Monthly Archives: January 2012

Tolerating Intolerance?

If you are to call yourself tolerant,  would that include tolerating extreme and hateful intolerance?

Lately, I have found the boundaries of my tolerance stretched and tested.  I have noticed an epidemic close-mindedness in the atmosphere, and a lot of hate that stems from it, and from that a lot of intolerance for others, all others.

More and more it seems people are closing in on their minds and returning back to the limited and counterproductive statement: “you’re either with us, or against us”.

All types of intolerance is running rampant: political, social, racial, ethnic, religious, etc… and with a new reactionary fervor that is both threateningly aggressive and illogical.

I don’t really want to go into why people are going backwards towards this primitive way of thinking, that’s for another entry, and deserves more than just mere observation and opinion.  What concerns me is finding a way of tolerating it, or enduring it, and not being pulled down to its level of hate.

Tolerance by definition is a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, practices, race, religion, nationality, etc.,differ from one’s own, or freedom from bigotry.  It is an interest in and concern for ideas, opinions, practices, etc.,foreign to one’s own or a liberal, undogmatic viewpoint.

So am I being dogmatic about being tolerant?

Can any of us really be objective, and therefore fair?

And when this wave of intolerance becomes a threat to our very existence, are we to still tolerate it?

These are questions that I seek answers to, they are not rhetorical but fundamental.  I am sure the answers are there and probably simpler than I imagine, but this  atmosphere of hate, anger, continuous aggression, and social disintegration into intellectual retardation has the capacity to weaken one’s defenses…..

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أجزاء

كلما قلنا وداعا

نتلاشى قليلا

نترك في جيب الحبيب

جزء من القلب

ربما

نغفل أن نهب الجزء الأخير

لنتفوق على الموت؟


لي هنا حزن رائع الجمال

يتسكع لامباليا

في أروقة الخيال


لي هناك إرب من الروح

غارقة في قاع الحياة

أبعثرني طوعا

ولا ألملم أصدائي

فاللذاكرة ملذات…

وللتوق دم يراق

ولهذا الوداع

وذاك

طعم الحرية….

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You Say You Want a Revolution?

This post is just the lyrics of the song ‘revolution’ written by the late great John Lennon in 1968, and still makes sense today to those who question.  It is definitely worth a read and a listen.  (In parentheses are my addenda.)

“You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
You tell me that it’s evolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
But when you talk about destruction
Don’t you know that you can count me out?

Don’t you know it’s gonna be
Alright?
Alright?
Alright?

You say you’ve got a real solution
Well, you know
We’d all love to see the plan (Yea, where is the plan?)
You ask me for a contribution
Well, you know
We are doing what we can
But if you want money for people with minds that hate
All I can tell is, brother, you’ll have to wait

Don’t you know it’s gonna be
Alright?
Alright?
Alright?

You say you’ll change the constitution
Well, you know
We all want to change your head
You tell me it’s the institution
Well, you know
You’d better free your mind instead (we are all prisoners of our own conceptions of our systems)
But if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao (or Che, or any modern day leader, guru, revolutionary or anti-leader)
You ain’t gonna make it with anyone anyhow

Don’t you know it’s gonna be
Alright?”

and here’s the song:

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Poetry for Rainy Days

I’ve added a page on this blog where I’ll be posting my Arabic poems (as a preview of my upcoming poetry book)

https://contrapolitica.wordpress.com/%D8%B4%D9%90%D8%B9%D8%B1%D8%9F/

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You’re not Tired: You’re Broke!

Money can’t buy you love, but  it can certainly make you more energetic and active.
As a person who has been all over the income chart, I can say from experience that having some disposable income is the best energy booster I have ever experienced.

Sound materialistic? Shallow? Maybe, but I won’t apologize because the world we live in today:

1.  Is dependent on material means for security (all kinds of security)

2.  Is dependent on material means for power (all kinds of power)

3.  Is dependent on material means for creature comforts

4.  Is dependent on material means for most social activities

Having a certain degree of security, power, comfort, and social activity can create a springboard to a certain degree of happiness: Happy people are more energetic and more lovable, so maybe money can buy you love after all!

This is not to say that one should not seek inner peace, tranquility, and a sense of self worth irrespective of one’s financial situation.  You can have all that in a state of bankrupt lethargy.

Money energizes, so seek it  without guilt, along with other spiritual, emotional, and morally sustaining attributes, and always ask yourself: am I really tired, or am I just broke?

 

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The Buzz about Social Media in Traditional Media (The Chicken or the Egg Argument)

Lately there has been a lot of talk in all forms of traditional media, about social media. Television programs, newspapers, magazines, etc… are creating a new status for social media and, yes in a way promoting it.

Makes you wonder… social media have been shown as a phenomenon that propagated change in the world, but who actually showed this? The traditional media…

Was social media able to stand on its own without the help of traditional media? And would it have been able to get to such worldwide notoriety?

The role of media in general is to discuss news and events, and social media is one of these phenomenal events that has increased in its reach over the past few years…

It would  be interesting to see a real study about the correlation between the spread of social media, and the coverage and promotion it received from traditional media.

Just a thought !

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