Friday, October 22, 2010

Monday, September 13, 2010

Islamaphobia/ Xenophobia ... hello fear-ridden world!

In the midst of a hurricane-speed few years it takes hurricane-force indignation at world affairs to drag me to the blogosphere to air my views.  However the foaming dementia of the so-called Ground Zero Mosque, International Koran-Burning Day and the current rise (or resurfacing) of ugly Islamaphobia (a word that is not even a recognized word by MS Office) has churned up enough indignant concern to do just that.

So to Muslims and Islamaphobes of the world:

1.  Get over it - Islam and Muslims are here to stay - Koran-burning and angry feet-stomping vehemence will not make this world religion disappear.  It makes you as uncivilized and angry as you claim "they" are.  Get over it and focus on living your own day in peace and prosperity and love and laughter, because tomorrow is not promised to you.

2.  Muslims, stop having riots and killing each other and dancing about in pent up anger because of what other crazy people are doing or saying about your religion.  Get over it! You are as crazy as the Islamaphobes in your reactions.  Be proactive and gracious, not reactionary and uncivilized.  Through peaceful action and peaceful words you will carry the banner of Islam. 

3.  Christians - what would Jesus do?  I have not met him, but from what I know of him, he would light up the world with warmth and forgiveness and greatness.  He would not be seething, disparaging and denigrating with fear and intolerance.  I believe he would say "I love you, neighbor."

4. Muslims - pick up your Hadith;  what would The Prophet Muhammed do?  I have not met him, but from what I know of him, he would light up the world with warmth and forgiveness and greatness.  He would not be jum[img about in anger or retaliation by killing others.  I believe he would say, "peace be upon you, brother/ sister."

5.  Yes the abhorrent devils of the 9/11 terrorists considered themselves Muslims.  But their actions are not representative of Islam. Much like the priests who molest toddlers and children - they consider themselves of Christ, yet their actions are not representative of Christianity.  It's convenient to mask your Islamaphobia under that brand, but it is counterproductive and ignorant.

6.  As for the Muslims - take back your religion.  It was hijacked in the same attacks.  Fight back in definitive actions and words of peace.  One effective way would be to denounce the deranged and oppressive regimes like Saudia Arabia which is equated to Islam and hides behind the flag of oil and Islam - but is the absolute antithesis of Islam ...

7.  A community center that reaches out in goodwill, (there IS currently NO Ground Zero Mosque - though there actually WERE TWO WTC mosques where Muslims, who also perished on 9/11, prayed) is more respectful of the WTC memory than a strip club.  If you are too blinded by hatred to see that, then you must accept that you are indeed an Islamaphobe and ruled by fear - as opposed to faith and humanity.  You are practicing that which you say you hate.

8.  Muslim fathers and husbands, be extra kind to your wives and children.  It is through your actions that you can counteract the abhorrent perversion of Islam practiced in some parts of the world.  The stoning, the killing, the raping, the destroying of womanhood in some Islamic countries are to be loudly denounced.  That's one good reason to go to the streets to rise in anger against such perversion.

Thank goodness for the likes of  John Stewart (Jewish), Keith Olberman (Christian), Mayor Bloomberg (Jewish and Republican), Fareed Zakaria, (Muslim and American) President Bush (Christian and Republican), President Obama (Christian and American) for infusing some rational and obvious dialogue;  they give the world hope in the face of hopeless paranoia.  And they risk unpopularity in the American media to stand up for truth and normalcy.

At the end of the day, when you take your last breath, there is no "us" against "them";  it's just you and your conscience and the life you have lived,  Whatever you conceive of God to be - hopefully God is tolerant and forgiving and gracious and accepting of you - with all your fears, follies and fortitudes.

Monday, June 28, 2010

cannot believe England!

I just recovered from the England-Germany 1-4 game!!!  Every World Cup, I dream that this will be their year.  Perhaps I should not be shocked - they just are not good or cohesive enough for the young, conditioned, gelling German team.

Rooney - what happened?  Where was the Manchester United glory at the world cup games against Germany?  Thanks for the efforts, though

And yes, Lampard, that was a goal.  The world saw it, even though the linesman was blind to it.  But still. Germany's 4 goals were pretty decisive so it still does not excuse the poor performance.

On a more positive note, Brasil and the Netherlands played with spirit, finesse and confidence and won their respective games. 

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

...thoughts on Guns and Tolerance...

Today while driving to work, I saw the common sticker, “guns don’t kill people, people kill people”.  True that.
However -  the fact remains that there are some people who should not own guns.  Period!

Guns in the hands of children have had tragic consequences - but knives and other seemingly innocuous household objects have had the same effect.

Guns wound and maim and kill.  But so do words, in a way.  So do cars.  So do drivers with cell phones, for that matter. Though one could argue that guns are specifically designed for that purpose.

I am, in fact, a passionate pacifist and have no leanings towards the NRA, but it occurs to me that weapons are all around us and therefore it is our responsibility to counteract them with kindness, care, and concern - all the time.  Now I am stuck with Bill Idol's "don't need a gun in my head"

Tolerance is a word steeped in patronization and condescension.  It implies, "I know I am right, but I will bear the burden of leaving you be."  Come on!  Acceptance is the key.  And yes I know, tolerance is better than hatred and prejudice.  But rise to the occasion and accept that the world belongs to you and to everyone else too.

That's my four cents, folks.  Rise to the occasion and be kind - because tomorrow is not promised to any of us.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Embrace Life

...lives are worth living ...

... now if only we had a powerful video against driving while texting/ drinking

"Get off the phone. Save a life. Don't talk and drive.  You've got precious cargo in that car. Your life. Your children's life. They are not worth a phone call, a text, an e-mail."
~ mother of a child killed by a driving texter

Friday, February 19, 2010

The XX

The music in the AT&T ad featuring Apolo Ohno is breathtaking:  Intro by The XX

Tiger Wood's apology was calculated but heartfelt.  Let the golfer and man be.

This week I lost 2 colleagues:  one a dear friend who died peacefully after a life well-lived, and another too good and too young.  From Alex I will always remember the values of marriage and family and science.   From Frank I will remember the art of kindness, respectfulness and professionalism, even at meetings - especially at meetings.  In peace.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Helping Haiti

Friends - here is an easy way to help those devastated by the earthquake in Haiti: text 'Haiti' to 90999 to donate $10.  Also here are links for other resources to help: Help Haiti, Oxfam, World Vision, Red Cross

Friday, January 1, 2010

today is so 2000 and fine

yesterday was so 2000 and nine
today is so 2000 and fine
tomorrow suns will shine (even if we can't see it through the clouds)
inevitably, till the end of time

so my resolutions are, and always will be
to live while i live, to unencumber my soul free
to follow my conscience, to honor the life tree
and to borrow from Avatar, to really 'see'