The Hues of God

February 23, 2017

In the present day human society, there are different conceptions of God, and contending claims as to God’s characteristics, vision and plans, aims, and actions, that do have led to the development of many ideas of different philosophies and understanding of God, which put the color and height of God to be multiple and varied, in cases, quite contradicting and confusing too. Such thinking and beliefs are originated with intention of delivering due reverence and respect to the power beyond which do result in magnifying it, but such way of life could result in delivering unnecessary exaggeration and quite novelistic perceptions.

When people try to magnify and give whatever respect they want to deliver to God, they are observed and found talking on behalf of it, which they live with contradictory mindset and conflicting perceptions since they claim in one aspect of their given understanding, God is unknowable, but in another aspect and features of their life, they are seen and found lecturing, explaining and talking to others the on the color and height of God in very knowable and human way and manner.

Hence, conflicts and contradictions become the very nature of life in this given aspect since this matter is not resolved to date. This matter is not something that can be solved by collective agreement. This matter is not something that can be resolved by religious and political means and methods. This matter is not something than be finalized by concordance of whatever assemblage or congregations or prominent figures or personalities. This matter is not something that can be resolved with the approach this world demonstrates to date since failure is one of the hobbies of this world in such regard.

Although the claims underway do make life and peoples stay on earth interesting since such given way of life make many people to develop some kind of quest for meaning and existence for life on the earth, such unresolved matter is still one of the controversial matters. Discussions and arguments are still going on which make the world we live in with such shape and content of competition, making our life and stay on earth like the life of rats and cats. Instead of trusting each other, people are tagged under one group that alienates others which does not belong to such groups, that result in way that people are divided with different claims, which become sign of identity to their reality. Trust becomes an expensive commodity where as suspicion become king in every society and land.

In matters pertaining to an idea and sense of God, there are basically three broader classes or categories of people who have derived certain conception in matters related to God. The first ones are those people who think that God or gods exist which are known as theists; the second ones are those people who think that God does not exist which are known as atheists; the third ones are those people who think that God may exist, but it is not possible to prove it which are known as agnostics’.

While such theatrical drama of God is going on our world, there are different conceptions and misconceptions that could be arrived due to the nature of the matter related to God since none has proved or disproved it in way everyone can agree so that they can come up with some kind of universal and agreed truth to date. Everyone lives by dictates of their given thinking and wishes and they go by their given thinking or belief which they think appropriate due to the fact that God has no particular home or place or whatever category or class which people could claim.

Due to such and other causes, the secret of human existence is still a mystery and few people could come up with their idea on the purpose of their given existence and how they are created, besides the choices and plans of their given parents, they do claim that they have some kind of plan and purpose behind their existence and they simply justify their given claims by different theories and ideologies they fabricate with sole intention of convincing their own human existence and they justify such claims by their own perceptions of viewing life in this world as well.

Few people think that God does not have a plan to throw us into here on earth since we come to here by our own choices. Such idea is derived from the perspective of our human experiences in life since we do everything by our own choices and decisions on various arenas of life as human create this world by the result of their intellectual elements of life. They have created this world out of their given intellectual endeavor. And they have come up with an idea that God has no power and authority on the things we do in here.

Others claim that we are here on the earth by the plan and choices of God.  Such claim is connected to an idea that everything that is going on the earth has plan and order and there is a power beyond us which design for our living and activities in which every of our breath is designed and done by the free will of God. This is just an idea that people could entertain, but it is something that could deserve further contemplation.

These two quite different and diametrically opposite ideas are entertained on the earth in which the former one could lead to the idea of pragmatic approaches for life in which seeing is believing is the agenda of such life where as the later one is an idea that could lead to  the way of human life to be in superstitious thinking and belief that paralyses human choices and efforts which is contrary to what is going in our world since there is clear human drama that is going on our world due to the fact that human civilization is a good example to support such given perception.

Our lives and activities in this world is mainly affected by two given factors; the first one is that things happen by our own choices and efforts we make in life; the second one are those activities and happenings that come to happen without our plans and choices. Based on such human experiences in life, life in this world is mainly affected by such dual factors that make anyone to deduce that there is something going on which is beyond our own volition and thinking.

Although there is some kind of thing or matter exist which is beyond or outside the control of human conception, naming such matter to any kind of combination letters should not be confused or connected with the idea of knowing it since such given aspect is related to mere speculations and assumption which people derive in life. Identifying or relating any given matter which is unknowable in essence to combinations of letters,  such as God or Allah or Jehovah or whatever, is not warranty that people know such matter since none of them claim that God is knowable, which still needs to be proven that whether God is knowable or unknowable too.

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The Special Person

February 22, 2017

Who are you? What makes you special or someone who is out of the ordinary? For some people, this can be a big and higher cause of unease and hassle. Such feeling and thinking do in fact bring about some kind of confusion and contradiction in life. However, being special does not only just mean being incomparable, or being better than others at some task or ability or skill. Being special means being valued. Being valued is an effect that comes out as result of what people think and do.

When people are special, they have in fact something unique in their given life. They do not think in normal or regular way since they have unique perceptions in life. They are not like ordinary people and they do not think in ordinary manner. They think in very exceptional way. They deliver special or extraordinary views to the world at large. They solve complicated and complex problem in unusual way. They have different perspectives in viewing the world and their surrounding environment as well.  They are different.

Such uniqueness may not be noticeable for them, but it could be noticed and recognized by others since such people could make other people think that they are special as result of their given thinking or experiences of life. And other people have perceived and understood something exceptional in such people’s life or personality and thinking. Hence, they could make other people think that they are indeed special since others have never faced and experienced such human drama in their given life.

What such kinds of special people do trigger on the peoples undertaking is two folds. The first one is they make one segment of society or community or people to make them appreciate and admire life in this world. As they say, in one book, O Lord, increase my astonishment in thee. Contrary to such segments of society and people, such people do also trigger envy and jealousy on the other side. Both are natural human dramas of life in this world.

When we live in arena of life where few people are special, there are three different scenarios in such regard.  The first ones are those few people who are special on the eyes of others. In the second scenario, there are few people who think that they are special. In the third scenario, there are few people who are indeed special.  Every scenario of such life has its own way of looking at things and thinking in one’s undertaking. Hence such given aspect do affect on what people think and do in life as well.

George Bernard Shaw famously said, “Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it. Such way of thinking being special is in every nation and country in which most people think that are special since they belong to certain nation. This is one of the interesting human dramas that is operating in the theatrical stage of our world in which everyone thinks that one is special since one has some kind of passport or citizen or one thinks that one is better than others in some regards.

Some people instantly make other people to feel and think that they are special by virtue of their thinking or whatever virtues they deliver on others. Such people could perform or do make others to think, whether deliberately or unintentionally. But they have some kind of impact on other people which make other people think about them that they are special.

This happens for two reasons. The first one is that what such people think or do something is special; the other scenario is that most people are shaped in way they think in such way and manner due to the social make up of their given life in which the moment they face or find out something different on other people, they automatically think that such people are special. Such way of perceiving realities of life is one given aspect of life in this world.

People cannot be special by copycatting other people thinking and cat since being special means having unique way of thinking and doing things in life. People are special since they have something special which is noticeable and recognized by others otherwise such given aspect would not happen. Other people think that few people are special since they have observed something unusual and way far from the routine and regular activities of life.

In another scenario, the term special is coined in different angle in which in the United States, special needs is a term used in clinical diagnostic and functional development to describe individuals who require assistance for disabilities that may be medical, mental, or psychological. In this case, the word special is coined not in way that one is special in the world of extraordinary realm, but rather, one is below the ordinary and thus people need some kind of special assistance to cope up the normal circumstances and condition of the regular routine activities of life in this world. In the United Kingdom, special needs often refers to special needs within an educational context. This is also referred to as special educational needs (SEN).

Human beings have very interesting nature since they want to express their thinking and feelings which they have for others in way which the find it convenient. Sometimes words are not sufficiently forceful to manage expressing people’s deepest feelings. Then, they call such people as loved ones or special ones since they have special or delightful feeling and thinking on them. They sing a song; they prose a poem; they make paints; they give gifts and other things which they think they deserve. They share their feelings and thinking in different mechanism and they express their feelings thru email, cell phones, and so on. They are also heard saying, a special person is someone who listens to me, makes me laugh and buys me nice presents. Do you have anyone in your life that does those things?

 

Flag and Ideology

February 17, 2017

Flag of the United States, popularly called the American flag, the official national flag of the United States. It consists of 13 horizontal stripes, 7 red alternating with 6 white, and in the upper corner near the staff, a rectangular blue field, or canton, containing 50 five-pointed white stars. The stripes symbolize the 13 colonies that originally constituted the United States of America. The stars represent the 50 states of the Union. In the language of the Continental Congress, which defined the symbolic meanings of the colors red, white, and blue, as used in the flag, “White signifies Purity and Innocence; Red, Hardiness and Valor; and Blue, Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice.”

The social, intellectual and emotional spaces that exist between individuals are accommodated by social identity with the instrumentality of such causes as one of them is the flag. And such flag exists in today’s form and content after passing different stages of development as it is by now. It was germinated in few peoples’ mind and it gets manufactured to the outside and objective world by taking its evolutionary shape until it gets its content and shape in the way it is now. Everything has its own humble beginning and gets its relative final form and content after passing different evolving stages of development and processes of its life. In this case, the original form and content could get diverted to different end as time goes by since many things and people change in due course of time, which do have an impact on such given aspect of life.

When certain flag changes from one color to another, from one form to another, it is not only the content and form of that given flag changes, but the ideology and belief behind such given flag change. In this case, such process of change reflects the types of process and undertaking any given flag undertakes. Such process of change also reflects the type of vision and goals such people and their respective change wants to bring about. Hence, new people are borne and other people are dead in such causes of life since flag is not only about the garment and color of garment, but it is about the philosophy and belief which are enshrined behind such flags.

Accordingly, behind such given flag, there is process which was undertaken to reach at this latest point since there are always few people who are at the core and behind such thoughts that are enveloped in such flag. These are the first level or upper classes who define the integrity and constitution of such flag. The second ones are those who make a round of applause to such meaning and interpretation of what such flag delivers and they widely propagate the importance and significance of such flag. The third ones are those people who accept without questioning and they represent the majority of the population. The fourth types of people are those people who question the meaning and deliberation of what such flag delivers. The fifth types of people are those people who make and sell such flag to entire population since they make something out of it.

While taking one single point on the meaning and deliberation of the color of any given flag, for example, blue is in here considered and understood to express vigilance, perseverance and justice. While other people understand blue as deceiver and they mention the case of the color of blue sky thing as people go upward to touch and get close to the blue sky which they see in here on the ground to what is on the air, there is no such a thing as blue on the upward and they understand and consider the color blue as something illusory as they interpret and understand such matter as symbol of deception too. In such instance, the color blue is treated and understood as a deceiver.

People understand any given matter based on their given exposure and experience in life in which their given understanding and interpretations of their given life experience is derived out of what they know and they can know as there are people who understand and interpret the color blue as symbol of perseverance and justice as there are people who understand the color blue to the contrary to what other people perceive in which such people consider it as deceiver. Both experiences and exposures of life do exist as part and parcel of experience and exposures of peoples’ life. This is one drama and aspect of the human way of life that is going on past, present and future too.

The other drama and theater of such flag is the color related to green, yellow and red which many countries share in today in which the original ideology behind choosing such color as flag was the color of the rainbow which is understood as the sign of victory. In the olden times people understand and know the rainbow as three colored thing, where as people in today understand by the help of scientific study that rainbow has at least seven colors. They associate the color of rainbow with the power of divinity and they assume that they are powered and guided by the grace of the divine power since they have rainbow colored flag.

Japanese used to think that their emperors were the divines until they were invaded by America and faced horrible destruction at the Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  Such massacre and horrible demolition made Japanese people to change the way they think and believe before. Good people learn from ideas and insights where as other people learn after destruction and the take lesson by hard means and ways.  They do not understand few things unless they have experienced and faced which will eventually happen.

Fire exists since it is one of the objective realities on this world. People do not have to touch and face fire in order to proof that fire exists. Fire is a reality that comes in this world as result of certain actions and reaction of chemicals or matters of interaction that do make any given conflagration to happen. In this case, it is not possible to claim that there is no such a thing called fire without seeing it since fire is reality that comes in its own good time by the result of certain transactions of matters that do cause it to happen.

There are certain theories that could make certain societies believe it as something true and correct since they have never been disproved wrong by any other circumstances or they have been proven wrong by certain incidents that they are wrong, but with unbending characters and thinking which they are made up with their given system, they are found dead even if they are physically alive since they do not want to face objective reality and the truth, they live with rigid mindset and mentality even if time and reality proves them wrong, they get attached with their own old fashioned ideologies and mentalities which past centuries and ages have delivered.

Flags are about collective and social identity even if they do not tell peoples given individuality and personality. Social identity is made upon collective agreement which is subjected to change since anything and any matter which people do agree in today could change in tomorrow as the need and questions of tomorrow are different. Life in this aspect is connected to subjective aspects which do have an impact on people’s judgment and life by what people think, choose and decide.

The color of any given flag does not tell the integrity and sovereignty of any given nation since every nation has its own given flag and it is one means of differentiating one given nation from another since it is one way of separating and telling that any given nation and society has its own respective identity. Every color has its own peculiar characteristics and nature and the meaning and understanding every color can vary from people to people depending on their given cultural context and way of perception of realities. Delivering special significance and importance to few colors does not warranty that given nations is going and heading in way it is put in there and managing its affairs accordingly though wishes and hopes are there in.

By doing so, giving special importance to the specific colors of the flags does not mean and refer that any given nation should only be referred, linked and associated to the colors put on the flag since every color has its own interconnection and interrelation with every nation if they make further research and study on colors. Delivering special significance to few colors, and neglecting others do imply on peoples’ constricted understanding and way of perceiving realities of life and colors that do make them narrow-minded than being open-minded. Such narrow minded and boarder oriented thinking and feeling are also reflection and result of such given understanding of life too which should be widened and opened to wider perspective and areas of life that should augment peoples understanding and appreciation of life in this world too.

Nationalism—Social Identity

February 8, 2017

Social identity is one of the becoming nature and characteristics of life in this world. Individuals want to belong to certain group and collective identity since life in this world is not possible without belonging to certain group and identity. We live in world where and when any given group mentality and thinking dominates other individual and other groups mentality and thinking. In such case, survival of the fittest is the dominate thinking and belief even if such influencing groups are false and fake. This is one aspect of life in this world.

One of the mentality and thinking of social identity is the desire of creating strong self image with intention of enhancing one’s identity by discriminating and belittling others. In such case, one group seeks negative images on other group so that one can be going by dominating and influencing others. Creating prejudice and bias among society becomes one of the governing mentality and thinking within any given community dynamics.

In such process and way of life, gang mentality and thinking is one factor that germinates amongst such group and it becomes evident that such thinking do influence group behavior and thinking in any given social dynamics since any given group want to maintain its reputation within any given social dynamics whatever social status and personality people have within their given domain. And one group try to intimidate others to create fear on others so that one group want to live with winning mentality and thinking. Gangs are opportunists who take advantage of a situation that will allow them to enhance their self reputation.

People are influenced by others such as peers in order to develop certain thinking and behavior within that given social dynamics which they respectively belong. And one of the thinking and belief that is made upon such thinking is the feeling and thinking of nationality and nationalism which people develop in any given social dynamics. Nationality and color of any nationalism is mainly made up of few powerful people thinking and ideology within any given social dynamics, which people develop thru time and process of life.

It is indeed important and essential to love one’s nation for it is the best way of expressing one’s love towards the same people to which one is belonging.  It is good to be attracted to any given social dynamics and appreciate one’s people that do not mean that we need to hate others who do not belong to the same category as ours, for loving one people can never lead hating others.  But, rather it increases the capacity of our attitude in love, which needs to extend to a greater size and dimension.

Things are changing and different, where the unseen forces are pushing the world of humanity to think in different perspectives and mentality; the complexity and challenges of the world is getting interconnected and interlinked together.  Challenges and difficulties that the world is facing are becoming global in aspect and nature, which require global dimension and outlook in terms of finding specific solution.  Terrorism, for example, is one of the social and global catastrophes that the world of humanity is facing, which has no boundary, afflicting nations and the people as well. There may be other challenges and complications that may be borne tomorrow which persuade humanity to think so differently in attitude and conceptualization.

Challenges and technological advancements are forcing the world to reorient, reorganize and shift the mentality and perspective toward the world we are living in, to a different aspect and way of viewing of the world, and managing its affairs in a different way than as was before. In such a world, to feel so nationalistic at this critical time of the planet may not mean important and necessary, but rather we may need to enlarge the boundary of our nationalistic feelings considering our planet as one nation, which demands the change in attitude and mental settings.  Our attitude towards nationalism needs to be changed in terms of perspective as well which considers the entire globe as one nation, which may not be simple, but we can give a try and see how the world will look like if the world of humanity perceives the whole planet as one nation, and try to work together in building this world by integrating the necessary components that are necessary to form it as one big nation.

Such way of life is not done by the instrumentality of any given religious mentality and thinking or any other political ideology since such way of life is practiced and done before and failure is one of the hobbies of life in such given aspect. Such global thinking is something the process of life brings about since people interact and communicate more and better by the instrumentality of way of life or any given ideology people believe and practice. By the end of the day, such thinking and mentality is come in any given individual mentality or thinking although religion or politics become instrumental, but they are not something that should be considered as end goal for such life, but they serve as one of the processes of life since peoples’ desire of belonging to any given political ideology or religious belief and system is depleting in every day and time.

If we are thinking with the traditional mentality of nationalism that we already have, we are not capable enough to solve the problems that we are facing, for the nature of many problems are more of interlinked with many nations, and our attitude of nationality, as we can witness, is another additional problems to the ones we already have, which needs further and different remedy as well. Nationalism is indeed one of the gods that people worship, for they have pride being a citizen of what they assume a good nation.  It is good to belong where our life is easy going and become simple. One can have any nationality, for it is not derived out of effort and hard work, rather it is created by the exercise of the free will of other people before us and by the power beyond our control.  Who else is borne in a country where one wants to be?  If that is the case none of us will be borne nowhere, except in a place where life is good, and the world will be densely populated in one place and no enmity and such chaos would have been in abundant.

It is the free will of our parents that brought us to this world, and to a very specific country, tribe and family, but not our original desire and mentality. It is not our excellence and brilliance that made a contribution for any one of us to be borne in a particular place, which does not need our expertise and intelligence, rather there might be a mystery that we need to find out. When we are brought from non-existent to existence, it was not even the choice of our parents, but as a matter of the design of the nature of this world, in which they have also no choice and it is not their free will to have us and be born in their house, and our mothers to carry us in their womb, but they are already destined for that.  None of us need passport or visa to be born in a particular place.

We came from the world [even if it is non-existent] that we have never experienced limitations like this one, where our identity is tagged by the many listed identifications of this world, and our actions and reactions are controlled by the many rules and regulations that awaited us without the original consent and advise of us, in which we exercise and accept them with such obedience that we have no choice and options. People are proud for their nationality is different and they assume that they are better than others due to their nationality mentioned on their passport, but they have twenty fingers, two eyes, one nose, two legs, the inventory is the same as the others, and there can be no difference between human beings because of this. Their different nationality, which makes them to pride, have never helped the world of humanity to solve the problems afflicting today, but rather it is becoming by itself a problem and a ‘sick mentality’ that the feeling of betterment towards identity creates another complication whose effect puts the world of humanity in a vicious circle of crisis.

People should help with each other than have pride one with the other, for in cooperation lies the nobility of human beings, not in competition. Human beings have been competing for years, and it should be enough.  The end of days for competition has to come, and people should work hard to close the chapter of competition. Such competition makes life and people in this world as rats and cats. The feeling and thinking of enmity is caused because of such given way and style of life. Nationalism is so contagious that the moment one gets into this world, it welcomes every one with registration and identity, and gives no chance for anyone to think and to decide, and binds all to live under it.  It is such a dictator, and everyone has no choice except to be tagged and labelled under it, which creates boundary, differences and feelings of antagonism between the peoples of the earth, who should belong as citizens of one nation and one world.