Who is driving your car?   Have you ever been in a car that has two steering wheels.   I have, when I was learning how to drive.   My mother kindly sponsored my driving lessons – thanks BTW – and the other side of the front dashboard had a second steering wheel and a pedal that would override my pedals.   Now what if his pedal and my pedal worked at the same time, could you imagine the schizophrenia of tires screeching, squealing and kvetching about the different directions they are heading?!   We are all a vehicle for our souls expression, our thoughts speech and actions are one hundred percent based on what we desire which CUASES what we think about, say and do (“the legs go where the heart desire them to go” the Talmud.)   Now unfortunately for us we really do have two souls, two steering wheels pushing our thoughts (primarily) hence speech and actions in different directions. ‘ The first thoughts come from our animal / vital / instinct’s soul that like an animal basically is attracted to and recoils from pain and pleasure respectively.   The other soul is who we really are, what we really want, you know world peace, harmony and end to terrorism and a messianic blissful universe for all.   The problem is that it all depends who is pushing the pedal harder. Think about it, if my driving teacher has the override button I can be in the front seat but he can be driving.   Similarly if we do not truly cogitate, meditate, integrate, assimilate, contemplate, integrate and passionately focus on our spiritual goals than our instinctive side which was the predominate side of who we were for the first six years or so in our lives Read more…

No one in the west understands how the Germans became Nazis or how the Arabs and many other Muslims and even western Muslims become cold blooded Nazis with the sole preoccupation of murdering men women and children including their own – they kill more of their fellow Muslims that don’t follow their barbarism than they do Jews and Christians (think Iraq, Pakistan and the Middle East.)   The answer has nothing to do with religion – the Nazis weren’t overly religious – rather it has to do with perception.   You see you and I (hopefully) perceive a good world; as such we love what we perceive, I love you for I perceive you to be good, you love me for you perceive me to be good. True we may have different philosophies, worldviews, religions but that is because we where raised in different environments, if I was raised in your society and you were raised in mine, you and I would both share the exact same worldviews that we both have, rather they would be reversed.   So what causes good people – for people are not born evil – to become Nazis, cold blooded passionately focused only on murdering others. Freud had to analyze this and he came up with a controversial but perhaps correct theory that within us we have an instinct for life and an instinct for death.   Perhaps a similar way to explain this, is we have what we love and what we hate.   We love goodness and kindness for we intrinsically are social beings not anti social beings while we hate malevolence evil dissension strife disunity.   However a person who is very ill tastes sweet foods as bitter, similarly with enough beatings, humiliation and lack of respect necessary for the perception Read more…

Article 15: The liberation of Palestine, from an Arab viewpoint, is a national (qawmi) duty and it attempts to repel the Zionist and imperialist aggression against the Arab homeland, and aims at the elimination of Zionists in Palestine. Absolute responsibility for this falls upon the Arab nation – peoples and governments – with the Arab people of Palestine in the vanguard. Accordingly, the Arab nation must mobilize all its military, human, moral, and spiritual capabilities to participate actively with the Palestinian people in the liberation of Palestine. It must, particularly in the phase of the armed Palestinian revolution, offer and furnish the Palestinian people with all possible help, and material and human support, and make available to them the means and opportunities that will enable them to continue to carry out their leading role in the armed revolution, until they liberate their homeland.

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