posted on Jul, 10 2014 @ 01:30 AM
In the mind of the Islamist, you are just an object. A theoretically existing "illusion" put in the way of Allahs true warriors.
The philosophy of Islamism, which comes to use through the writings of Hassan Al Banna, Sayed Qutb and Mohommad Iqbal, is based upon the theological
views of the 11th century Persian thinker Al Ghazali.
it's important to discuss this because we so much craziness coming from Hamas, ISIS, Iran, Hezbollah, Boko Haram, Al Qaida, etc.
Wouldn't it be nice to understand them? to understand WHY they do what they do? What precisely is compelling their actions? What sort of logic or
primary way of viewing things?
We in the west take our philosophical forebears for granted. We should thank Aristotle for giving us the method of induction into our thinking. For
getting us to explore the physical and find therein the cause for their behaviors.
For instance. Why does a cup fall when I drop it? A western trained mind would attribute the fall to the weight of the cup. The cups weight attracts
it to the earth. The earth's gravity plus the cups weight causes the cup to fall. This whole dialect expresses something called an efficient cause.
The weight of the cup contains a basic 'force' that results in it's collapse. For Christian and Jewish theologians - both of whom admit this logic
- the cups weight is a secondary cause. Though essentially it is the cups properties in its interaction with the earth that causes its collapse.
Now lets explore the whacky and mystical world of Al Ghazali. For Al Ghazali, it was sacrilege to attribute force and reality to anything "outside"
of the primary reality of God. God was the efficient cause and only God alone. Anything that could be known about God was not mediated by anything
that existed "out there" in physical reality, but through the Quran, which acts as his his will projected into human reality in the form of the
narratives held within.
Crazy nonsense eh? Yes. This means a by-the-book follower of Al Ghazalis views literally thinks that any 'cause' is only whimsically a cause. That a
microorganism causes disease and is alone an efficient cause for disease might be respected by a Muslim biologist, but a theologian or a youth growing
up in bedlam, it is far too subtle to be understood. For them, for those who study nothing but the Quran, Sura and views of ancient theologians, it is
the views and perspective of Al Ghazali, and his understanding of how reality is nothing but the 'extension' of Allah into (seemingly) secondary
You, Me. We are just pieces in the way of the eschatological end game for Islamists. The Israelis being shot at by the crazy people in Gaza are being
shot at for some righteous desperation. Righteous people wouldn't respond this way. They would actually seek to work things out like reasonable human
beings. But reasonable human beings, those of us who've grown up in the west and have been fortunate enough to absorb it's psycho-social
ingredients, use their reason - an efficient cause for living righteously - to guide their behavior. For Islamists, human beings, A PRIORI, are unable
to think ethically or morally on their own. All ethical thought is derived from the Quran; and only a trained scholar possesses the wisdom to know
what is right and what is wrong. The Muslim world is glut with tell-me-what-to-do hotlines for people in a moral quandary.
Talk about passivity! Eh?
Well, moderate Muslims, thank heavens, agree with Aristotle. Human beings possess the innate capacity to thinking rationally and reasonably and
therefore to determine and know for themselves what is moral behavior. Ethics is a SHARED wisdom. We all essentially sense that 'do not do to others
what you wouldn't want done to yourself' expresses some fundamental social truth about human behavior. We need to cultivate this attitude if as a
whole we are to flourish and live in peace and quiet with one another.
Think what you will about the Israelis. They are biting a bullet for the rest of us. They represent a more moral and forward society and they working
under the volcano, so to speak, in having to deal with primitive minded Islamists who want nothing more than to eliminate non-Muslims who abide by a
worldview anathema to their own.
ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Boko Haran in Nigeria. The lunacy of the Iranian regime. Fundamentalist Islam is still alive and well
Though I hope, and sense, that more and more young Muslims and citizens of Muslim predominate countries will come to adopt the worldview that has been
hard-earned in the west. We had to pass through world wars to discover that fundamentalist conservative ideas about self and other lead inexorably to
social chaos and self destruction. The Muslim world will catch up. I see how the internet is changing things. But the Islamists represent a deadly
counterforce to the presence of mindful awareness that is growing in these countries.