The time in which I have lived.. and am living.. as with many of us.. has made me curious and aware of things rarely seen in the U.S.
When I, as a boy, realized that people made money on war.. that money rarely went toward reparations of material things lost in whomever was blamed.. (metaphor for ‘loser’).. and endured the realization that some things can never be replaced.. and those are most precious for they are living..
I had to find reason for that particular perversion of our species.. this has become a lifetime search for truth..
Going back to some of the first scholarly advice I got.. Re: phonics.. being outgoing and an avid reader brought me to my sense of self and others.. words like etymology and defining all the other words suffixed ‘ology’.. (that having to do with life)..
I came to realize further that all knowledge was word definition..
I have found no logic or reasonable principle for violence..
(there are natural occurrences in the universe that appear violent but none planned in our species venue of knowledge)
Being a third generation American.. I do not make a point of race.. religion.. or place of national origin.. I do not look for blame.. rather academic exchange of cultures in learning reason.
I say this simply because if someone was of a religion unfamiliar to me it was something to speak of.. learn from.. and exchange my own views.. and faith..
In the last twenty years there was an increasing use of a word from Islam.. ‘Jihad’.
The murder and lack of productive consequence associated with this word made me seek definition. A sketchy background is needed for those unfamiliar.. ‘Mohammed’ was a soldier and the founder of Islam in the late 7th and early eighth centuries.. ‘Allah’.. came to the senses of those so faithful.. in 1635.. roughly translated it means ‘always known’.. all knowing.. a deity thus brought to Islam.. on the scripture.. from the hand of mankind.. the definitions of ‘Jihad’ is not quite so concise.
The research of this word became repetitious almost immediately.. One scholar who lived in the 19th and 20th centuries defined it as something so primitive it chased its own tail.. saying ‘there is one master.. no matter who the master is.. no matter his history.. he is the law.. do as he says’.. there are other sects in the large population of Muslims who have divined different.. more timely.. though claimed faithful.. definitions.
Then there are those who hide behind what is basically a very peaceful religion. I call this person of late recent atrocities (for oil and money).. ‘The Grand Poobah’.. along with others who have stripped women of their life’s work using ancient Laws of Islam..
I believe the ancient Sharia.. in some if not most areas.. unreasonable in our time.. counterproductive in our time.. it ignores the souls and life force given in love.. (my faith).. fate waiting for the best each of us offers..
Being who I am I believe in freedom.. for this is a free world of the living.. still.. what is private is private.. most private is the unique soul each of us has.. the horrors of any genocide are fearful.. awful.. yet.. has shown us historically.. there is no way to control anyone.
The most horrible attacks on decency being done under the name of any religion.. I consider blasphemous.. for we need understanding.. we need peace.. and as the laws of Islam in parts of the Sharia must change with science.. medicine.. technology.. it must also accommodate those who are not rich males.. or simply are ‘asocial’..
(what I refer to in my work as ‘moral orphans’.)
A concise.. morally true.. academically acceptable definition for ‘Jihad’ still eludes me.. there are plethora definitions with only one thing in common.. it appears to change what is acceptable..
I have learned not to be victim of those who offer protection from fear they create.. for that, to their convenience, is all they offer.. or have ever offered..
To have but one goal in any given second.. that is a peaceful mind.. giving.. and receiving in a peaceful world..
Peace.. Love and Freedom.. to a strong backbeat.. Tony