Posted in beliefs, pluralism, realizations, reflections

Bubble that bursts


Filter bubble is the worst thing that a human mind (and as a result, human civilization) can experience, however it is not alone a google/internet phenomena. It has existed in all eras. We held our preconceived notions and unquestioned optimism so close that it can become a kind of grave for us.

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Posted in culture, happiness, islam, poetry

VII-VIII-VI


No Nauroze is complete
without making some art
blossoming flowers and the garlands
pearl set on the wrist
brush strokes over the egg shell
pen replaces the sword
warrior horses have adorned the ankle bells

 

The army of piety
choose your cause wisely
be the ambassadors of peace and love
sans discrimination
we all are sons and daughter
of mother earth
conserve our relations
with all things natural

 

First ray piercing through clouds
on the wishing pond
where gold fishes dance
amid glitter, coins and gold
O dervish, let us whirl in joy
old is ever-new; new ornaments the old

Posted in freedom

Why complicate the expression!


To all those who consider Freedom of Expression as an unconditional/unquestionable license, I will say it is a right as per the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and every right comes with a responsibility. If you know something can offend a non-offender, you better refrain from it. If you think it will offend an offender (you can UDHR and cosmopolitan ethics as a yardstick), then you better don’t care and express it because sometimes all we need is a disruptive innovation. We also need to understand that one idea can be expressed it multiple forms. From persuasive to provocative and worst to inciting hatred. The idea loses merit when the way it is expressed/narrative does not support the idea in theory and practice. Talking about hatred or violence through inciting hate or ridicule might get an instant response (and sometimes backlash – a.k.a. publicity) but not attitudinal change because the expression does not support the idea. Always ask why (intention) and you will figure out a good answer to how, if  ‘why’ was headed in an ethical direction! Freedom does not mean escape! #twocents Image Source:http://flavorwire.com/450601/no-the-internet-isnt-killing-free-speech/

Posted in lessons, life, realizations, reflections, social relationships

better place


You learn new things everyday and your existential worldviews evolve through dialogue. What I have learned lately is that we do not need to console ourselves all the time but actually feel the flux and discomfort of ourselves and others. It is okay to feel vulnerable because you can always bounce back. Immunity and order in certain conditions is neither desirable nor worth living for. We consider silence is to be dignified but sometimes agression to preserve human dignity is also sacred.

Posted in beliefs, history, islam, lessons, pluralism, reflections, religion

Paris, I love you – Charlie Hebdo attack and the bottom line


I wanted to write whole argument on why people think that religion is dividing and actually how myopic is our understanding of violence and fanaticism. The reason for addressing these two issues were both the cartoon and the horrific massacre by the terrorists. However, I will skip it for another day as in crisis, we need more time to reflect and try to simplify the complex without corrupting the beauty of its complexity. It is the time for analysis, conclusions can wait.

The following is a perfect response by a friend and her wisdom:

How can a cartoon or a video destroy and mess with your faith and how can murder save and avenge it?

I would like to include other beliefs such as sexual diversity or human dignity or equality because apparently both the publication house (in terms of an institution) failed big time in salvaging their own ego and fanaticism through a display of hate speech in disguise of satire, and terrorists I believe they are godly as I highlighted previously in this post – It is NEVER okay. In short, cartoonist and staff members did not deserve it despite of whatever they expressed.

Paris is the worst place for this kind of subtle media fanaticism (with forced freedom) and apparent religious fanaticism. France is revered for love, democracy and human rights in historical and cultural narrative.

In connection to the particular cartoon, Muslim are fighting a tough battle internally and at global level (illustration) and this is the time for everyone to practice empathy and compassion – we do not need more oil in the fire. At the same time, LGBTQ community world over is trying every day to get their voice heard and fighting for identity in vulnerable situations and this is the time for everyone to practice empathy and compassion – they do not need more oil in the fire especially with backlash from religious fanatics.


 

 

Response after some initial responses from other channels: In discussions, I believe everyone should condemn the terrorist attack but then you are forced to advocate freedom of speech in its current defunct status. People all over the world, who are neither terrorists nor fanatics but moderate religious individuals are victimized through insult of such media content and the expectations of accepting it with a pinch of salt or displayed a populist standard of sense of humor. There is no empathy for receivers. Press had its voice but where is the voice of people who felt offended and never resorted to violence. Participation is never taken seriously, it is judged miserably. One ratified forced response is the only thing accepted – you can not lie on a continuum, you cannot question the sanctity of press. Where does free speech goes then?

The initial reflections above were not to equate in terms of moral equivalence of the both acts – their degree of fanaticism and approach of exercising is very different. For me, it is not fair that if I have to condemn one then I have to the take side of another. There are always more than two sides – the coin metaphor does not fit all.

In the start of this blog post, I clearly said it is not the right time but I guess we need to address the multi-dimensionality of the issue. Being an avid art practitioner and advocate, I am all for responsible use of freedom of speech and expression – it is not an alien concept and much possible, as exercising moderation in whatever you do is seen as a natural law. We all have desires but we find the appropriate place and approach to satiate them. We do not curb our expression but find the right spot. I am not pro-forced freedom rather it is important to foster positive interdependence (it is not simple as a clause on free speech in constitutions because blasphemy laws can be equally dangerous to freedom). Why – simply because most people will choose autonomy over freedom and autonomy can not be exercised in isolation – it needs positive interdependence. At the same time, I am completely against banning; I am pro-debate in public. I guess, as an institution, this publication has failed big time – nothing less than subtle fanaticism for me (even we remove the horrific massacre that followed). Moreover, there is no justification and tolerance for attacking or killing someone.

At this moment, my heart goes to the families of victims – May the souls of departed rest in eternal peace.

Posted in care, life, one story at a time., pakistan, poetry, religion, social evils

It is NEVER okay.


Oh the landlords of faith
It is not okay

You are not the learners[1]
Enemies of learners and children
Disgrace to Abraham’s sacrifice
How can God thrive on human blood?
It is not okay

You are not the learners
Your thirst did not sanction two drops
I can hear the cries of children – some dead, some crippled
From schools, dinner tables and heaven above
It is not okay

You are not the learners
Sans humility, your ego is godly
Is not blasphemy applied to you?
You think you are godly
It is not okay

You are not the learners
You are politically racist – have no religion
Christian, Hindu, Army, Civilian, Muslim
Who can kill his own brothers and sisters?
It is not okay

You are not the learner
Dread sight of martyr learners in your afterlife
Their Sin: upholding the title of Ashraf-ul-Makhlooqat[2]
Before God, you will have to answer them
It is not okay

You are not the learners
Why would you respect the learners?
Intellect is not be used in religion, you say
Religion disapproves your reason
It is not okay

You are not the learners
If the learner in me would have to fight back
I will never pick up a gun or sword
Feel free to die in shame
It was not okay

In solidarity with Muslims, genuine learners, children of Peshawar, Pakistan and civilians of Sydney, Australia.


[1] In Arabic, Taliban

[2] In Arabic, Finest of all creatures (as bestowed with the power of intellect)