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Originally posted by Jean Paul Zodeaux
Eastern philosophy embraces the duality of life not as some sort of problem that needs to be handled but as the cornerstone to understanding our problems. According to the Tao, the moment we recognize beauty is the moment we understand ugliness. The moment we recognize good is the moment we understand evil, and the moment we recognize evil is the moment we understand good.
If everyone is right then no one is wrong, and yet experience shows us that this idea smacks of contradiction. Eastern philosophy seems to be much more at ease with contradictions than Western philosophy. Indeed, Ayn Rand insists that there are no contradictions and when confronted with one we should check our premise. I have long found this advice to be useful, but unlike Rand who had no kind things at all to say about Zen and other Eastern thought, I also find the embrace of duality to be useful.
The thing about this duality, however, is that it does not mean that we must surrender our own point of view to some sort of group think or collective, and certainly not to mindlessness. Rand's problem with Zen lies in the translation of the word she was given, which she understood to mean "no thought". This fascinates me because my understanding of the word Zen in translation is "the way of the small thought" which implies a sort of focus that Rand actually advocates.
Was Rand too much of an ideologue? Possibly. I am constantly accused of being too much of an ideologue, but here's the thing; I can embrace the duality between communism and capitalism without surrendering my own right to property. Pierre-Joseph Proudhon declared that all property is theft, but when I wake up in a morning with an itchy spider bite, I do not lament this and despair in wonder as to why that spider hates me so, I understand it came down to property dispute and the right to defend ones property. I will generally be grateful that the dispute was not with a Brown spider or Black Widow and remain confident that if this spider insists on dragging the dispute on I will ultimately - with a rolled up newspaper - have the winning hand. Does this make me an ideologue or just someone tired of being bit by a spider?
Originally posted by Jameela
But it is the people who believe I am a threat, who are a threat to my existence... I fear them because I have had a gun to my head, because I have been threatened with physical violence simply for breathing and no other reason.
Originally posted by ISHAMAGI
I believe in pointing the finger at yourself first and fix yourself sadly the world doesn't follow just because your learning and growing.
Originally posted by Jameela
I agree with much of what you said, although I would like to add;
Many people use religion, but not for the right reasons, this is in all religions, Islam is not alone in this category of having the good and the bad people who claim to be followers of Islam.
I am not defending the bad, I am just trying to state fact. Maybe Christians hide their bad better, maybe Muslims do, but there are good and bad people everywhere. And to place blame on all Muslims is incorrect thinking.
Muslims have to also, this is not only a criticism of you, we all have to stop judging the other based on only bad aspects, but learn to deal with one another as people.