don’t burn the forest for the trees


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I don’t think we appreciate the stability and relative order we enjoy in the West. Instead of looking at the (relatively) rare terrorism incidents as reminders of what we’ve taken for granted and what so many of the world’s population are undergoing sunrise to sunset, year after year, generation after generation even though they deserve to enjoy stability as much as we do, we shut ourselves down.

We make it about ourselves and use it as an ammunition against the other. These things visit our shores not because of some mozlamic conspiracy but because our apathy has real life consequences. Whether we agree or disagree, whether we like each other or not- bullets don’t discriminate, nor does the climate or human crises.

I’m not trying to detract from what’s happening, nor am I downplaying the tragedies. But I’m merely putting the pieces together in a bid to retain sight of the forest, and not just the trees. Imagine if the bombing in Manchester went on for hours? Days? Weeks? Months? Schools, hospitals, playgrounds, malls destroyed. People leaving their entire history behind. People not being able to even give their deceased loved ones a proper burial because of the chaos? That’s the state of many parts of the world, and it’s imperative that we don’t take our stability for granted and that we don’t lose our humanity. If that happens, our disease will grow into a third world war. That’s what happens when we repress things – they appear in the world as fate.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn who was a Russian writer and a revolutionary who played an integral part in undermining the Soviet Union and Communism by writing about his 8 year experience in the forced labour camps (Gulag) which he miraculously survived – both physically and emotionally, had this to say about the West and the critical point we are in atm, in a Harvard Commencement Speech (1978) called A World Split Apart:

The current Western view of the world was first born during the Renaissance and found its political expression in the period of the Enlightenment. It became the basis for government and social science and could be defined as rationalistic humanism or humanistic autonomy: the proclaimed and enforced autonomy of man from any higher force above him. It could also be called anthropocentricity, with man seen as the center of everything that exists…

This new way of thinking, which had imposed on us its guidance, did not admit the existence of intrinsic evil in man nor did it see any higher task than the attainment of happiness on earth. It based modern Western civilization on the dangerous trend to worship man and his material needs. Everything beyond physical well-being and accumulation of material goods, all other human requirements and characteristics of a subtler and higher nature, were left outside the area of attention of state and social systems, as if human life did not have any superior sense. That provided access for evil, of which in our days there is a free and constant flow. Merely freedom does not in the least solve all the problems of human life and it even adds a number of new ones…

If humanism were right in declaring that man is born to be happy, he would not be born to die. Since his body is doomed to die, his task on earth evidently must be of a more spiritual nature. It cannot be unrestrained enjoyment of everyday life. It cannot be the search for the best ways to obtain material goods and then cheerfully get the most out of them. It has to be the fulfillment of a permanent, earnest duty so that one’s life journey may become an experience of moral growth, so that one may leave life a better human being than one started it. 

It is imperative to review the table of widespread human values. Its present incorrectness is astounding.It would be retrogression to attach oneself today to the ossified formulas of the Enlightenment. Social dogmatism leaves us completely helpless in front of the trials of our times.

Even if we are spared destruction by war, our lives will have to change if we want to save life from self-destruction. We cannot avoid revising the fundamental definitions of human life and human society. Is it true that man is above everything? Is there no Superior Spirit above him? Is it right that man’s life and society’s activities have to be determined by material expansion in the first place? Is it permissible to promote such expansion to the detriment of our spiritual integrity?

If the world has not come to its end, it has approached a major turn in history, equal in importance to the turn from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. It will exact from us a spiritual upsurge, we shall have to rise to a new height of vision, to a new level of life where our physical nature will not be cursed as in the Middle Ages, but, even more importantly, our spiritual being will not be trampled upon as in the Modern era.This ascension will be similar to climbing onto the next anthropological stage. No one on earth has any other way left but — upward.”

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I think globalism and the influx of immigrants and refugees to the West is a sign of a huge paradigm shift that is happening at the individual level; the reintegration of our shadows, the parts of us that we’ve repressed and shunned. The parts of us that we project on others and hate them for it. The parts we blame on others so as to escape reckoning with ourselves.

All the tragedies and injustices that have occurred throughout human history can be traced back to an inner imbalance; either a tyrannical attachment to what one is and has, or a nihilistic apathy to life. The former being a symptom of an overdeveloped masculine energy, ( the logos- rational, analytical, distinguishing) and the latter an overdevelopment of the feminine ( the eros – relating, harmonizing, divergence) .
This has led to the overly rational West to shun everything that can’t be controlled or predicted – i.e. the realm of the soul, and this can be seen in the long history of wars and colonialism on their part. The underdevelopment of the eros, the feminine energy, has made Western culture devoid of empathy and harmonizing.


However, the underdevelopment of the masculine energy in say, Africa has led to the lack of integrity, organization, critical analysis of social changes, and awareness of self-interests.

In other ways, this manifests itself in the collectivist cultures where cohesion of the group is valued above individual boundaries and values. And in individualistic​ cultures, such as the West, society is atomized and centred on competitiveness and the distinction of the individual over the group.

By the breaking down of barriers by way of English being a global language, accessibility of the internet and in particular social media, and the efficiency of travel, we know have a world where everything has been pooled in a main space where we either have to discover that we always were interconnected, or we’ll destroy one another in our reluctance to change and transform ourselves.

This is beyond who’s wrong or right, or who has a worse track record than who. If the ship sinks, we all drown. And it’s important to keep in mind that what we abhor in the other – the bigot, is an aspect we possess too. And it’s in reconciling with our shadow and our demons that we’ll be able to de-escalate things just by virtue of withdrawing our projections on the world that recreates it in the image of our self-hate and fears.

when crossing the line is a good thing

i wrote this at the height of the Gaalkacyo conflicts this past summer that was reminiscent of the conflicts that foreshadowed the 1991 civil war. and indeed, many were afraid it’d boil over to the rest of the country. i thought it’d be a good reminder to come back to the points made as they are perennial lessons we’ll have to revisit as Somalis

I know how things get stirred up. Demons wake up. Pain bubbles to the surface. Chain reaction. I want to put a spoke in the conflict’s wheel.

I’m angry, but I’m letting the anger burn me instead of finding a way to project it on external causes or people.

This is a very complex situation, and it’s easy to pin it to one party or one cause. But it’s that easy way that has brought about an endless loop of trauma. Sometimes I think, is Somalia like the movie Groundhog Day where the main character played by Bill Murray found himself living the same day, February 2nd, over and over and over again.

He first reacts to being stuck waking up to the same day by wilding out: binge drinking, sleeping around, recklessness galore. But that becomes boring pretty fast. So he starts getting depressed and suicidal. He commits suicide. Only to wake up in the same day again. He commits suicide a couple of times more, in vain.

When he realizes that there’s no escaping this earthly purgatory, he starts putting his endless 24 hours to good use. He learns languages, playing the piano, eloquence. He starts noticing those around him and their needs. And for the first time he cares. He tries to help the homeless, aid people with their personal crises, and not be a bystander anymore.

This causes him to be the talk of town, and a woman who he has been desperately trying to get with to no luck finally pays note to his character transformation. They fall in love, and he decides he’ll be alright if he has to live in this endless loop forever, as long as he’s got her.
The next morning he wakes up to February 3rd! The endless loop has finally broken!

I feel that we are going to be stuck in this endless purgatory if we don’t stop taking to the same visceral reactions every time.

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Why Trump is the silver lining we’ve all been waiting for

Everyday we go deeper down the rabbit hole with the Trump administration and I’ve noticed that people use his antics to “convince” Trumpsters that he’s a fascist and it becomes this childish play of ‘Does Not!’ ’ Does Toooo!’ .

All the while I’m thinking yo! Will we be laughing all the way til WW3. Like,haha, he declared war on Iran and North Korea but like, he can’t really do that because Constitution, right? Like, there’s an inbuilt mechanism in the system that wouldn’t allow him to go that far, right? 

Next thing we know, we’re running for our lives in the middle of the night with our PJs on. And I’m saying this as someone virtually on the other side of the planet because the spillover effect of the US on the rest of the planet is very real.

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Fritjof Capra 

Whenever we look at life, we look at networks.

Fritjof Capra, The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision

Systems thinking is “contextual,” which is the opposite of analytical thinking. Analysis means taking something apart in order to understand it; systems thinking means putting it into the context of a larger whole.

The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision

As the twenty-first century unfolds, it is becoming more and more evident that the major problems of our time – energy, the environment, climate change, food security, financial security – cannot be understood in isolation. They are systemic problems, which means that they are all interconnected and interdependent. Ultimately, these problems must be seen as just different facets of one single crisis, which is largely a crisis of perception. It derives from the fact that most people in our modern society, and especially our large social institutions, subscribe to the concepts of an outdated worldview, a perception of reality inadequate for dealing with our overpopulated, globally interconnected world.

The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision

Genuine mental health would involve a balanced interplay of both modes of experience, a way of life in which one’s identification with the ego is playful and tentative rather than absolute and mandatory, while the concern with material possessions is pragmatic rather than obsessive.

 The Turning Point: Science, Society, and the Rising Culture

A person functioning exclusively in the Cartesian mode may be free from manifest symptoms but cannot be considered mentally healthy. Such individuals typically lead ego-centred, competitive, goal-oriented lives. Overpreoccupied with their past and their future, they tend to have a limited awareness of the present and thus a limited ability to derive satisfaction from ordinary activities in everyday life. They concentrate on manipulating the external world and measure their living standard by the quantity of material possessions, while they become ever more alienated from their inner world and unable to appreciate the process of life. For people whose existence is dominated by this mode of experience no level of wealth, power, or fame will bring genuine satisfaction.

The Tao of Physics

There are solutions to the major problems of our time; some of them even simple. But they require a radical shift in our perceptions, our thinking, our values. And, indeed, we are now at the beginning of such a fundamental change of worldview in science and society, a change of paradigms as radical as the Copernican revolution. Unfortunately, this realization has not yet dawned on most of our political leaders, who are unable to “connect the dots,” to use a popular phrase.

The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision

This exceptional ability to interconnect observations and ideas from different disciplines lies at the very heart of Leonardo’s approach to learning and research.

The Ecology of Law: Toward a Legal System in Tune with Nature and Community

This state of affairs is not inevitable. Humans were able to employ science and law to transform common holdings into a commodity and then into capital; we also have the ability to reverse this path, transforming some of our now overabundant capital into renewed commons.

The Ecology of Law: Toward a Legal System in Tune with Nature and Community

He had a deep respect for life, a special compassion for animals, and great awe and reverence for nature’s complexity and abundance. While a brilliant inventor and designer himself, he always thought that nature’s ingenuity was vastly superior to human design. He felt that we would be wise to respect nature and learn from her.

The Science of Leonardo: Inside the Mind of the Great Genius of the Renaissance

The double role of living systems as parts and wholes requires the interplay of two opposite tendencies: an integrative tendency to function as part of a larger whole, and a self-assertive, or self-organizing tendency to preserve individual autonomy .

The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision


Real shit to keep in mind for 2017

I aint a conspiracy nut, but listen. My INFJ senses be firing off. Don’t tell me I didn’t let you know.


  1. The internet isn’t a  meritocracy. Stop asking why someone who’s good at whatever they do isn’t more known/doesn’t have a bigger following than someone who’s mediocre but more famous. Integrity, creativity and courage doesn’t do well with algorithms and tags.

  2. Realize that social media isn’t a reality. It’s virtual reality curated by you. Meaning, you searched for ideas or people based on impulses you got. You thought up a clever/witty username to stand out in the crowd, you processed your thoughts to create statuses that’d garner the most reactions. Everyone and everything on social media is a direct response to you. You’re a virtual deity. But don’t deceive yourself into thinking the world is confined to your passwords.

  3. Change doesn’t need numbers. It needs focus. Focus needs purpose and passion. Not trends on twitter and reblogs.

  4. What would you do if you had no access to internet for an entire month? How would you react? What would you do with your time for that whole month?

  5. 2017 is going to be the beginning of a turbulent era. An era of darkness and ignorance. It’s not going to be such because of some extraordinary evil force, but because majority of mankind are dazed  and addicted to social media. Do yourself a favour this coming year and wean yourself off social media before it’s too late.

  6. Think about it: social media is our real addiction, and we’re in a codependent relationship with people of status – celebrities, high ranking politicians,activists. They tend to have narcissistic tendencies, and that’s how they are able to survive at such high altitudes. Altitudes that no compassionate, thinking, feeling human being should thrive at. They do it because they aren’t those things. They know it because they used all the sick people as stepping stones. Our weakness is their power. We promise them a devout following if they promise to please us.

  7. Social media is based on erasing critical thinking, personal boundaries, self-esteem and self-empowerment. Instead of basing decisions on personal conviction and value, one bases it on the probability of getting the most amount of likes and exposure. What does the majority respond to? Whatever it is, it aint the truth.

  8. For a while, things are going to seem very, very lonely. You’ll think the whole world is in disarray, your idols don’t have a clue and you don’t know what to do. Don’t worry. What you’re feeling is the dissolution of an old paradigm that has been eroding humanity and nature for way too long, and it’s going to get uncomfortable BUT it’s just a phase. Befriend solitude. It’s scary but extremely rewarding.

  9. Learn to find the calm in the storm, because there’s going to be plenty of those.

  10. History repeats itself. Many have gone through the shifts we’re experiencing. The discomfort of dissolution has given birth to visionaries who’ve fortunately left behind a huge trail of books. You’ll find solace in writers.

  11. Don’t look for the world to feed you. The world has fed you long enough. It needs you now. So feed off your own power, stand by your own support, be comforted by your own voice.

  12. What happens in the external realm is just an extension of the inner. It’s just a symptom of a deeper ailment. Don’t waste your energy firing off at Trump or climate change. Look within and sever the roots this corrupt tree has grown in you.  Then grow your own tree of self-awareness. That’s how you can help humanity evolve past destruction, in the long run.


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