To err is human…

by iGanja 7. February 2006 17:27

Not Muslim, or Jewish, or Christian, but human.  We all make mistakes.  What defines a civilized people is how we deal with those mistakes.  If one day I find myself in the left hand lane wanting to turn right, and suffer a momentary laps of judgment and try to do so, should I then be condemned to die for it?  Should I be beheaded for the insult I have cast upon the right lane traveling public?

 

Do civilized people really believe that a human being, alive on this world for say 30+ years, with a family, a mother and father, kids of their own, and people who love them, deserves to be beheaded (of all things) for a single cartoon?  The real answer is No.  There are in fact no civilized people who believe this.

 

The truth hurts doesn’t it?  I find it so amazing that those who we find wanting usually live up (or down in this case) to the very characterizations of which we accuse them.  Is it merely coincidence that the Muslim community resorts to violence when insulted by a depiction of them as violent?  How will the rest of the world ever see them any other way?  The sad fact is the world will never see them as anything but innately vengeful people incapable of diplomacy, acceptance or forgiveness.

 

It is simply fantasy to think that there will ever be peace in this part of the world.  A people so entrenched in religious obedience calling for the killing of innocent people to pay reparations for some stupid cartoons is simply barbaric.  Are we as a species doomed to annihilate ourselves over a question of which not a single person on the planet knows the answer?  I fear God would find that to be the ultimate sin.

 

 

oh, I ganja, not!

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kmt
kmt United States
2/9/2006 3:56:15 AM #

You started out strong there, but you lost me when you opted to lump the (continual) ridiculous overreactions of a faction of "religious" (I can't speak for the level of their spirituality vs. the level of their out-and-out hatred for the Western world) savages with an entire community/religion. Please, before anyone’s panties get in a bunch and you start screaming “If you don’t like this country, then go live somewhere else you friggin bleeding-heart liberal!” let me clarify: 1) I love this country… and am eternally grateful for being lucky enough to born in a place where so many freedoms (including that of speech) are ours and 2) I am not supporting the actions of these factions. I find the whole uproar unreal. But, I guess, when a person/group of people is hell-bent on the inherent evil of other(s), they’ll find any and every reason to justify their hatred/anger… even if it is ridiculous. But let’s think about their hatred for a moment: We here in the good, old US get a very limited view of “their world.” We only see stories about how we’re hated, how much they all want to (and do) kill us, and what a huge “favor” we’re doing by going there and “sharing” democracy (so how dare they hate us, ungrateful bastards)! This keeps the meager remains of support for “Operation Iraqi Freedom” intact. (Keep us afraid of “those bad people,” and we’ll agree to just about anything… Patriot Act, anyone?) When’s the last time you saw the top story on the 10 o’clock news tell us about peace-loving Muslims? About Muslims helping others? About devout Muslims who want nothing but peace in our world? You don’t… that’s far too boring (Ratings, people, ratings!). On top of it, that would make them, gasp, human… and we certainly wouldn’t want to go about killing humans… would we? Now, think about how they may see Americans. Mid-East media coverage is just as slanted, if not more so, than ours. To them, we appear to be a country full of, yes, hypocritical religious zealots who talk about peace, but then run a tank through their hometown; kill their loved ones; and, among other things, are doing our darnest to destroy them (hmmm… seems our respective POVs aren’t all that different, eh?). Are we all like that? I prefer to think not… Lumping the actions of hundreds, maybe thousands, with the true beliefs/intention of hundreds of thousands/millions is a mistake on both sides of the fence. That is the mistake we’re all making. And that, my dear, is what may spell our doom. OK. Skewer away!

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Oh, I Ganja

When something becomes clear, when a wrong is righted, when vengeance is yours. It doth not matter when, where or why. It is an epiphany, the clairvoyance to conjure up the stolen data tapes, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to go do, that voodoo, that you do, so well. When we finally see past the layers of muck and grim our society has cloaked itself in, we exclaim "Oh, I Ganja!"

Let us not hide our heads in the proverbial sand. Let us question everything and seek enlightenment in answers. But wait, there's more! If you act now, we may even sprinkle in some truth with those answers...

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