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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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On Putin’s address to the American people


I recently came across a conversation between some friends on facebook about Russian President Putin’s recent appeal to the American people in the NYT and couldn’t help but take an opinion. The guys in the conversation just seemed so uptight, so fearful of Putin, echoing stereotypical American and Western paranoias of foreign governments and nations. What brought me to the point of wanting to write this response is when I realized that I can no longer tolerate being equated with ruthless depictions of foreign nations just because I might not entirely agree with everything the West does. I want it to be known that we have a problem here in our country as much as we do outside of it, and that problem largely is this culturally engrained concept of vanity which was the engine of slavery and every manifestation of anarchical capitalism that defined the Occident up until the 21st century. So, here is my message in a few words.

If a leader merely speaking to the American people is regarded as a potential threat or as an attempt to propagandize a political initiative is almost pathetic to me. If the right thing to do for America is to not be involved in Syria and to deter any ill intentioned political agendas from being carried out by any country, I think we are pointing our fingers at the wrong person, country and/or force. The West has done a wonderful job of portraying liberalism and leftism as forces of evil in our own societies, as well as convincing us that any foreign country’s attempt to check America’s imbalance of power is somehow a guised tyrannical effort to take over the world. Let us not be so afraid of foreigners, as it is all of our private corporations infiltrating our democracy and exploiting the resources of other nations. It’s time to get down to the facts, to expose the pros as well as the cons of America, and to clear our minds of the falsehoods that we are spoon-fed about foreign countries. These paranoias have actually been used to cover up the crimes of individuals inside and outside America, to distract us from the forces responsible for social injustices.


Noam Chomsky: The West will do whatever it can to prevent real democracy from flourishing in the Middle East.

The keyword here is real.

Inner Struggles


‘Friends’ treat me like I have no skills cause they fear being failures themselves. I treat myself like I have no skills cause I am my only reinforcement. My loved ones are uncertain and insecure as well, without the ability to give me unconditional faith. I myself am in struggle and wonder, searching for my personal idea of happiness, though the world and this fear of mine try to strip it from me. They together try to strip me from me — and they often win. 

when we become


Often we become weak, then strong,

then weak, then strong again.

Will it ever end?

Stop thinking.

Follow your heart.

“The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of.” – Blaise Pascal