Friday, August 18, 2006

Does the Mass Media Present Different Perspectives or is it Just a Battle for Propaganda?

As we all know, land in the western hemisphere is being cultivated in order to capitalize (i.e. building sub-division's, Wal-Mart's, etc.). The heart is the same way, if it is left uncultivated a foregin element will seek to cultivate it and might I say with sheer honesty, it doesn't want to do anything good with it. For some people, capitalization is the key element to life and if we buy into it, we will turn into its consumers.

So, onto my point... the mass media has several desires, but the grandest one to capitalize on the hearts it laid its waste on. It polutes your heart and mind with propoganda that would confuse those who claim to be the most intellectual of thinkers. It shows you a perspective that attempts to stomp the truth to death. However, have we humans forgotten? THE TRUTH IS INDESTRUCTABLE.

People have doubts about the Lebanese resistence, people like to believe all they see on television, but there also a group of people whose hearts are a little weak. They might bare the intellect to know propoganda is spiritual polution, but their hearts are having difficulty determining whether this propoganda is just or not. There are those who are fixed with their understanding of the term "resistence" (i.e. DEFENSE), and their hearts are strong and stable and are aware of propoganda's poisonus whispers.

What do I suggest? know that everything Israel does is UNJUST.

As many have forgotten, the relationship between the student and teacher is a sacred one...

The commercialization of studies has almost nullified the sacred and precious relationship between a student and his or her master/teacher. The relationship between a teacher and their students is half of the learning process, when it becomes impersonal the greater the likelyhood of the students lacking genuine and direct inspiration.

My blog's are not of significant importance, however; over the summer I spent several months with the student of a grand Ayatollah in Iran (known for his works on spiritual purification) the kind mind was teaching me classical arabic and conjugation.

We eventually evolved into friends before he took the role as "master" and I took the role as "student". He taught me out of the kindness of his heart and I accepted what ever he said; however I was still defiant.

He modestly taught me the responsibilities of the community elders and the ones endowed with education; he also taught me the responsibilities of student and the rights they entrust to eachother.

Nevertheless it was phenominal, it was a system, where complete trust in the teachers knowledge is the foundation of the relationship; and the pursuit of knowledge had no borders. The student was at the mercy of the teacher and contrary to what you might think, the teacher never took advantage. The teacher was far more fearful of God than any of his students and did not dare to transgress. The teacher feels his/her purpose is to enlighten their students, through mutual understanding, open-mindedness and also....obedience.

This relationship is sacred, education has become commericalized (which is normal and constant in modern western civilization) but this sacred essence, unfortunately, has melted away. These universal codes could even be applied to secular education.

My question is: If our education system is consistently facing budget cuts, growing skepticism and different perspectives that not all can agree with, how can each student be taught the fundamental spiritual characteristic of trust if teachers dont fill the hearts of their students with it?

Thursday, August 17, 2006

The Importance of understanding "Perspectives"

This evening a Brother and I shared something special...

How odd was it? two men who look identical and who are consistently mistaken for eachother, have two completely different spectrums of understanding?

This isn't a selfish blog where I focus on myself and the ones closest to my heart, however we are humans and to an extent, represent the human race. Even if this example is personal, it still is universal.

So I figured out, if one human sees something and interprets it from a theorectical/computational perspective, it's by far, different than one whose more rational and compassionate. Neither are wrong, but it is obvious, that different perspectives apply to different situations.

For example, a humanitarian situation would require a compasionate and rational perspective. A Perspective which is directed towards the earning of material would use a theoretical perspective; But ofcourse, there are exceptions...

So All that discussion leads into what?