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Archive for May 20th, 2009

341.  The Near East Dilemma: The Background (Part 1, May 16, 2009)


342.  The Near East Dilemma: Discussions (Part 2, May 17, 2009)


343.  Bi-Weekly Report (#22) on the Middle East and Lebanon (May 18, 2009)


344.  Hundreds of Prophets later:  Hate Crimes and Humiliation March on (May 19, 2009)


345. Cannes, the French Riviera (May 18, 2009)


346.  Did you Day Dream a Utopian Project? (May 19, 2009)


347.  The One to Come (May 20, 2009)


348.  And in the Mud Glittered Nuggets of Gold (May 20, 2009)

And in the Mud Glittered Nuggets of Gold (May 20, 2009)

People fail to engage and meet the proper way.

Jesus is sitting by a well at noon in a village of Samaria.

It is hot and Jesus has sent his disciples to purchase food. Jesus could have helped himself of water but he preferred to wait for a woman to show up to the well.

Jesus knows the customs of the land; only women who are banished from the village dare come to the well and they come around noon, after all the “good” women have filled their jar in the early morning and also at sun down. 

Jesus has something to say to women coming at noon to the well.  Before proselytizing, Jesus ask for a favor, a drink of water, a favor easy to offer but means a lot to a thirsty man.

The Samaritan woman gives Jesus water and then Jesus can tender the “water of life”.  If you want people to listen to you, you first have to ask a favor to be at a par, to demonstrate that you mean to listen to them, to understand them, to be part of them before you communicate your share of thoughts.

People fail to engage and meet the proper way.

People slave to becoming independent and self sufficient so that they would never ask for favors again. They go to humiliating situations in order to acquire power and lord it over other people.

Whatever favors they asked when “little” it was not to know and befriend people but to ruminate revenge afterwards.  What should have been the best mean of communicating friendship is turned around to be an ugly behavior that downgrades the sense of dignity and pride.

What goes to individuals goes to nations.

The colonial powers were not interested in learning anything from the colonized people; they were not in the mood of conversing and listening.

The colonizing powers started proselytizing the Christian “charity” and ideology, mouthing democratic utopia, exercising technological advantages, enforcing codes of rules, regulations, and laws that applied only to the white men in the colonized countries.

The colonial powers hurled at the colonized people whatever mud they had on hands.  Out of the mounds of mud, the under-developed States painstakingly dug up nuggets of gold.

The western nations did not modernize the under-developed people; it is the poorer people that proved to be more resilient and thirsty for development and progress against the will and interest of the colonizers.  This process did not change.

Whatever breakthroughs the ex-colonized people are achieving it is because of their will to catching up with centuries of neglect against the resisting wishes of the western nations.  The late President of Senegal, Leopold Sengor, said it wonderfully “The colonizers have certainly carried to us plenty of mud.  Amid the mud we discovered gold nuggets.”

The One to Come (May 20, 2009)


            I learned that the word “martyr” in Greek means to testify. That makes lot of sense given that testifying is the most dangerous exercise for rectifying wrongs and punishing the perpetrators of crimes against freedom of speech and opinions.  People spoke up and testified to their religious beliefs and were executed.  People rebelled and spoke up in totalitarian and oligarchic regimes and were persecuted and imprisoned. Journalists and reporters testified and accounted to events and activities that belittled human dignity and human rights and were fired, persecuted, and killed as collateral damages in the war fields or blown up in terrorist acts. 

            There are more “martyrs” of the word than those fallen in battle fields for resisting occupations.  The “unknown soldiers” have their special monuments or squares in every State where personalities depose wreathe and keep silent for a minute, supposedly praying for the soul of the “brave” soldiers.  There are countless “saints”, martyred or not, who are venerated and their shrines visited all over the world.  I would be curious if the martyrs of words for human conditions, not of the after life status, have their squares and monuments in any State but in Lebanon, the Martyrs’ Square (sahat al shouhadaa). Journalists and leaders of the words that had denounced the Turkish atrocities were hanged publicly in 1916 by order of General Jamal Basha.


            More than the fallen “soldiers” and the fallen martyrs of words it is the fallen “innocents” at each turn of millennia that surpass any horror, for an entire year or more.  Every Empire, every civilization, every culture, every religion, every sub-sect of religions has its own millennia.  At the turn of each of these millennia, particular societies are at the mercy of scare tactics waiting for “The One to Come“.  Who is this One? Why is he coming? How is he to establish one thousand years of peace and stability? By which means and supported by whom?  The only answers are a collection of hubris told in “Apocalyptic” idiotic frenzies. The largest and most expensive pomp is planned accompanied by the greatest numbers of victims in sacrifice of “The One to Come”; who will show up in all his splendor, in the whitest of all white robes, and the most loudly orchestra that no human kind could assemble in numbers and in varieties of instruments.

            Here you have societies that have been manipulated for thousands of years, societies that suffered all kinds of humiliations, miseries, and degradation in expectations for any change, any exit door to a different more tolerant routine and suddenly, a mesmerizing event is heralded in all corners.  Everyone is scared, even those who malevolently promoted the imminent coming for gaining power and wealth, even those who maliciously wanted to lord it over the souls of the people, rich, poor, ignorant, or educated ended up falling in the trap of the millennia frenzy.

            Many of these charlatans elect themselves to be eventually sitting on the right hand side of “The One to Come” and be the ministers of the new Reign and that they will inevitably live for at least one thousand years to exercise their power over the billions of opponents sitting on the left hand side.  Maybe the Christian millennium has passed without digital catastrophes but what about the many more millennia of the other religions and Empires to come?

Did you Day Dream a Utopian Project? (May 19, 2009)


Have you day dreamt of a utopian project?  I have so many times day dreamt of projects that were to be ideal in profitability, organization, equitability, fairness, encouraging and promoting individual creativities, and leaving plenty of free time for individual accomplishment and continuing education.  There are moments in any one of these projects where the more utopian you strive for the more variables you have to contend with.  Every detail generates its down set of variability and quickly the interactions are too many for the mind to coordinate and analyze.  Suddenly, you end it as abruptly as in happy movies.  Yes, it is complicated but everybody should be living happily ever after. 

Then you are carried by curiosity: you want to take the dreamt up project further to its ultimate glory.  The more you resolve complicated interactions among people the more your solutions revert to totalitarian solutions and the more your answers smack of a one party regime reactions to diversities.  Then I realize that, fundamentally, I am not better than any dictator who managed to amass enough power to exercise coercions at will. Utopias are dangerous exercises of the mind and they sting potently the trust in our potentials to fairness and equitability.  The only utility to dreaming up utopia is to vent up the bottled up anger of helplessness to act and change.  Utopias are far more dangerous when a restricted and select caste of elites assemble to apply and enforce their sick view of an ideal society.  Utopias are not the solution and never will improve human conditions.  Read any samples of Utopias from Plato, to Tomas Moore, and to the Zionist ideology and you will realize that the end product is a subdivision of society by caste systems where people rule and the lower strata produce and serve; the end product is a huge set of rules and regulations that can put to shame the gigantic daily constraints of the Jewish Pharisee sect. 

Study the Utopias of those who managed to horde power from Napoleon, to Bismarck, to Hitler, to Mussolini, to Lenin, to Stalin, to Mao Tse Tong, and finally to Bush/Cheney and the end product was destruction, utter humiliation of the people, hate crimes, and genocides.

There are other kinds of utopias.  You have those forecasting the future, fifty years from now, in all sorts of topics such as political systems, emergence of new superpowers, technological breakthrough, social conditions, trends of how fast people will die of famine, and the increase in social divides among the wealthy and the dregs. Sure, those forecasters inevitably claim that they are analyzing current trends if all conditions remain controlled, though they have no idea what are those conditions and how they are controlled.  Forecasting the future is another way of thinking aloud individual utopia because no one is forecasting without strong biases as to his present mind set.

So far, the only valid forecasting time line is of six months; it is adopted by the analysts of market and fashion trends of the adapters in the age category of 20 to 30 years.  There is no doubt in my mind that promotional tactics biase people in believing that they are setting the trend by surfing the internet and disseminating their interests; but that how democracy should be at work.  Democratic systems should expose programs and disseminate them and then evaluate what people selected after a period of six months of diffusion among the active population.




May 2009

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