric which leads to no answers – I sought to reconcile what I believe to be two perceptions that are not all quite that different. What I have noticed as a common denominator amongst so-called atheists is a disdain more-so for the morose attributes of religion rather than the philosophy and intellectualism behind it. In reality, even in today’s modern world, religion is a tool for control, power and crime (as expressed through politics), which does nothing to improve the image of the philosophy behind theology in the first place. 

Social liberalism grew largely out of the resistance movements against monarchism, despotism, authoritarianism, and socio-economic control. Since most of these ‘tyrants’ in history were in fact justifying their actions through religious dogma, it only makes sense that individuals would be repulsed by the idea altogether. But just as there have been religiously dogmatic tyrants, there have also been irreligiously dogmatic tyrants. And in the midst of it all, we’ve even had tyrants who could not make the decision for themselves, such as Hitler, who in one angle portrays himself as a God-fearing messiah, and in other, an anti-judaic anti-christ. Stalin and Lenin worked to disenfranchise religion entirely from the socio-political scene. 

Ultimately, each individual ought to be free – atheist or not. In the end it seems to me what matters are the virtues of life that are carried in philosophy altogether. Religious fanatics will claim you cannot be good without obedience to organized religion; atheists claim you can be ABSOLUTELY moral without the help of God. Both seem quite extreme. I sympathize with the atheist however, because religious dogma is terrifying. Yet, I do believe that without God, man falls prey to hubris, which eventually leads to power-grabbing, and an obstruction of human liberty and dignity. 

Ultimately, I must say I am devoted to the Abrahamic God – and I believe all truth and beauty resonates from Him. The wonders of philosophy, morality, existentialism, and secularism as well – all of these resonate from that wonderful truth which is perfection – the Lord of the worlds. No, I do not traditionally welcome the Christian anthropomorphic version of God, and I do reject the evangelical and fundamentalistic zionist interpretation of God – seeing both of these as equally dogmatic and detrimental to individual liberty, dignity, and truth. 

I am a muslim and a jew. I believe in the message of Allah. I do so philosophically, however not ‘religiously’. I submit to God – not to one man’s devious understanding of God. 

 

References:

http://www.salon.com/2013/02/23/10_celebs_you_didnt_know_were_atheists_partner/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

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Searching for the inner me. Almost there. Praying,


Searching for the inner me. Almost there. Praying, at least, that I am almost there. I can smell it, in the air. Really.

too many thoughts on my mind feeling doubtful,too


too many thoughts on my mind feeling doubtful,

too many people in my circle still without you,

all i hear is voices creeping into my soul,

eating me a live and never letting go,

what would you if you didn’t have a choice,

let alone the courage to spit half your voice,

sometimes I wonder why I get like this,

asking questions never gets you shit,

this life is horses and hoes running around laughing about,

people say things they know nothing about,

i have a hatred deeply embedded,

but this art pardon my humor I’m indebted,

my whole life is a debt, I owe everybody,

If God made bank tellers I must be their monopoly,

What do I if I’m closed and shut out,

My mind just gives out, I got nothing to get out,

Blind people and my mind won’t let me,

Step up to the plate smoke weed and get with it,

It’s time to take over the game and show these people what I am,

I believe a lot of stupid shit,

now I’m losing it, grip, confusing it with things I don’t usually get,

Listen, I’m tired,

Dripping wet, lackluster, I need inspiration,

Some real shit, from the soul of the impatient,

I been wasted, writing rhymes on thin pavement,

Live basic, get hated, live high and de-bated,

Fuck.


Too much on my mind right now. A spliff would be nice. Debating a lot. Life decisions. Friendships. Careers. Kind of tired of irrational faith. Tired of irrational perfectionism. Tired of being limited by my self. Tired of being convinced that I do not deserve glory. Sick of not embracing my sickness, my elite quality. Yes, as pompous as I sound, this is true sentiment. There are many things I want and love, I’m just having a hard time because of various paranoias and because I hate regretting decisions. I don’t want to be alone. Sometimes I feel like I do it to my self. 

 


Why Syria is not like Libya, Egypt, or Iraq:

1) Syria is the only secular arab country (a western principle)

2) Syria initiated economic reforms over a span of 40 years that redistributed wealth and allowed for upward mobility for disenfranchised classes

3) Syria has combatted internal and external ideological fanaticism, mostly from the Muslim Brothers and other groups responsible for acts of political violence

4) Syria has never signed a peace deal with Israel (unlike Egypt)

5) Syria has been loyal to the Palestinian cause, although it has distanced itself from certain factions in the Middle East throughout history, like the PLO

6) Syria is operated by a leftist-regime

Syria’s overall grievances, shared by much of the Arab people, are the following:

1) Israel should return to its original borders, pre-1967

2) Israel must halt its expansionism of settlements

3) Israel must halt its covert operations in the Middle East that are bent on destabilizing Arab countries

4) Israel must renounce its expansionist ambitions of recreating ‘Eretz Israel’ as it ignores the right of self-determination of the Arabs

In other words, as long as Israel wants to expand and dominate the Middle East — doing it through covert operations, bribery, corruption, military force, American lobbies, etc — then Syria will remain in a state of security in which it cannot allow for normal freedoms for its people in order to protect itself against Israeli aggression. It’s either sacrifice some freedoms and remain Syrian, or sacrifice all your freedoms and become swallowed by Israeli supremacy, arbitrary leadership, and oppressive ideologies and governments.

The government of Syria is portrayed as being oppressive but rumors and certain incidents are used to paint a horrid picture. History shows that few countries have chosen to resist foreign occupation by sacrificing some freedoms, like Cuba, Russia (USSR), China, Vietnam, Iran, etc. Most of these nations are portrayed as hotbeds of extremism, ideological tyranny, and government control, but behind it all, behind the military outfits, the symbols, the political propaganda, behind everything, what is really going on? 

Are America, England, France, Italy, Germany, and all these western countries being true to their values of universal justice and self determination?

Is it possible for institutions like democracy and capitalism to flourish without usurping the human rights of other nations?

Is democracy the problem, is it abuses of democracy? 

There are many forces within democracy that are bent on abusing it and often get away with it, brainwashing half the country to support unjust foreign escapades that usually involve Kings, Terrorists, Assassinations and Oil. 

Can these forces be stopped?

What does it take for humanity to be free from subjugation to others?

 


Imposing democracy is not only an oxymoron; it doesn’t work, and it usually stems from an underlying conspiracy of colonial ambitions.