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Moratorium on spreading myths: Hezbollah and “Wilayat fakeeh” (part 1)

            I selected Hezbollah for my topic for three reasons: first, I need to have a specific target in order to minimize tendencies for generalization; second, Hezbollah is the most powerful movement in Lebanon in number, organization, military training, and in readiness and thus, this important social and political force can either spread havoc or strengthen the independence of Lebanon, depending on open dialogue and communication among all Lebanese political parties; and third, because I have a high respect for this organization that saved Lebanon twice from becoming a total non-entity within the last decade.

Yes, with Hezbollah, I feel that Lebanon is no longer just a State recognized by the UN, but has acquired the status of a Nation; a tiny Nation but with the potential of agreeing that we are one people under the law and against all contingencies.

            The first myth that Hezbollah needs to lay off is “dress codes should be a religious matters”. Dress codes for man and woman have nothing to do with religious dogma. In Mecca, during the life of Prophet Mohammad, only noble ladies wore the veil outside their homes, as a discrimination dress code of their rank from the other working women.  When the companions of the Prophet fled to Yathreb (Medina), at the onset of persecutions, the veil was not used in Medina:  Women had large freedom; and they had their own mind.

Actually, it was a chock for the women of Yathreb seeing a few of the companions’ wives wearing veils as if they considered themselves of nobler ranks!

            Prophet Muhammad did not bring the issue of dress codes until he married many women for political exigencies.  Sexual rumors spread about a few of his wives: Muhammad had to ask his wives to wear veils and long dresses when stepping out of their homes in order to minimize their recognition by the public.  Thus, a particular and local case needs not be extended to whole communities and to people of different cultures.

            I suggest to Hezbollah to taking the bold decision of toning down the importance of dress codes and desist of spreading this myth. Women who have no convictions that dress codes are of the domain of religious belief should not be pressured to cheat on their convictions.  Extending liberty to exercising the power of individual rational thinking is the best asset for higher confidence in leadership and tighter cohesion in the ranks in dire circumstances. The leaders of Hezbollah should give examples within their own family and relatives.

            The second myth to get rid off is combining political and religious responsibilities.  It certainly is a proof of internal weakness in the organization when the Secretary General feels the need to offering the face of an Imam.             

            The Prophet Muhammad was upset with the central “Orthodox” Church of Byzantium (Constantinople) because it labeled one of the Christian sects in Mecca (the Ebionite) as “heretic”: Muhammad’s uncle Ain Warkat was the Patriarch of this Christian-Jew sect and he taught Muhammad to read and write in the Aramaic language, the lanhuage of the Bible the sect read in.

Ain Warkat translated his “Bible” into the Aramaic slang spoken in Mecca, which was called Arabic.  The Prophet goal was to unite the “heretic” sects under common denominators by discarding the abstract notions that divided among them; after all, they all followed the daily rituals of the Jewish customs that they inherited by tradition.

Muhammad abhorred central religious power and viewed it as the enemy for harmony and peace among the believers.  That is why the Prophet declined to name an Imam before his death so that Islam should not be regulated by any religious central power; he could have named Ali as Imam and Ali would have been an excellent religious guide.

            Preaching at every religious event as if in a Friday prayers, Hassan Nasr Allah is definitely sending the wrong message to the Lebanese:  The mixing of politics and religion is bound to lead to disaster.  We need to hear Hassan Nasr Allah political messages and wish he spares us his religious belief that is not the concern of the people at this junction.

What the Lebanese people, and many members of Hezbollah, understand is that Hezbollah is a shifty religious sect following the sect of the Iranian Guide in power.

            Taking a religious story to drive through a political message, every now and then, is appropriate rhetorically, but when the entire speech is religious then the people get tired of too much chatting in matters they care less about. Everyone should have his specialty, responsibility, and his target audience. 

            State business, political organization, and religion should not mix.  Lebanon has 18 formally recognized sects and we need not exacerbate our caste problems.  We need to be the vanguard to the other Arabic and Islamic States in running our life and strengthening our individual freedom for rational thinking.

            That is my first installment on myths, from all religious castes, to confront head on our calamities for a harmonious and stable Lebanon. The next follow up post is entitled “Hezbollah to desist spreading myths: Encore

What Blend of Goddesses are you? Answer (part 2); (Oct. 31. 2009)

Note:  wordpress version transformed my A B C D E F in some sets of questions into 1 2 3 4 5 6; re-transform the numbers into chracters when using the scoring table.

The Jungian psychologists, the Woolger couple (Roger & Jennifer Barker), wrote that each female harbors qualities of six goddesses in certain ratios; the goddesses of power (Hera), civilization or Wisdom (Athena), eros or sexuality (Aphrodite), underworld or mystic (Persephone), nature or the wild (Artemis), and motherhood (Demeter). The mixture of qualities can be determined by answering sets of questions; thus, a female can be represented in categories of ratios on a goddess wheel.

The following sets of questions are from “The Goddess within: A guide to the eternal myths that shape women’s lives”. The scores represent your blend of Goddesses. The questions can be answered by the female and the male partner of how he rates his companion.  My personal suggestion is that a woman should rate the questions three times: once as a person before childbirth or marriage, the second time as a mother and a third time as what could be the trend when she retires to enjoy her own life, independent of family responsibilities. It is important that the individual refrains from the temptation of scoring before finishing the three times rating in order not to allow any biases of previous scores.

The rating scales are -1 (not true), 1, 2, and 3 (strongly applies).

Set One: Appearance

  1. Since I don’t go out a lot, clothes and makeup are not important to me.
  2. I much prefer to be dressed in jeans and comfortable shirts.
  3. My appearance is rather unconventional.
  4. I like to be conservatively well dressed and use makeup sparingly.
  5. I love to make myself up and be attractive.
  6. Well dressed and made up gives me confidence to go out into the world.

Set Two: My Body

  1. I tend not to think about my body.
  2. My body feels best when I’m fit and active.
  3. I like my body to be touched by those I love.
  4. I’m often Not in my body at all.
  5. I find it embarrassing to talk about my body.
  6. I love being pregnant/ I look forward to being pregnant.

Set Three: House and Home

  1. I prefer my home to be elegant and impressive.
  2. I prefer the city; an apartment is fine.
  3. My home must be warm and have room for everyone.
  4. I need privacy and space for what I like to do.
  5. Wherever I live it must be comfortable and beautiful.
  6. I prefer living in the country or close to parks and open spaces.

Set Four: Eating and food

  1. I eat carefully to keep my body healthy.
  2. I like to dine in romantic restaurants.
  3. I like to eat out a lot and be able to talk.
  4. I enjoy cooking for others.
  5. Mealtimes are important family occasions.
  6. Eating is Not terribly important to me.

Set Five: Childhood

  1. I had lots of secret games and imaginary worlds.
  2. I always ran all the games with my friends.
  3. I mostly loved to play with dolls.
  4. I always had my nose in a book as I got older.
  5. I loved to be outdoors.
  6. I loved changing clothes and playing dress-up.

Set Six: Men

A. I want a man who will always excite me sexually.

B. I want a man to spoil me and protect me.

C. I like a man who is independent and gives a lot of space.

D. I need a man who will challenge me mentally.

E. I need a man to understand my inner world.

F. I want a man whose position in the world I can be proud of.

Set Seven: Love and marriage

  1. Marriage only works when there is a higher spiritual connection.
  2. Marriage is the foundation of society.
  3. Without love my marriage is empty.
  4. Love and marriage are fine, so long as I have plenty of freedom.
  5. Love alone is not enough; marriage safeguards my children.
  6. My marriage has sometimes to be sacrificed for my work.

Set Eight: Sexuality

  1. It’s hard to let go fully during sex.
  2. The right man turns me on very easily.
  3. It takes me a while to get into my body.
  4. I love to give sexually as much as to receive.
  5. I am a bit shy but I can be very wild.
  6. Sex can be ecstatic; almost mystical for me.

Set Nine: Children

  1. I’m happiest when doing things outdoors with my children.
  2. My children are the greatest fulfillment of my life.
  3. I expect my children to be a great credit to me.
  4. I choose Not to have children to pursue my career.
  5. I love my kids, but love life equally.
  6. I love my children and always want to know what they feel and think.

Set Ten: Pastimes

  1. Metaphysics, tarot reading, astrology, dream journal, rituals…
  2. Collecting jewelry, art objects, fashion, music, theater.
  3. Sports, athletics, jogging, camping, sailing…
  4. Community involvement, social clubs, volunteer groups, local church…
  5. Political campaigning, minority group support, museums, lecture series, reading.
  6. Cooking, gardening, tending plants, needlework, weaving.

Set Eleven: Parties

  1. I usually go into political or intellectual discussions.
  2. I’ll often be drawn to people with problems.
  3. I prefer being the hostess at my own party.
  4. I can’t help sizing up the sexiest men in the room.
  5. I like to make sure that people have a good time.
  6. Parties make me restless; I prefer Not to go to many parties.

Set Twelve: Friends

  1. Most my friends have children the same age as mine.
  2. I choose carefully my friends; they are very important to me.
  3. I enjoy my ideas and projects with both my male and female friends.
  4. I tend to have magical friendships.
  5. My friends are mostly the wives of my husband’s friends.
  6. My men friends are mostly more important than the females ones.

Set Thirteen: Books

A. Cookbooks, craft, child care books.

B. Nonfiction, biographies, coffee table, travel, illustrated history.

C. New Age books, psychology, metaphysics, channeled, and I Ching.

D. Sports, fitness, yoga manuals, animal and wildlife books, how-to books.

E. Art books, popular biographies, novels, romances, poetry.

F. Politics, sociology, feminist, recent intellectual, avant-garde literature.

Set Fourteen:

  1. I try to stay informed on world’s affairs.
  2. Politics only interest me for the intrigues behind the scenes.
  3. I know more about the world from my dreams than from newspapers.
  4. I rarely care what’s going on in the world.
  5. It’s mostly a man’s world; I leave them to it.
  6. It’s important for me to play an active role in the community.

Now add up the scores using this table:

Athena  Aphrodite      Persephone      Artemis           Demeter          Hera

1=F_      1=E_             1=C_               1=B_               1=A_               1=D_

2=A_     2=C_             2=D_               2=B_               2=F_                2=E_

3=B_     3=E_             3=D_               3=F_                3=C_               3=A_

4=C_     4=B_             4=F_                4=A_               4=D_               4=E_

5=D_     5=F_              5=A_               5=E_               5=C_               5=B_

6=D_     6=A_             6=E_               6=C_               6=B_               6=F_

7=F_      7=C_             7=A_               7=D_               7=E_               7=B_

8=C_     8=B_             8=F_                8=E_               8=D_               8=A_

9=D_     9=E_             9=F_                9=A_               9=B_               9=C_

10=E_ 10=B_             10=A_             10=C_             10=F_              10=D_

11=A_ 11=D_             11=B_             11=F_              11=E_             11=C_

12=C_ 12=F_              12=D_             12=B_             12=A_             12=C_

13=F_  13=E_             13=C_             13=D_             13=A_             13=B_

14=A_ 14=B_             14=C_             14=D_             14=E_             14=F_ 

Total and then insert corresponding numbers in a circle around the Goddess Wheel.

Note: If you are not married or have no child the authors suggest that you imagine the situation.  I suggest you be impartial: a score of 1 or 2 should be sufficient unless you already are an activist and thinks that you know exactly what you feel.  For the set on books, my suggestion is to score on the genre of books that you love most or you never touches.




November 2009

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