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Pay heed to freedom, for it is the privilege
and prerogative of every human being and all other life forms.
Pay heed to love, for it is the essence of Creation,
of human beings and of life.
Pay heed to peace, for it is the assurance
of all positive development and unrestricted evolution.
Pay heed to harmony, for therein lies the
equilibrium of every thought, feeling, deed
and everything else.
Do not allow yourself to be rushed by the din, burdens
or bustle of daily living, but remain always composed
under every circumstance life presents.
Seek tranquility, peace, love and freedom –
each is a valuable element of harmony.
Allot some time every day to finding tranquility,
for it affords you respite and time to contemplate.
Practice getting along well with everyone
but do not lose yourself in the process
and always remain within the limits of your ability.
Always respect your fellowmen as fellow human beings,
although they may have dispositions that differ from yours;
indeed, even the worst among them is a creation of Creation,
hence, everyone is just like you – a human being.
State your truths freely, clearly, calmly and candidly,
for only in this manner is an authentic picture created
which defines the true nature of everything.
Allow other people to freely express their opinions,
for they are allotted the same rights as you.
Listen to others, to the bright and intellectual individuals,
and also to the obtuse, the foolish and those who lack learning,
for they, too, have opinions and statements to offer.
But distance yourself from aggressive, boisterous and
obstinate individuals so as not to become embroiled
in their pointless disputes,
for such people insult one’s consciousness,
humaneness and refinement;
and yet, at the same time, forget not
that they too are beings of Creation, whom you,
as a fellow human being, must show appropriate respect,
even though you may find their thoughts,
feelings, deeds and actions unacceptable.
Should you draw comparisons between yourself and others,
you will inevitably realize that others
are either stronger or weaker than you in certain matters;
this, however, is no justification for you to feel
superior or inferior to them.
Therefore, neither vain nor arrogant become,
neither bitter nor ashamed, for there will always be
someone who is more eminent or less advanced than you
in learning, morality, character and the like.
Refrain not from enjoying achievements you have gained
through your own honest efforts.
Delight in these accomplishments as much as you do
in setting positive objectives
and bringing them to successful completions.
Always be mindful of continuing your development
in every possible matter, including both your personal
and consciousness-related evolutions.
Therefore be perpetually and humbly attentive
to your personal progress, but only in a righteous manner,
because integrity is the only, truly positive possession
you have as a human being in these changing times.
Approach your work and your business with forethought
and circumspection, for good work is worthy
of proper compensation;
circumspection, forethought and honesty
offer sound long-term rewards in business,
even in a world of guile.
When you achieve positive, remarkable successes
keep from becoming blinded and deafened by them and
proceed toward those things of virtuous substance.
Be attentive also to the means and ways
of the people with whom you deal;
though many strive for lofty ideals,
few reach their goals.
Life appears filled with heroism wherever you gaze,
but when you glance behind the scenes
you find only fear enveloped in a haze
and someone’s craving for pretending
to be greater than he or she really is.
Hence, heed not these matters to the degree where
you wish to imitate them; instead, recognize your true self.
Positively realize yourself within your own Self.
And allow these traits to permeate your entire nature.
Do not feign affection for someone if, in reality,
you fail to hold such feelings for the person.
Make no pretense to your fellowmen that bears no truth,
for honesty is a directive which, together with knowledge,
is undeniably the path to wisdom.
Never be cynical about sincere love,
for love provides you with the certainty of coexisting
within everything there is, in both the spiritual
and the physical realms.
And love is the true essence of Creation;
it will endure for ur-eternity and all Great Times
beyond every conceivable hardship and disappointment.
Love is the actual cornerstone and the true incentive of life
where the aspirations form to reach higher, indeed,
to the very highest levels possible.
Love will never die, it will survive eternally
as it pulsates in the everlasting rhythm of
Forfeit every negative trait in your life with dignity and,
through self-knowledge, leave yourself open to
counsel for self-realization.
Cheerfully accept what your positive knowledge
and balanced wisdom counsel you to do, and
gain control over your thoughts, feelings, indeed,
your entire consciousness, for in so doing you strengthen yourself
for unavoidable predicaments, and you will never lose heart
even when faced with unexpected misfortune.
Always practice loyalty and integrity,
and never make yourself unhappy over unrighteous things
or those you merely imagine.
Free yourself from alarm and fear,
which oftentimes originate from loneliness,
mental exhaustion and idleness.
Loneliness, mental exhaustion and idleness
are enemies of progress.
Seek, therefore, the company of those
who are knowledgeable and wise,
for they will teach you how to stimulate
and utilize your thoughts,
and how to actively evolve.
Always practice healthy self-discipline
while being kind to yourself at all times,
for you are an individual, an independent person,
who requires not only the pleasant kindness of others
but also the consideration you provide yourself.
You are a creation of Creation, the universe,
and in no way are you any less than your fellowman,
the trees, plants, all animal species or the celestial bodies
in the infinite vastness of universal space.
You have the right to be alive and to exist on this Earth,
regardless of who and what you may be,
and it matters not if you comprehend
the unfolding of the universe in the way Creation,
the Universal Consciousness, intends it.
Nothing unfolds without Creation’s love,
and it will not do so unless it is within the framework
of the Creation-given laws and directives.
Accept, then, that you only exist because this is how it was
intended to be and because it is predetermined for you
through the ur-eternally everlasting, Creational plan.
Live, therefore, in freedom, love, peace and harmony
among similar-minded individuals and
with all of Creation’s creatures.
— written by Max Ehrmann in the 1920s —
Not “Found in Old St. Paul’s Church”! — see below
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
كنت أقف في دوري على شباك التذاكرلأشتري بطاقة سفر في الحافلة إلى مدينة تبعد حوالي 330 كم، وكانت أمامي سيدة ستينية قد وصلت إلى شباك التذاكر وطال حديثها مع الموظفة التي قالتلها في النهاية: الناس ينتظرون، أرجوكِ تنحّي جانباً. فابتعدت المرأةخطوة واحدة لتفسح لي المجال، وقبل أن أشتري بطاقتي سألت الموظفة عن المشكلة، فقالت لي بأن هذه المرأة معها ثمن بطاقة السفر وليس معها يورو واحد قيمة بطاقة دخول المحطة، وتريد أن تنتظر الحافلة خارج المحطة وهذاممنوع. قلتُ لها: هذا يورو وأعطها البطاقة. وتراجعتُ قليلاً وأعطيتُ السيدة مجالاً لتعود إلى دورها بعد أن نادتها الموظفةمجدداً.
اشترت السيدة بطاقتها ووقفت جانباًوكأنها تنتظرني، فتوقعت أنها تريد أن تشكرني، إلا أنها لم تفعل، بلانتظرتْ لتطمئن إلى أنني اشتريت بطاقتي وسأتوجه إلى ساحة الانطلاق، فقالت لي بصيغة الأمر: احمل هذه… وأشارت إلى حقيبتها.
كان الأمر غريباً جداً بالنسبة لهؤلاءالناس الذين يتعاملون بلباقة ليس لها مثيل. بدون تفكير حملت لها حقيبتهاواتجهنا سوية إلى الحافلة، ومن الطبيعي أن يكون مقعدي بجانبها لأنها كانت قبلي تماماً في الدور.
حاولت أن أجلس من جهة النافذة لأستمتع بمنظر تساقط الثلج الذي بدأ منذ ساعة وأقسم بأن يمحو جميع ألوان الطبيعةمعلناً بصمته الشديد: أنا الذي آتي لكم بالخير وأنا من يحق له السيادةالآن! لكن السيدة منعتني و جلستْ هي من جهة النافذة دون أن تنطق بحرف،فرحتُ أنظر أمامي ولا أعيرها اهتماماً، إلى أن التفتتْ إلي تنظر في وجهي وتحدق فيه، وطالت التفاتتها دون أن تنطق ببنت شفة وأنا أنظر أمامي، حتى إنني بدأت أتضايق من نظراتها التي لا أراها لكنني أشعر بها، فالتفتُ إليها.
عندها تبسمتْ قائلة: كنت أختبر مدى صبرك وتحملك.
– صبري على ماذا؟
– على قلة ذوقي. أعرفُ تماماً بماذا كنتَ تفكر.
– لا أظنك تعرفين، وليس مهماً أن تعرفي.
– حسناً، سأقول لك لاحقاً، لكن بالي مشغول كيف سأرد لك الدين.
– الأمر لا يستحق، لا تشغلي بالك.
– عندي حاجة سأبيعها الآن وسأرد لك اليورو، فهل تشتريها أم أعرضها على غيرك؟
– هل تريدين أن أشتريها قبل أن أعرف ماهي؟
– إنها حكمة. أعطني يورو واحداً لأعطيك الحكمة.
– وهل ستعيدين لي اليورو إن لم تعجبني الحكمة؟
– لا، فالكلام بعد أن تسمعه لا أستطيع استرجاعه، ثم إن اليورو الواحد يلزمني لأنني أريد أن أرد به دَيني.
أخرجتُ اليورو من جيبي ووضعته في يديها وأنا أنظر إلى تضاريس وجهها. لا زالت عيناها جميلتين تلمعان كبريق عيني شابة في مقتبل العمر، وأنفها الدقيق مع عينيها يخبرون عن ذكاء ثعلبي. مظهرها يدل على أنها سيدة متعلمة، لكنني لن أسألها عن شيء، أنا على يقين أنها ستحدثني عن نفسها فرحلتنا لا زالت في بدايتها.
أغلقت أصابعها على هذه القطعة النقديةالتي فرحت بها كما يفرح الأطفال عندما نعطيهم بعض النقود وقالت: أنا الآن متقاعدة، كنت أعمل مدرّسة لمادة الفلسفة، جئت من مدينتي لأرافق إحدى صديقاتي إلى المطار. أنفقتُ كل ما كان معي وتركتُ ما يكفي لأعود إلى بيتي، إلا أن سائق التاكسي أحرجني وأخذ مني يورو واحد زيادة، فقلت في نفسي سأنتظر الحافلة خارج المحطة، ولم أكن أدري أنه ممنوع. أحببتُ أن أشكرك بطريقة أخرى بعدما رأيت شهامتك، حيث دفعت عني دون أن أطلب منك. الموضوع ليس مادياً. ستقول لي بأن المبلغ بسيط، سأقول لك أنت سارعت بفعل الخير ودونما تفكير.
قاطعتُ المرأة مبتسماً: أتوقع بأنك ستحكي لي قصة حياتك، لكن أين البضاعة التي اشتريتُها منكِ؟ أين الحكمة؟
– “بَسْ دقيقة”.
– لا، لا، لا تنتظر. “بَسْ دقيقة”… هذه هي الحكمة.
– ما فهمت شيئاً.
– لعلك تعتقد أنك تعرضتَ لعمليةاحتيال؟
– سأشرح لك: “بس دقيقة”، لا تنسَ هذه الكلمة. في كل أمر تريد أن تتخذ فيه قراراً، عندما تفكر به وعندما تصل إلى لحظة اتخاذ القرار أعطِ نفسك دقيقة إضافية، ستين ثانية. هل تعلم كم من المعلومات يستطيع دماغك أن يعالج خلال ستين ثانية؟ في هذه الدقيقةالتي ستمنحها لنفسك قبل إصدار قرارك قد تتغير أمور كثيرة، ولكن بشرط.
– وما هوالشرط؟
– أن تتجرد عن نفسك، وتُفرغ في دماغك وفي قلبك جميع القيم الإنسانية والمثل الأخلاقية دفعة واحدة، وتعالجها معالجة موضوعية ودون تحيز،
فمثلاً: إن كنت قد قررت بأنك صاحب حق وأن الآخر قد ظلمك فخلال هذه الدقيقة
وعندما تتجرد عن نفسك ربما تكتشف بأن الطرف الآخر لديه حق أيضاً، أو جزء منه،
وعندها قد تغير قرارك تجاهه.
إن كنت نويت أن تعاقب شخصاً ما فإنك خلال هذه الدقيقة بإمكانك أن تجد له عذراً فتخفف عنه العقوبة أو تمتنع عن معاقبته وتسامحه نهائياً.
دقيقةواحدة بإمكانها أن تجعلك تعدل عن اتخاذ خطوة مصيرية في حياتك لطالمااعتقدت أنها هي الخطوة السليمة، في حين أنها قد تكون كارثية.
دقيقة واحدةربما تجعلك أكثر تمسكاً بإنسانيتك وأكثر بعداً عن هواك.
دقيقة واحدة قدتغير مجرى حياتك وحياة غيرك، وإن كنت من المسؤولين فإنها قد تغير مجرى حياة قوم بأكملهم…
هل تعلم أن كل ما شرحته لك عن الدقيقة الواحدة لم يستغرق أكثر من دقيقة واحدة؟
– صحيح، وأنا قبلتُ برحابة صدر هذه الصفقة وحلال عليكِ اليورو.
– تفضل، أنا الآن أردُّ لك الدين وأعيدلك ما دفعته عني عند شباك التذاكر. والآن أشكرك كل الشكر على ما فعلته لأجلي.
أعطتني اليورو. تبسمتُ في وجههاواستغرقت ابتسامتي أكثر من دقيقة، لأنتبه إلى نفسي وهي تأخذ رأسي بيدهاوتقبل جبيني قائلة: هل تعلم أنه كان بالإمكان أن أنتظر ساعات دون حل لمشكلتي، فالآخرون لم يكونوا ليدروا ما هي مشكلتي، وأنا ما كنتُ لأستطيع أن أطلب واحد يورو من أحد.
– حسناً، وماذا ستبيعيني لو أعطيتك مئةيورو؟
– سأعتبره مهراً وسأقبل بك زوجاً.
علتْ ضحكتُنا في الحافلة وأنا أُمثـِّلُ بأنني أريد النهوض ومغادرة مقعدي وهي تمسك بيدي قائلة: اجلس، فزوجي متمسك بي وليس له مزاج أن يموت قريباً!
وأنا أقول لها: “بس دقيقة”، “بس دقيقة”…
لم أتوقع بأن الزمن سيمضي بسرعة. كانت هذه الرحلة من أكثر رحلاتي سعادة، حتى إنني شعرت بنوع من الحزن عندماغادرتْ الحافلة عندما وصلنا إلى مدينتها في منتصف الطريق تقريباً.
قبل ربع ساعة من وصولها حاولتْ أن تتصل من جوالها بابنها كي يأتي إلى المحطة ليأخذها، ثم التفتتْ إليّ قائلة: على ما يبدو أنه ليس عندي رصيد. فأعطيتها جوالي لتتصل. المفاجأة أنني بعدمغادرتها للحافلة بربع ساعة تقريباً استلمتُ رسالتين على الجوال، الأولى تفيد بأن هناك من دفع لي رصيداً بمبلغ يزيد عن 10 يورو، والثانية منهاتقول فيها: كان عندي رصيد في هاتفي لكنني احتلتُ عليك لأعرف رقم هاتفك فأجزيكَ على حسن فعلتك. إن شئت احتفظ برقمي، وإن زرت مدينتي فاعلم بأن لك فيها أمّاً ستستقبلك. فرددتُ عليها برسالة قلت فيها: عندما نظرتُ إلى عينيك خطر ببالي أنها عيون ثعلبية لكنني لم أتجرأ أن أقولها لك، أتمنى أن تجمعنا الأيام ثانية، أشكركِ على الحكمة واعلمي بأنني سأبيعها بمبلغ أكبربكثير.
حكمة أعرضها للبيع، فمن يشتريها مني في زمن نهدر فيه الكثير الكثير من الساعات دون فائدة؟
مما لفت انتباهي
F**k Hamas!, F**k Israel!, F**k Fatah!, F**k UN. F**k UNWRA. F**k USA!
We, the youth in Gaza, are so fed up with Israel, Hamas, the occupation, the violations of human rights and the indifference of the international community!
We want to scream and break this wall of silence, injustice and indifference. Like the Israeli F16’s breaking the wall of sound; we want to scream with all the power in our souls in order to release this immense frustration that consumes us because of this f*****g situation we live in.
We are like lice between two nails living a nightmare inside a nightmare, no room for hope, no space for freedom.
We are sick of being caught in this political struggle, sick of coal dark nights with airplanes circling above our homes, sick of innocent farmers getting shot in the buffer zone because they are taking care of their lands, sick of bearded guys walking around with their guns abusing their power, beating up or incarcerating young people demonstrating for what they believe in.
Sick of the wall of shame that separates us from the rest of our country and keeps us imprisoned in a stamp-sized piece of land.
Sick of being portrayed as terrorists, homemade fanatics with explosives in our pockets and evil in our eyes.
Sick of the indifference we meet from the international community, the so-called experts in expressing concerns and drafting resolutions, but cowards in enforcing anything they agreed on.
We are sick and tired of living a shitty life, being kept in jail by Israel, beaten up by Hamas, and completely ignored by the rest of the world.
There is a revolution growing inside of us, an immense dissatisfaction and frustration that will destroy us unless we find a way of canalizing this energy into something that can challenge the status Quo and give us some kind of hope.
The final drop that made our hearts tremble with frustration and hopelessness happened on November 30th, when Hamas’ officers came to Sharek Youth Forum, a leading youth organization (http://www.sharek.ps) with their guns, lies and aggressiveness, throwing everybody outside, incarcerating some and prohibiting Sharek from working.
A few days later, demonstrators in front of Sharek were beaten and some incarcerated. We are really living a nightmare inside a nightmare. It is difficult to find words for the pressure we are under.
We barely survived the Operation Cast Lead, where Israel very effectively bombed the shit out of us, destroying thousands of homes and even more lives and dreams.
They did not get rid of Hamas, as they intended, but they sure scared us forever and distributed post traumatic stress syndrome to everybody, as there was nowhere to run.
We are youth with heavy hearts. We carry in ourselves a heaviness so immense that it makes it difficult to us to enjoy the sunset. How to enjoy it when dark clouds paint the horizon and bleak memories run past our eyes every time we close them?
We smile in order to hide the pain. We laugh in order to forget the war.
We hope in order not to commit suicide here and now.
During the war we got the unmistakable feeling that Israel wanted to erase us from the face of the earth. During the last years Hamas has been doing all they can to control our thoughts, behavior and aspirations.
We are a generation of young people used to face missiles, carrying what seems to be a impossible mission of living a normal and healthy life, and only barely tolerated by a massive organization that has spread in our society as a malicious cancer disease, causing mayhem and effectively killing all living cells, thoughts and dreams on its way as well as paralyzing people with its terror regime. Not to mention the prison we live in, a prison sustained by a so-called democratic country.
History is repeating itself in its most cruel way and nobody seems to care. We are scared.
Here in Gaza we are scared of being incarcerated, interrogated, hit, tortured, bombed, killed.
We are afraid of living, because every single step we take has to be considered and well-thought, there are limitations everywhere, we cannot move as we want, say what we want, do what we want, sometimes we even cant think what we want because the occupation has occupied our brains and hearts so terrible that it hurts and it makes us want to shed endless tears of frustration and rage!
We do not want to hate, we do not want to feel all of this feelings, we do not want to be victims anymore. ENOUGH! Enough pain, enough tears, enough suffering, enough control, limitations, unjust justifications, terror, torture, excuses, bombings, sleepless nights, dead civilians, black memories, bleak future, heart aching present, disturbed politics, fanatic politicians, religious bullshit, enough incarceration!
WE SAY STOP! This is not the future we want!
We want three things; We want to be free. We want to be able to live a normal life and We want peace.
Is that too much to ask?
We are a peace movement consistent of young people in Gaza and supporters elsewhere that will not rest until the truth about Gaza is known by everybody in this whole world and in such a degree that no more silent consent or loud indifference will be accepted.
This is the Gazan youth’s manifesto for change!
We will start by destroying the occupation that surrounds ourselves, we will break free from this mental incarceration and regain our dignity and self respect.
We will carry our heads high even though we will face resistance. We will work day and night in order to change these miserable conditions we are living under.
We will build dreams where we meet walls.
We only hope that you – yes, you reading this statement right now! – can support us. In order to find out how, please write on our wall or contact us directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
We want to be free, we want to live, we want peace.
FREE GAZA YOUTH!
I m speechless this is what I want to hear.
Out with all the rules that bound you in your own mental prisons.
Liberation yes, I m 110 % agree with your Manifesto, free, freedom and liberation.
This Manifesto is for the whole apparatus of repression that engulf Gaza, Starting with Israel the Occupier,US the financier,UN the official Solicitor and Signatory of Wars,UNRWA the front of the UN that keeps Gaza under an inhumane welfare system,to Fatah that have forgotten that Gaza is Palestine, and to Hamas ultimately because keeps an invisible gag on the population under the guise of religion righteousness.
If There got to be Freedom in any society, Justice must be the base of the same. Human Rights is an inalienable right of every human being, being Gaza, US, Germany, Lebanon, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba(should not exist),Cuba, China, Iran, Mexico, Congo, Russia..or any place on Earth that humans co-habit under any authority of any type.
The right to disagree, the right to have a different opinion, or different feelings is a right that we all humans have a primordial born right, it calls dissent from the Status Quo, governments of the world dissenters are not criminals, they are free minders that choose their own path, and oppression only make them more aware of the situation that you want to force them to be.
This right is inalienable is part of the human rights that we all must enjoy as a citizen of this Earth.
I m speechless this is what I want to hear. Out with all the rules that bound you in your own mental prisons. Liberation yes, I m 110 % agree with your Manifesto, free, freedom and liberation.
I m sharing your courage. I m sharing your dreams, your hopes, your pains, your deaths, your ideals, your free and open mind.
I wanted to hear the youth speaking, I do no k,ow if will make a difference now, but certainly your message will spread in the world, in the mind of the old and tired souls, tired of their struggles.
It will infuse energy to the resistance, to the old and decrepit bodies that have fought for more than 6 decades without seeing compassion from the world, that have not received justice from the international bodies than have appointed themselves as the saviors of the world, to the peace activists, the justice seekers that are fighting for your land.
I was almost giving up my fight for Gaza, I was getting stiff and tired of yelling, writing, posting, complaining. I thought no one was listening, but I was wrong.
This Manifesto full or courage. rage dissatisfaction and pain have given me hopes again.
I m awake again, your words have giving me the food for the soul that I was missing.
I love you Gaza, I m proud of you, I m with you, in your fight against indifference, against the oppression of your mind, in this fight for your land, for your human rights, for your motherless children, and your childless mothers, I m with you with your olive trees that with one last stand they resist to let go and still embracing the land, I m with you, with your flag, that not being mine, have awaken the fighter on me once more.
I m sharing this word in every wall, available, in the blogs. my channels, everywhere that there is space.
Thanks Gaza youth I love you all…Free Palestine.
Before his profile was deleted from Facebook, he was another resident of the besieged Gaza Strip, with dreams to travel the world, and like any other young person with university degree with plans for his future.
He worked arduously for 2 years fighting the injustice of an oppressive regimen that sees the 1.5 millions residents of Gaza as enemies of war, but in reality they are regular, ordinary citizens like you and me.
Gaza is been under an inhumane siege for more than 3 years, Israel have destroyed their schools, public buildings, and thousands of homes.
The Occupations Forces had murdered thousands of unarmed civilians, dozens of non-violent protesters. Just in her last incursion what Israel equivocally called war, she killed more than 1400 civilians, including more than 400 children.
The world have been trying to help Gaza to brake the siege, and have organized land convoys and Sea Voyages, the whole world was in outrage during the piracy act of Israel that in International waters, assaulted and killed 9 peace activists, that only “crime” was to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza, and with this, brake the siege, that the UN with it silence has stamped with official indifference.
Live in Gaza is less than pleasurable, the youth has no other entertainment but few left enjoyments not robbed yet by Israel. The beach is meters safe only, before it become a target practice for the Israel Occupier Forces that shoot live ammunition to the beach goers and fishermen as well.
Facebook have offered the escape window to the world for residents of the besieged Gaza, I meet my dear friend Shadi Nassar almost a year ago, his story was appealing for me, he told me his dreams. The dreams of a young person, that wanted to go study abroad. Really for most of the developed world, this is just a step in their education, but not for the youth of Gaza.
They suffer the problematic of countless troubles, simple documents that in a regular free country will take few minutes, for Gaza students that want to travel out of Gaza, is an huge waste of time and energy, documents signing takes months to get. Even the Palestinians Authority as in complicity with Israel make the procedures eternal and sometimes impossible to achieve.
Shadi, lost already an opportunity last year during the Gaza Massacre, where life become unbearable for the residents. He was ready to leave, when the assault started and all his dreams were killed with “Operation lead”.
But you can’t kill the dreams as easy as you kill a Palestinian, his resolved proved stronger than Operation lead, and he continued with his efforts to work again for another opportunity until finally “HE MADE IT OUT OF GAZA”.
We can say, that he broke the Siege in its own merit. His case is one to tell, because not all the youth, have the opportunity to fulfill his dreams, I can tell you that if we offer our support to help them in the outside world more students can achieve their dreams.
Scholarships are hard to get for Palestinians in the occupied territories, advocate in Universities to offer support for Palestinians. There are thousands of foundations that offer grants and facilities for students, but not for Palestinians, if you are part of this foundations, work hand and hand with the administrators to offer more grants for this students, that need more than anybody in the world. There are few foundations that I have found in the internet:
USA: For Palestinians
Resident – 2011 – 2012 Fulbright Science and Technology Scholarship PhD Student Program, “They help you to apply for the Travel Visa
Money to spend for 36 months,Telephone to call: Gaza Residents: Tel: 08-2864-623”
Scholarships PALESTINE Master International Business Palestinian students
FURTHER EDUCATION PROGRAMME
Palestinian Refugee Scheme
Support one student, you do not need to be rich, even hosting a student in your own home, or supporting their studies can make a wealth of different.
There are thousands of graduates from the University in Gaza, that need an opportunity to go study abroad, we are billions of compassionate being that can make a different for one Gaza student.
Lend your hand to them, show your humanity. Sponsor a student from Gaza.
My dear friend Made it out of Gaza, I wish I can write the story of hundreds of Shadis, this time he made the journey to freedom, he is free to decide if he needs the light on or off in his nights.
POWER OFF is no more an obstacle in his nights, Israel can’t manage his movements any longer, he is owner of his life for first time in his life, he decide if he wants a peaceful night, free from the memories of the aircraft bombing “invisible targets” in Gaza.
For first time he knows that his life is not IN VAIN, he has a purpose and a live to live.
Congratulations to Shadi Nassar, you broke the siege Dear.. But even in strange lands he took his home land in his heart, and he will keep fighting to free Palestine. Because the sons of the Land never forget their roots. The Beloved Land we know as Palestine is his most dear dream. To See her free of Occupation. Free once and for All.
September 19, 2008
Listening to Zig Ziglar speaking in a excerpt in YouTube from one of his seminars, I have the motivation to write some more lines for my “Book”, not like the literal definition of a book, more like a diary, a journey to my life experience, during all my years as reader.
The name of the seminar is “Setting Goals”, sometimes all it takes is a little push , So I have planned to write my “Book” on the summer of 2007, I’ve been reading and researching all kind of material for my “Book”, but is been more difficult that I though, there is plenty of information in the subject but there have been an awakening journey, more I immerse myself in my ideas and research about other people’s ideas.
I see myself navigating in sea of theories, laws, discoveries, mysteries, doctrines and indoctrinations, information and misinformation, science and fiction and just anything imaginable and unimaginable where everything is together and refuse to separate.
Every idea that I have explored comes with an attachment, every theory come packed with references that crisscross to history, religion, science, fiction, spirituality, ancient civilization, UFO Theory, I mean everything is mysteriously connected. So here I am 2010 with more than 1000 pages written about “everything” and more I write more I get to the conclusion that is impossible to write a book and pour in it all the information that I want to write.
My initial idea was to deliver in one simple “book”, written in simple language leaving out big words, I always thought simple language is necessary to deliver the message to the people, writing elegantly and using big words is for intellectuals, and I am not one nor is the people I want to reach.
I started reading big books since I was 10 years old, I remember Crime and Punishment by Feodor Dostoyevsky, I end up reading most of his literature, so I started in a reading Quest. I have read more books than I can remember, from the classics to the more contemporaneous writers; I am undiscriminated reader ; from philosophy, religion, fiction, science, history, politics, folk stories, just name a subject , I like them all, and more I read more I understand the necessity to write, I cannot help it. It has to be done, the ideas are too many inside me, I feel that I can explode any moment.
My soul is pounding in my consciousness, forcing me to deliver my simple understanding to the people, to those that don’t have the time to explore the big dictionary, it the those with simple mind that don’t understand big and elaborated words and messages with dubious meaning that don’t fit their reality.
This is my journey I want to give back to the people what I learnt, and sometimes, I feel that is an obligation that I have to simplify the message and deliver it in the simplest form, deciphered and ready to be absorbed for the most curious and simple minds.
What motivates people to write books or journals? Well is very complex to explain but very easy to understand is you are in the writer shoes. I don’t see myself as a writer, I don’t think that I fit the description, I m more like a mind blogger, that writes everything that feels, sees, knows, discover, uncover, search and search.
This inner necessity of mine that that push me to give, the urgency to tell. The unselfish motive to share what we know, what we believe, what we suffer and feel, what we discover and understand of everything.
You will notice that sometimes I use journal style in my writing is a way to tell you how I structured this book, my motivations in any given day. My understanding of an idea, I hope you will understand the message, is done with love for all of you.
And the best of my idea, is that is Free to you, my thoughts are a gift for the ordinary citizen of the world, the global citizen. And the better news are is that you don’t need to speak my language to understand, the online translator are the free tools for humanity, where we are all part of the news.
Memories-7 Days Exercise to Live Again and Cherish Today as the Last Day of your Life
The memories of the past will keep you in check with your present and, motivated for your future.
Retrieving your memories;
Let’s start by preparing the setting; the most important part of the session is the room that you will use
Try to pick special place where sometimes you unconsciously have reserved in your home as your personal retrieve, like a chair in the kitchen, that chair that you automatically choose when you are alone. A sofa, a corner in your garden, your bed. F
Forget for a moment our intentions and prepare yourself a coffee or tea whichever drink you prefer and go enjoy it, we will continue when you come back.
Now say where did you go to enjoy your drink? You see, the spot you choose to enjoy your drink is the perfect place for your exercise.
If you enjoy a cup of coffee, tea, soft wine, hot chocolate, any drink that make you feel relaxed and warm, have one ready, take a warm bath or invigorating shower, wear something loose and comfortable preferable light color or white, sit down in your favorite chair, have a notepad and pencil handy. This first session will help you remember the best moments of your life, they will come to your mind like a movie, you will try to bring back your childhood, your adolescence, or even the more recent experiences any memory that made you smile or feel good.
This is a self healing session and reinforcement of yourself. Pick a quite day when there is no work, or school, or chores. Remember your mind is an ocean of ideas, always planning what to do, like a bee colony always working, so give her a rest for a few hours, she will be busy only recollecting pleasant and memorable experiences already archived not forgotten, and our mind is a computer that does not forget anything only set everything aside the information for later use. Your will be amazed how you will remember those instances of your life that marked your soul forever I must warn you some experiences will emerge from your conscience that are not too pleasant to remember but for today skip those memories we will deal with them when your are strong and emotionally ready.
Turn the lights off and lit a few candles, it does not matter how many, 1, 2, 20 your choice. The light that you perceive is emitted by on of the elements of life, the vibration of the flame deliver the necessary frequency to help you to relax and start you meditation. Slowly enjoy your drink, burn some incense if you whish, they have the property of relaxation and healing.
Start with some breathing exercises for a minute or two, breathe deeply and excels slowly, Inhale so deep that you feel your stomach contract and your lungs expand. This will oxygenate your brain and awaken every fiber and cell in your body, breathing gives you the elixir of life, it calls air. Did you ever think this way, every time that you inhale air when you breath your brain and your heart come back to life and every time that you exhale your die, think for a moment that your body is nothing without air, it will be an inert object lifeless, so show some respect and use it properly relearn how to breath as babies do, their mind is so in piece, no stress or worries, their breathing is natural and peaceful. As we grow up our minds become crowded with ideas and peace is replace by stress our breathing become shorter that eventually we start killing ourselves, we don’t inhale enough air to help our body to oxygenate our cell, so our body start ageing prematurely and our mind loose her alertness.
If you ever have enrolled in meditation classes like yoga, studied martial arts, or simply gone to a gym with instructor, one of the first lessons is to relearn how to breath, as you developed good breathing techniques your mind will relearn how to be peaceful and truly aware of whatever you do, think, see, say, touch, eat or perceive, this way getting back in the control seat of your actions and thoughts.
The autopilot that you being experienced which is nothing more that automatic behavior, where your conscience is shut of, and do not really see what is in front of you, you don’t enjoy every instant of your existence. Think for a moment how life in the city develop, the city is a metropolitan space of land so busy, crowded that life goes away so fast that you don’t even notice until is too late. A little example but speaks for a thousand words: “Alarm Clock”, what does it say to you? Well let me remind you. You set your alarm clock at 6:00 A:M, you need to be at work at 8:00 A:M right?, so what happen at the sound of the alarm in the morning?, you will wake up at the ring. Without a clue of what time it is, your subconscious react at the sound, your body gets up, it takes a fast shower, dress up and maybe you will have a breakfast at home, but.. most probably you won’t, you will grab a cup of coffee on the way.. Sound familiar? Well I did it for 25 years and so billions of people around the globe. You will have some notion of time in your way back to your home, when you are stuck at traffic, and only because you get impatient and start looking at the clock, this pattern is repeated every day of your life without your control, even on weekends if you forget the alarm on, your body will wake up at the sound, you will have a glimpse of reality and remember that you don’t work that day and will go back to sleep but is part of the unreality that we have been set up to perform.. yeah that’s right perform like actors in a stage.
Test yourself for self control. Today before you go to bed walk a few minutes or just go outside and take a few deep breath, admire the sky, look the trees and plants around, feel the sensation of the air in your face, tell yourself what you will do tomorrow like: “ I intent to wake up at 5:30 in the morning to breath consciously, I want to make a few stretches, prepare a warm drink and drink it very slowly, I will take a shower and dress up, I will wear such a dress or pants and drive to work”, we are trying to control our time, we want to stop using the alarm clock, if you are afraid of not waking up for work at time try it in the weekend first or set the alarm, it will ring at 6:00 right? If first day could wake up try tomorrow, make your intent stronger don’t worry if you cannot do it the first couple of days, after all is a bad habit you had done it for 20 years or maybe 25 like me. You will see that once you control your body to wake up, then your mind is back in control, is your first step to freedom, relaxation and realization, you are controlling your body and controlling “time”, the first day that you accomplish the control of your body you will feel this little satisfaction that follows, is your mind in control, your conscience is aware, remember that your mind does not sleep your body does.
Now that you know the power of your mind over your body practice the sensation of discovering your vision again, you have been seeing without seeing. On your way to work “see” that tree close to your house, look closely.. how beautiful it is the bark with all those designs it looks like a canvas, is a piece of art, for you to admire, entertain your imagination for a moment free of charge, when was the last time that you actually stop in the road to admire a tree? Never done it, why? you take it for grant it, you think that is decoration, an accessory for the city, maybe that was the intention of the planners of the city, but the tree is alive and his purpose is different than just been there.
You’ve living in auto pilot, you see the world around you without paying much attention, not aware that you’ve controlled by your artificial surroundings, time, distance, marketing, stress, work all these factors wrap you in a maze and keep you inside a box unable to enjoy nature, you have the ability to distinguish the colors of the sky, the shapes of the leaves, the contour of the mountain, the clarity of water, the intensity of the eyes, you can actually feel through the eyes.
What about your neighbors, can you recognize your third door neighbor? Did you ever pay attention to the color of his house, what about his car, does he has any kids or a dog, can you remember? or never paid any attention, little details that seems of no important, but they really make a difference it will fill your senses, every image that your mind capture deliver different frequencies with information and only through your eyes that you will capture that, try sometimes knock on his door, introduce yourself, exchange phone numbers, when you see him say hi, it makes a world of difference you will feel better, it will create sympathy, harmony.
See with your eyes, admire everything around you, do not allow TV or magazines to dictate you what is beautiful, what you like, capture it with your own eyes and sense it and you be the judge.
That first time that you realize how important are your eyes to feed images to your mind and that tree on the road will make you remember when you were little, the memories will start flowing, the faces of your friends, the games you used to play how fun that was, now visualize that tree of your childhood it gave so much fun, shade, fruits, oxygen, and this tree on the road is giving you something very important he is giving you back your memories, if you just stop and see him and admire him I can tell you this with confidence this tree can give you also shade, refuge, comfort and a soft breeze full of oxygen, is yours, is free enjoy him and protect him one day could be your only friend.
Sitting in your favorable sofa remember when you bought it, go back to that day when you were sitting and feeling how soft and comfortable it was after you brought it home you dedicate the best moments to relax you probably were impatient to finish your chores so you could come to sit down and enjoy a sip of coffee, but after a few days you stop enjoying the sofa, it become part of your every day routine, try it again imaging is the first day and it is new, reclining and think as far back as you can remember your mind will feel so free of your intent of retrieving your memories that they all will want to come out, they will be popping out like pop corn one after another, write them down they are like precious stones that you must cherish, when you feel sad, read them aloud and live again the moment, remembering is to live again.
Some people might think that they do not have good memories that their childhood was so sad and miserable that they rather forget about them, if you are one of those that think this way discard those ideas we all have good memories for insignificant that they appear is always good to remember
The Internet and Peoples’ rights
Who are the crooks?
We are far advance in internet communications and transmission of information throughout the net that we should be ourselves responsible for any loss of data that slip out of your control once is release throughout the web. It is insane the inquisitional persecution that kids and adults are being subject to by the music and movie industry.
Seems that lawyers are always ready to strike and judges have lost their inherited discretion power, the power that justice have bestowed on them, after all they are acting in the name of god, so the bible said. God inherited his powers to the judges so they can carry justice to the people, and specifically said not to made petty crimes
When the material is transmitted using the internet as a means; especially if it is copywriter material the owner of the data should keep the product protected and secure. If such person, entity, organization or other form of physical entity claim to be the owner of such material.
We can’t go back to the 60’s when the first copy machines came to existence they were also the target of jealousy and courts theatrics, we should advance our mentality at the same pace that our technology is advancing and act within the advance of it . Information is a legacy of the human race, and it comes in many different packages, been books, cds, dvd, electronic books, data (information transmitted thru the internet) software, games, utilities, drivers etc.
I understand that when somebody comes with an idea, she or he should be rewarded for his/her work, sure I agree, but also I advocate that if such work final destination is for the betterment of humanity should be public domain as soon as the work is paid for.
How can we be fair to authors of books, software engineers, song writers, inventors and so on and so forth. Well the formula is very simple the work before to be made available to the public should be categorize and priced accordingly to its importance to society and once the price is meet, meaning the price the owner wants to get for his/her material, immediately should be made available to the public. Anyway we live in a snoby society where publicity stunts are play every day, millions of people around the world feel the necessity to be the first ones to own such books that they will spend cold nights in the sleeping bags, waiting outside of bookstores just to be the first ones to own Harry Potters, or Twilights just to name a few.
When the material is worth it, the authors should not be worry of not making enough money, they will get a fair price. If the people demand the product in cases like games or software even better, before the product is even manufactured is already being sold, billons of dollars are made for new material, why the greed?, they still want to get more money out of something that is obsolete, because in our technologic era products from last month are out of the mind of the people today becoming obsolete.
If what is important for humanity is given less value in our courts around the world. I’m referring to inventions, the owner get the privilege to his/her work for only 30 years after that it become public domain, why the digital material enjoy to better standing in time, 100 years if I am not wrong?.
And to be fair in my comments let me assure you that in 95 % of the cases being challenged in courts for “illegally download” those cases are not being fought by the real and rightful owners at least in the majority of the cases. Books are usually bought by a publisher and get to keep the rights of the book, unless the author is a known writer and have some bestsellers in their record they loose their rights of the book, right at the beginning of the deal, songs most of the time are bought by famous singers and they pretend to be the writers and they register the song as their keeping the copywriter rights material for themselves. maybe is not always the case but is very common, singers and bands that are unknown loose their rights when a big company produce their CD’s in exchange for advertisement and little money, the software’s rights in the great majority of the cases is lost when the creator mind has to give his rights even before the software is made, the material is considered property of the company where the person works and the credits and regalities belong to the company maybe a pat in the back and a little bonus for the creator mind.
And for MOVIES THE web is extensive. A lot of people is involved in the creation of the movie, should be fair to said that every body that work in the process should be EQUALLY OF the product yeah, sure.. but is not the case. The Studio, Producer, Director, usually are the top money makers and they considered themselves the owners and they are the ones that copywriter the movie, in certain instances where the actor/actress is a big shoot they demand part of the proceeds, rare cases, I heard of Robert De Niro I might be wrong but the point is who is suing and what for? There are thousands of people being sued for “illegally downloading” material from the internet and more cynical I found is that there are actually companies that were formed just to find illegal downloader and they are selling their findings to companies that want to sue people can you believe this?. This remained me of the crocks lawyers that roam supermarkets and they are ready to hand business cards to customer that slip and fall inside the premises, or the lawyers that make millions of dollars out of uninsured motorist and when they pack their packets with poor’s people money they start pushing for legislation to oblige motorist to pay for insurance well the list go on and on, this time they aim is “illegal downloads” but what more surprise me is that judges are being made part of this theater.
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