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Again, I will say,
"People need to read to worship God."
I did not pay much attention to the name, I have studied enough language to know that names take a punishment due to Transliteration. Maybe I could say, I thought the name was "Lost in Transliteration."
There are two stories, I was reading from the Islamic version of the story of Abraham, whereby,
"Muslims worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice his son Ishmael (Isma'il) as an act of obedience to God, before God intervened to provide him with a ram to sacrifice instead."
Isaac is offered up...
There appears to be two sons, Isaac and Ishmael, Isaac is the Christian son believed to almost get sacrificed and Ishmael is the Islamic son, there were maybe two sons.
Bottom line is it would be easy to just simplify religion or allow people to interpret without reading.
Unfortunately not all people will read, instead they continue to believe then always know, and there is no need to read.
People want their lives to be complicated, we are programed to seek out stimulation where we can find it -- and if it is not right in front of us, we create it. Why else do the more primitive, further removed, societies on the planet have the tendency to also be the most catty? People need to exercise their minds, or they will start creating their own stimulation. Reading helps to do this. A writer publishes that which stimulates their mind, and readers pick up on it and take it to another place, think about it, start a conversation.
The human drama is one of the continuous search for mental stimulation. I travel to do this.
There is a reason why old people talk about the weather.
Sounds like you have been busy writing outside of your blog entries and somehow being more intraspective than usual. Sounds like Africa is a unique part of an amzing world which you help bring to your readers. I think BLIND FAITH is more a factor in worship and following any religion than reading as whether a person is literate or not and receives such content verbally or by reading the "leap of faith" needs to be made, surrendering one's SELF to a higher being. Yesterday, for the first ime in ages I had a short conversation with a pilot from south Texas in the jacuzzi here in Kauai who was Christian and a member of a small protestant "Vineyard" church after I mention religion like insurance companies and governments intend to instill and spread FEAR among the human race for each of their own private agendas. Off to Maui this morning but looking forward to your next entry.
A religion allows a person who is a nobody to be a somebody with the least amount of work. The Islamic relgion does this the best.
"The Way to see by Faith, is to shut the Eye of Reason"
- Benjamin Franklin
"Faith is believing what you know ain't so"
- Mark Twain
"religion allows a person who is a nobody to be a somebody with the least amount of work" is one of the BEST ONE LINERS I have ever heard. BRAVO! Andy I'll be using this one in the future during conversational exchanges of thoughts and attitudes. The more I travel in recent months the more I notice feelings and experiences which are new and unique even though I've traveled since the summer after high school. It's a SMALL WORLD but can be a VERY LONELY WORLD traveling alone to new areas without knowing anyone such realizations are helping me relate to the 1000s of guests passing through our Manila location each year. Just like the idea there's someone special for everyone also applies to social interaction and reminds me of the book, "The Celestine Prophecy" about all living "beings" including plant and animal life as well as humanity being involved in a 24 / 7 exchange of energy.
The words "nobody" and "somebody" you used are well chosen rather more abrasive words like "haves" and "have nots" or "losers" which my wife and I use only between ourselves in private and never in public. Political correctness is so rampant worldwide it seems nobody can "think out loud" any more without being labeled and explore issues and philosophies through open minded conversations with other human beings. So keep those thoughts of your coming as sharing them with others is one way of giving them life. Who knows maybe sometime in the future you will be talking with someone and they will use your own words to describe their opinions!
‘Philosophy is the writing on a cereal box
Religion is the smile on the face of a dog
Im not aware of too many things
I know what i know
If you know what i mean’