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You torch me with your rage, seeking to reduce me to ashes with your lies

Singe my skin, skin my dreams, pull me apart at the seams

But you’ll come to realize when it’s too late 

That these billows of smoke that sting your eyes are carrying me to the skies

There’s nothing anyone can do to harm me

The fire purifies me of grime which then cloaks your soul for life

and my ashes become stardust

your darkness is an eternal purgatory.you’ll find no redemption in burning others when your soul is made up of carbon monoxide


 

Divi/sion 

​If I hear the argument “arabs/cadaan*/Hindi/madow/Qabiil hebel**/wahabis are [negative adjective]
I’m going to whip out

“Men are savages. Every war, every colony,every injustice at a macro level has been meted out by men. Masculinity is wholly based on the subjugation of others, especially women

Yet you don’t hear me blame men because I know that human nature has a propensity for evil when they get power. It just so happens that men won the genetical lottery that enabled them to beat everyone else to the throne.

So if I can’t use that argument of condemning all men when I’m damn near accurate in doing so, what makes you think that you can paint a group with a broad brush because they have a history of violence? 
And if you do that, if you pin your grievances – valid as they are- on the background of the perpetrators so as to put a parameter around the evil that you wrecked you, and you could feel in control by knowing what to avoid — how are you ANY different than them?

Any injustice meted out against a people starts with these steps 

1. Homogenization: Painting them all with a broad brush because it’s easier to just bundle them all together.
2. Dehumanization: Portraying them as disconnected from humanity, we reify them.As if they were inanimate objects one doesn’t feel empathy for. 
3. Demonization: We project the epitome of evil on to them and they are replaced by a concept with the singular purpose of threatening our safety and existence. It then becomes easy, nay, imperative that we exterminate them. 
People do absurd things in order to not feel pain, to not feel defeat. And in doing so, they carry on the legacy of their oppressor. 

Instead of hating the people you think are war-makers, hate the appetites and disorder in your own soul, which are the causes of war. If you love peace, then hate injustice, hate tyranny, hate greed – but hate these things in yourself, not in another.

— Thomas Merton (New Seeds of Contemplation)

* White people 

** Tribe 

Be inspired : 15 quotes about injustice

1.When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.  –  Mahatma Gandhi

2.Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth. – William Faulkner

3. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.- Martin Luther King Jr.

4. Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities – Voltaire

5.We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

6. In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

7. Instead of hating the people you think are war-makers, hate the appetites and disorder in your own soul, which are the causes of war. If you love peace, then hate injustice, hate tyranny, hate greed – but hate these things in yourself, not in another.- Thomas Merton

8. I guess the only time most people think about injustice is when it happens to them.- Charles Bukowski

9. I am a person who is unhappy with things as they stand. We cannot accept the world as it is. Each day we should wake up foaming at the mouth because of the injustice of things.- Hugo Claus

10. The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.- Albert Einstein

11.The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.- Edmund Burke

12. The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men. – Plato

13.How easy it is to judge rightly after one sees what evil comes from judging wrongly. – Elizabeth Gaskell

14. God did not create evil. Just as darkness is the absence of light, evil is the absence of God. –Albert Einstein

15. The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but

shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more,
but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and
smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees
but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more
problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little,
drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too
little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our
possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and
hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to
life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but
have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer
space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom,
but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but
accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more
computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we
communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small
character, steep profits and shallow relationships.

These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but
broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway
morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything
from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the
showroom window and nothing in the stockroom.              –   Bob Moorehead

A brazen totalitarian ideology

I’m not perturbed by people who hold different views from me, as long as these people are genuine in their beliefs. What I mean is, if someone is using religion or political views as a pretext to advancing their own sinister agendas and do so with haughtiness and arrogance; I become livid. I don’t care if it is extremist Muslims like ISIS ( and I’ve had very heated debates with people of their ilk in the past) or militant atheists – these are pretentious bullies who have no personal boundaries and feel the need to descend on people and drag them away from  ‘ignorance’ in shackles,if need be, to their view of enlightenment. Do you see how I described two opposing factions – religious extremist and militant atheists- in one vein? This is what I was getting at; it’s not their beliefs that irks me, it’s what lies beneath this. As an INFJ I can sniff out discrepancies miles away and this totalitarian ideology reeks of intense hatred. These people flock to whatever belief system of their choosing, propelled by a deep sense of insecurity and shame . Look at this chart below, and find the roots of narcissistic tendencies and rebelliousness.

 

This might make it clear that we define our stances, and not vice versa. Like Rumi quipped, “Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person to another, not words.” Violence and intolerance arise from the deepest recesses of broken individuals, and when this happens, they might channel this in different avenues, but the results are always despotic and totalitarian.

In this respect, I hold al-Baghdadi (ISIS) and Dawkins,Harris,Hitchens and their ilk in the same regard; I do not say that they are alike in beliefs but rather in motivation. Tell me how this statement of Harris’ differs from those of ISIS  “Some beliefs are so dangerous that it may be ethical to kill people for believing them¹ ?

Watch below a quite telling debate with Richard Dawkins who is a notorious anti-theist on a mission to eradicate religion. It’s quite interesting to see his visceral and facile reaction when brought under the microscope.


¹Sam Harris, The End of Faith, pp.52-53.

 

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