Monthly Archives: January 2016

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  • What constitutes real?

Is real what passes through your eyes? as far as we know, eyes do not process information, rather they gather occasions or situations. 

It is the brain that transfers these images and allocates them to happiness, love and laughter. So then it seems what we see is not real, rather it is what we process and what the brain decides, that is real.

Well, if you ask me; it’s all an illusion, it’s all fake, it’s all about fake it till you make it. You know how the ‘world’ works nowadays. It’s an idea that they’ve made us buy into. An idea so contentious it makes me teary eyed. A scheme which wasn’t designed to bring us a better life but a perception of how one should live, sought by those wise men who never lived. This mundane, materialistic, ignorant, selfish concept of a Hollywood/Bollywood lifestyle we yearn to aspire to because for some odd reason it defines success!

Maybe emotions have a part to play after all, they mark the difference between a virtual reality that latches onto hearts and one which solely catches eyes. I remorse all the emotions I fail to experience partly due to the veil put before my eyes. Just because it prevails doesn’t mean it can’t be removed.

  • So where do dreams come from?

Are desires born in my head or heart? Do my eyes dictate what is real? does my brain transport me through my life? Or is it the heart, does the heart see, does it feel? Does it show me what i really want to see?

What of dreams? Dreams we have while we sleep, or dreams we yearn to live? They say ‘make your dreams come true’, ‘work hard today and live the rest of your life as a champion’, ‘work hard in silence let success be your noise’. Then they preach these motivating one-liners on networking sites using large bold fonts because they want to drive you to a better life, a life you’ve only read about and seen on the TV. However,they know their audience is weak, words can only be stretched as far as their meaning. So they combine pictures with these quotes, pictures of the perfect beach body, a man driving the latest car, a prestige mansion, skyscrapers, the Burj Khalifa and so on.

They insist your desires become like theirs, they make you feel as you deserve a lavish lifestyle and so you define your success according to that picture, to that quote preached by that celebrity that you later learnt committed suicide.

Im merely expressing an opinion, an opinion that wasn’t designed to conflict with your dreams, but an opinion which insists you to take a skeptic approach.

What’s influencing your dreams? Who’s reality are you living?

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Word

I challenged my readers in person to critic my recent blog posts. One demanded a reference for the quotes I advertise, so I intended to take the feedback on board. Here goes…

Think before you speak, for spoken words don’t always enter one ear and leave the other. -Maariya

The inadequacy of words or our incompetence towards them?

All the poetry ever written

Every verse and every line
All the love songs in the world
Every melody and rhyme
If they were combined
They would still be unable to express
What I want to define
When I try to describe my love for you

I want to open you up to a philosophical idea here (well part of it), one I am determine to win you over with. It begins with Ludwig Wittgenstein and his fellow associate Friedrich Waisemann. Basically an issue they highlight is that the same word that expresses a certain emotion can not be expressed in its same likeness were it to be translated. There you have it, a classic example for the question stated earlier. I insist we have a problem, I just need an answer as to what it is.

Maybe that’s why poetry was designed; to play with words until there were no more synonyms left for expression, just the thirst for another to do the understanding. There are countless quotes I could bombard you with right here, but I’ll let you give the answer to this one.

I guess we all know though, words are to blame in all of this, they’re most certainly are inadequate. Maybe its not the person, it’s their words that are wrong. And with that, their mistakes become a product of my misunderstanding.

 

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Influenced

Spoken words live until they are forgotten.

So write, write for immortality. 

Truth

As the insane man himself once argued; concepts arise as abstractions of individual experiences. Therefore, all concepts arise from ‘the equation of unequal things’ (On Truth and Lie). Thus, truth in other words is linked to its productions.

‘… in short, a sum of human relations which have been poetically and rhetorically intensified, transferred, and embellished, and which, after long usage, seem to a people to be fixed, canonical, and binding. TRUTHS ARE ILLUSIONS WHICH WE HAVE FORGOTTEN ARE ILLUSIONS… coins that have lost their embossing and are now considered as metal and no longer as coins’ (On Truth and Lie).

So there you have it, the problem of truth is enshrined in the way it is mishandled. The insane man speaks some real truth if you ask me. Human consciousnesses does not signify an ultimate reality, because we’re both conscious and unconscious. We interpret the world from a perspective we chose to, and so our individual will to truth must be interrogated.

Put me under the spot light. I want to think. Let the wise man rest in peace.                           On one side of the scale there’s truth, on the other there’s perspectives, external and internal factors. Keep the scale equally balanced they said. How can that be possible when your truth is powered by your perspective? How can that be possible when your perspective changes when others dictate it should? Its all will to truth and will to power.

What I’m getting at is if we shared the same perspective, then our truths would be the same and in turn we would have trust (insincere type of trust). Until of course there was a change of perspective from either one of us, then you know what would happen… your truth would become my lies and my lies would become your truth.

Funny isn’t it how I intended to comment on truth and ended up discussing perspective- as ALWAYS.

‘If you all depend on Allah with true reliance, He would certainly give you provision as He gives it to birds who go forth hungry in the morning and return with a full belly at dusk’ (Prophet Muhammad pbuh) [Tirmidhi] 

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Forgive

Practically most of us have been victims of the bitter injustice of wrongdoings. We have all also struggled in a variety of ways to forgive and to obtain forgiveness.

The act of forgiveness isn’t as straight forward and easy as it seems, regardless of who and how one pardons another.  Ultimately the forgiveness I’d like to talk about isn’t the forgiveness from God, but from one person. -Ask me why-

Why?…  For the obvious reason of course;

1) Forgiveness is no longer subjected to the privatisation of religious faith

2) Forgiveness discontinues to be treated as regarding merely interpersonal relationships

And so forgiveness begins to be regarded as a matter of public discourse and practice, a matter that warrants more than the words of God to console the soul, a matter that longs a solution. An absolution that we can see, feel, and hear. Well, that is what we preach, that is what a modern mindset would preach.

‘Forgiveness is an act of undeserved favor, it is morally good, our forgiveness is rooted in Gods forgiveness. Forgive when you are asked to forgive, I know its hard. But you are weak’

Forget the wrong, forget the sin, forget the mistake, forget the pain. Focus on the healing, the reconciliation, the apology, the positive side of things.

There are two ideological differences that inevitably exist. The conservative and the progressive. Let us take the conservative view, lets be traditionalists, lets preserve what we think we know best, leave it up to God. Let us forgive and move on. Or lets take the progressive stand, lets advocate change, lets progress to a better future, lets be ignorant towards the wrongdoers they deserve no pardon, lets ensure the past doesn’t once again become our present.

You can be a person of either of the two ideologies, but which one is the best one? I know which one I’d pick. I refuse to overshadow this post with my personal opinion on forgiveness, I also refuse to give a reason as to why.

‘One “forgives” when revenge is impossible, but as this would be insincere forgiveness, one nurses resentment’ (Nietzsche 1887). Nietzsche’s argument of forgiveness from his writings in Genealogy of Morals and Gay Sciences advocates that to forgive is as if one is to forget the wrong.

Is forgiveness possible without justice?  

 

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01/01/2016

“The world is three days: As for yesterday, it has vanished along with all that was in it. As for tomorrow, you may never see it. As for today, it is yours, so work on it” – Hassan Al-Basri

Are desires, needs, frustrations the same thing? 

Let’s begin by addressing these as separate entities, not because I think they are.
Desire, a longing or a craving for something that brings satisfaction. In simpler terms, a solution for the itch? Usually requiring a quick solution.
Need, plain and simple is a necessary requirement, without which failure is the only option. It’s all obligatory, my duty and responsibility.
In this instance let’s face it, frustration isn’t any different to need, although it signifies the result of failing a necessary need or desire.
I couldn’t tell you if a desire can/should/will be stronger than a need and vice versa. F frustration, attack its roots, it’s the black hole.
I can however comment on the issues that are encompassed within them. It isn’t as deep as it seems. You must delicate what a need is and the reasons for why it’s not a desire, and ensure your priorities work in a manner that best suits and reflects your reasons for this decision.
One should understand the different types of desires they may have and decide if the itch is worthy of a remedy.
 
You could always fuse desire, need and frustration into one category and pretend what you feel in a particular moment demands priority and action.
I want you to think of moments like these
Moments that are not defined by the activities one carries out
Moments that don’t lend themselves to any particular surroundings
Moments that don’t need pretense.
I don’t know if I should or even if I could, but I know that I would
Carve out a moment in time, free from bigotry, safe from any retribution.
A moment free from the restrictions of time.
A second away from my inhibitions, a minute to fulfill my inhibition.
A moment that allows us to fuel the desire, feed the fire, just a moment
Where can I find  just that moment with you, moments like these?
Some call this reckless or immature, but its your choice… Play with the variables.
 
Anyhow, this is what I think.
 
Sometimes I engrave my name on a bench, sit on it, and pretend I knew myself.

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