Monday, 25 August 2014

Easy or Difficult. What choice do we make?

Easy or difficult?

The #choice is in each of us. Separately and together.

Easy:

Anger.
Pride.
Jealousy.
Envy.
Hatred.
Unethical.
Corruption.
Stealing.
Back-stabbing.
Killing.
Adultery.
Rape.
Pollution.
Environmental Destruction.
Pollution of the Soul.
Taking.
War.
Drug abuse.
Alcohol abuse.
Easy.
Cursed.
Propaganda.
Speeding.
Mindless pursuits, like excessive TV watching!!
Profanity. Profane.
Death.

Difficult:

Kindness.
Generosity.
Love.
Friendliness.
Honesty.
Ethical / Ethics.
Cleanliness.
Giving.
Receiving.
Peace.
Charity.
Giving someone the benefit of the doubt.
Listening.
Silence.
Difficult.
Blessed.
Thinking.
Taking the time to spend time with yourself.
Taking the time to spend time with your loved ones.
Mind Training.
"Right" Conduct.
Forbearance.
Meditation.
Dedication.
Wisdom.
Truth.
Purity.
Sacred.
Freedom of Speech.
Life.

Difficult or easy?

We each have this #choice. This is the #choice that God has given us. This is the path to our Buddha nature. Every second. Every minute. Every hour. Every day. Every week. Every month. Every year. Every decade. Every score (20 years). Every century. Every millennium. In every time. In every life. In everyone's life.

In Hebrew the first two letters of the word for Curse (KLaLa) are KaL Kal is easy. It's easy to be unkind. Its difficult to be kind. Its easy to destroy the environment. its difficult to replenish the environment.

Easy or difficult. We each have this choice. We each have this right and this obligation.

What will we choose?

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Wars: why pick on Gaza?

I've been trying hard not to say anything about Gaza, and to focus on the things that I actually know about, e.g. Computer Programming and South Africa's Electricity Crisis, but someone just compared the current Power and Water outage in Utrecht, Natal with Gaza. He said: "Imagine what its like in Gaza".

And I replied:

What exactly has Gaza got to do with Utrecht? Especially when 1000's of trucks have taken aid and supplies into Gaza through the Israeli border crossing? Especially when 1000's of tons of concrete was supplied by Israel and was used to build tunnels instead of schools?

Or perhaps you meant to add:

Imagine what its like in Israel with thousands of rockets raining down on you? Imagine what its like to have to live within 15 seconds of a Bomb Shelter? Imagine what its like with people jumping out of tunnels highjacking your children?

Maybe you meant to add:

Imagine what its like in Iraq with people killing Yazidis and Christians?

Imagine what its like in Sudan?

Imagine what its like in Zimbabwe which in some parts only has an hour or two of electricity per day? And a lot of Africa is like this! But no one says anything.

Imagine what its like in 50 other hotspots in the world?

I really don't mind you picking on Gaza. I just mind that you leave everything else out!

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Ladies: Benefits of Immigration to the Middle East



Ladies: time to immigrate to Saudi Arabia, Afganistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, etc?.

The benefits:
1) Only men at the women's conferences;
2) You have to stay at home, so no need for money to travel, etc;
3) No bikinis, etc, hence massive savings on looking beautiful;
4) Easy clothes shopping: you can only wear black and you have to be covered from head to foot;
5) No make up required: no-one can see it;
6) No hairdos, in fact no hair: no-one can see it, think of the savings in hair products and haircuts;
7) You can't drive: think of the savings in car bills and petrol and maintenance costs. Your husband has to take the kids to school;
8) No choice of religion: this makes it so easy for you to choose which religion you want;
9) If you want to go out, a male relative has to accompany you, which makes it even easier for you to decide where to have dinner tonight;
10) No freedom of choice; your husband decides everything for you; so this makes your decision making so much easier. You can meditate knowing that you are being taken care of;
11) Making love: don't feel like it tonight? Don't worry, your husband can get up to 4 wives.

Feel better now? Good. This is what we all have to look forward to if the way of life we had in the Dark and Middle Ages wins out over our current way of life.

Hypocrisy

Part of what I truly want is people to be consistent, to not be hypocritical and to not blame others when they have faults they still need to fix.

Here is an article that explains this feeling:

Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem Accuse Israel of Genocide


By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

What do Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz know about genocide? Well, apparently enough to know that Israel is committing one in Gaza against the Palestinians and Hamas.

But seeing their public declaration to that effect, I wondered about their immersion in the subject.

What, for example, is their position on Erdogan’s Turkey on why it’s against the law to acknowledge the 1.5 million Armenians slaughtered by the Ottomans during the First World War?

And what of the holocaust? Are Penelope and Javier, who are married, concerned about the repeat of the genocide of the Jews, especially since the Hamas charter explicitly calls for the murder of all Jews wherever they may be found, which is in fact a true call for genocide?

And what of the Cambodians. Have Penelope and Javier studied the killings fields where one third of the Cambodian population was murdered by Pol Pot and the Khmeier Rouge? Have they at least read Samantha Power’s excellent book on genocide, A Problem from Hell, and if so, why have we not heard anything from them on the subject until now?

Where, for example, were Penelope and Javier in April of this year during the twentieth commemoration of the Rwandan Genocide. I of course saw Samantha in Kigali. I knew she would never miss it, even if she were not the American Ambassador to the UN. But Penelope and Javier were absent. Perhaps they were making a movie. Or perhaps they were tanning in Malibu. Regardless, are they familiar with the Interahamwe Hutu militias that macheted the Tutsi to death? Is this the first time they’ve heard the word? Have they ever reached out to President Kagame of Rwanda to ask him what a true genocide looks like, and how to define it?

For that matter, did Penelope and Javier travel to the former Yugoslavia to gain a better understanding of the genocides that took place, there, in Bosnia, Srebrenica, and Kosovo?

In other words, before they parroted the obscene, depraved, repulsive lie that the Jews are committing a genocide of the Palestinians – a charge laid out by arch anti-Semites Roger Waters and Recep Tayipp Erdogan, both of whom compared the Jews to the Nazis – did they bother to even study the Arab-Israeli conflict?

Are they aware that Arab leaders, stretching back to the Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin Al-Husseini, and going all the way up to Hamas and Iran in the present day, call for the total annihiliation of the Jewish State of Israel with its six million inhabitants?

If Israel wants a genocide against the Palestinians, then why does it allow 1.5 million Israeli Arab citizens to live with total human rights as citizens of Israel, with more freedom than Arabs anywhere in the Middle East?

If Israel seeks a genocide of the Palestinians, why did it withdraw fully from Gaza in 2005? And why, with Hamas firing rockets at most of Israel’s cities, doesn’t Israel just carpet bomb Gaza? After all, it’s what the British and we Americans did to Germany and Japan when they fired rockets against London and other British cities. Churchill’s response was Hamburg and Dresden, both flattered to the ground. Roosevelt and Truman’s response was Berlin, Tokyo, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki, all of which were pulverized.

Indeed, didn’t Penelope and Javier ask themselves why Israel, widely assumed to possess stockpiles of thermonuclear warheads, didn’t just decide to nuke Gaza if they want a genocide?

And whoever heard of a genocidal power that uses text messages, phone calls, leaflets, and other alarms to warn civilians to leave buildings being used by Hamas to fire rockets? Did the Nazis warn the Poles that they were going to bomb Warsaw? Did the Hutu warn the Tutsis they were about to unleash an orgy of killing?

And if it’s the Jews, rather than the Hamas who wants dead Palestinians, then why is Hamas turning Palestinian children into human shields, walking rocket silos, and human bomb bunkers?

No, one must simply conclude that Penelope and Javier are very talented actors and dismal students of history. Yet another Hollywood couple whose talent lies in impersonating characters and who are now trying to impersonate human rights activists and historians.

That’s bad enough. But when accusing Israel specifically of genocide, Penelope and Javier have crossed the line from vacant and hypocritical Hollywood human rights grandstanding into unforgivable anti-Semitism.

And that’s pretty tragic.

Shmuley Boteach, “America’s Rabbi” whom The Washington Post calls ‘the most famous Rabbi in America’, is the international best-selling author of 29 books, and will shortly publish “The Fed-up Man of Faith: Challenging God in the Face of Tragedy and Suffering.” Follow him on Twitter @RabbiShmuley.

Friday, 1 August 2014

The air we breath

Thought for today:

We all breathe the same air. The air is recycled, through trees, human bodies, animals, everything. We all breathe the same air.

If you kill me because you hate me, even though I have done nothing to deserve this hate (i.e., I haven't killed your mother; I haven't shot your father; I haven't raped your sister; I haven't stoned your daughter; I haven't stolen your house after I declared your people abhorrent so that I could steal your goods; I haven't sworn at you; I haven't said you are evil) and I have been compassionate and I have been loving and I have freely given you goods and land as a "peace-exchange" and I have tried hard to understand and to therefore listen very carefully without any filters and without any judgement to what you have to say; But even after all this you still steal my livelihood and kill me and my people?

Well even if you do this, you will still be breathing the same air that I breathed forever!

So its time for us all to forgive each other and to move forward on this planet in the middle of an infinite universe amongst infinite universes in a multiverse.

I firmly believe that our neighbours out there are peace loving, no matter what Hollywood thinks of them. And I firmly believe that the day there is real peace in the whole world for 1 second at exactly the same time, we will meet our friends, who are out there, just waiting for us to wake up.

May we all discover our Buddha nature, which is buried deep within each of us; within every single one of us, even amongst people who are unconscious in their actions.

May the Infinite One who causes peace to reign in the high heavens let peace descend on all of us, and on all the world, and let us say, Amen.