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Friday, August 17, 2012
A Western misconception about Islam
I just saw Muslim Imam explaining the technique in wife beating linked to, from AboveTopSecret.com. Everyone in the thread predictably crowded around and said how depraved and horrific it was. That's one of the favourite pastimes that occurs on ATS; someone will post some particularly horrific crime or piece of apocalyptic doom porn, and then a crowd will gather to condemn the depravity of the article in question, and gasp about how scandalised they are.
Of course, yes, a Muslim imam giving a tutorial on how to batter your wife is disgusting; but at the same time, I feel that there is an element of Islamic morality, which Western audiences apparently fail to understand.
Said element is the fact that the West places emphasis on the wellbeing of the individual, whereas Islam, conversely, places emphasis on the wellbeing of the collective.
To explain what this means, an American or European person observing Islamic behaviour, will think that it is horrific if Muslims flog or honour kill an individual, because of the suffering that said individual will go through. Muslims, on the other hand, consider the integrity of the collective society to be more important; and if the individual in question is guilty of a crime, will feel that the entire reason why the individual needs to be punished not only with barbaric severity, but also publically, is in order to ensure that the entire society is not overrun with individuals engaging in the same crime.
I'm actually getting fairly tired of seeing Americans in particular, condemn Islamic behaviour, recently. The reason why, isn't because I don't consider Muslims degenerate; they very often are. It's because I believe that humanity is very possibly currently headed towards extinction, and that if human extinction occurs, America will very largely be responsible for it. As a result, Americans claiming moral superiority over anyone else on the planet, is basically a sick joke, at this point. Capitalism is most likely going to kill us all, and my money says it will do so long before the Muslims get around to it.
I've been using the Internet long enough to have seen first hand, what Capitalism did to it, Americans. If I had no other reason to view Capitalism as a bad thing, its' rape of the Internet would be enough. I remember when the Internet was a self-organising, meritocratic technocracy; protocol specifications were adopted and used on the basis of whether or not they worked, and when the Internet Engineering Task Force and W3C consisted of the only group who, as far as I'm concerned, have any right to political power whatsoever; non-psychopathic engineers and scientists.
Capitalism destroyed that. The W3C in particular became corporate whores. I saw what a comparitively obfuscated, convoluted mess HTML 4+ has been, compared to the HTML specifications released prior to that. The reason why, of course, is because when said prior specs were released, the W3C had not yet had their souls contaminated by Microsoft.
One last point, related to this post's original topic. I'm really not afraid of an Islamic takeover of the entire planet any more. I'm not sure why, exactly; but for me, the fear of it finally, truly ended earlier today.
Again, I don't know why I'm not afraid of the Islamic tidal wave. Everything I've read about the subject tells me that logically, I should be. That there genuinely are large numbers of Muslims out there who are committed to the wholesale assimilation and murder of non-Islamic human society, including me.
Yet when I think about it now, the only thing I feel is pure calm. I think maybe it's because, although I'm not a Muslim, I'm also not an atheist; and I truthfully have come to feel that Muslims and I believe in the same God, or close. There's a lot of evil in Islam, yes, and I'm not going to try and deny that; but there is some real beauty in the Qu'ran and the Hadiths as well.
On Above Top Secret, I also met two Islamic women, who really assisted me in looking at both sides.
Ruling elites always identified closely with the military and the industrial
infrastructure that supported it. A disproportionate share of national
resources was allocated to the military, even when domestic needs were
acute. The military was seen as an expression of nationalism, and was used
whenever possible to assert national goals, intimidate other nations, and
increase the power and prestige of the ruling elite.
-- Bill Britt, The 14
Defining Characteristics of Fascism.
"Every day is Memorial Day. Every day is Memorial Day."
I was in the supermarket, looking at the DVD cover for the "Green Lantern,"
movie, when it hit me. When the realisation that had been dancing around my
intuition's peripheral vision for who knows how long, finally came into
conscious awareness; although there had been hints before now, like the last
time I watched Terminator: Salvation.
"In a universe as mysterious as it is vast," the synopsis of Green Lantern
read, "an elite corps of protectors for peace and justice had existed for
I stopped reading there, because what I'd been aware of for who knows how
long, suddenly snapped into stark reality, before me, even though I don't
know how to completely verbalise it, even now; but here goes.
There is an inherent paradox, in fact any number of paradoxes and
contradictions, in the phrase, "protectors for peace and justice." I think
Krishnamurti was the first one I heard say, that talking about fighting for
peace, is directly akin to saying that we must lie in filth for cleanliness.
The thing I've realised is, that the only people who've come up with the
entire concept of needing "protection," from anything at all, are the
Service to Self psychopaths; and they are the ones keeping the whole sick
I'm a civilian. I haven't been to war. Yet something that a number of
video games has taught me, is that in real war, a particular parallel is
developing. It's this scenario where there's always another Big Bad to
fight, somewhere; another raid boss.
"Every day is Memorial Day. Every day is Memorial Day."
In terms of the last 140 odd years offline, first it was Keiser Wilhelm,
then it was Adolf Hitler, then it was Joseph Stalin, then it was Fidel
Castro, then it was Ho Chi Minh, then it was Sadaam Hussein, then it was
Osama bin Laden, then it was Moamar Qaddafi, then it was Bashar al Assad.
Tomorrow it will probably be Ahmedinejad, in Iran. There have been any
number of other smaller leiutenants along the way.
In World of Warcraft, first it was Kel'Thuzzad, then it was Illidan
Stormrage, then it was Arthas Menethil, then it was Deathwing. There were
any number of other smaller leiutenants along the way.
You might be wondering what the point of my thinking is, here; where this is
all going, and why you should care. On AboveTopSecret.com, I kept seeing
American veterans over and over again insisting to the civilians, that
during the GWOT, in Iraq and Afghanistan, they'd somehow been defending
someone's freedom. What the thinking members of the forum audience could
never figure out, however, was just who's freedom that was, exactly.
It wasn't the freedom of the people living in those countries, themselves;
unless we want to talk about freedom from corporeal existence. It hasn't
been the freedom of domestic American citizens, unless we're willing to
entertain the idea that lethal domestic use of unmanned drones, or Obama
getting together with his lesser caporegima to decide who will get
whacked by remote this week, is what the Constitution's framers had in mind.
I've started to realise, that what the people running the show want, is a
scenario where, in the end, the cause for which people are fighting, in and
of itself, basically becomes immaterial. Oh, the cause will be there,
however vague, or peripheral, or riddled with utterly implausible bullshit
it might be, so that as a last resort, we can drag it out and point to it as
justification, if we ever feel the need.
That's not going to be the real point, however. The real point, will simply
be that we keep fighting, purely for its' own sake. War as culture. War as
a way of life. War simply because, supposedly, that is what we do. I'll
never forget seeing the prologue to the video game Gears of War 2, where it
was implied that warfare is a supposedly inherent, instinctive element of
human nature. That is exactly what the psychopaths want us to believe;
because for them, but not for us, it's actually true.
I made a decision, after seeing that, that gaming had lost its' innocence
for me, and that I wasn't going to play any new computer games, or at least
not violent ones. Today, the only thing I do in video game terms, is
vicarious engineering in Minecraft, and the difficulty setting is Peaceful.
I use that game as a means of building the types of models that Jacques
Fresco has for the past 60 years now.
Jacques and I have a lot in common. We both like to think of ourselves as
engineers, even though most other people would disagree, (especially in my
own case) and we both dream of a better future; a future which nobody else
seems to want. He, Nikola Tesla, Hermes Trismegistus, and Bucky Fuller are
my role models; not Patton, Mussolini, Hitler, or Duke Nukem.
I had the thought while watching Terminator Salvation, recently; while
watching Christian Bale and a few other people walk point through some
generic underground cavern, that what I was seeing on the screen, was what
the psychopaths wanted for us. A fully automatic, frag grenade present, and
Kali only knows what future. A scenario where a continuing, never ending
stream of blood, and fecal matter, and smashed bodies, and shattered minds,
all transmutes into the dollar bills which the ruling psychopaths use to
light their cigars. An unspeakable perversion of Alchemy.
I remember being in the Hall of the Brave, in Orgrimmar, during my time
playing World of Warcraft; and similar online lobbies for several other
games. I remember the sense while playing the various games within the
Quake series, that the battle was constant, endless, perpetual; that 24
hours a day, it went on. Over and over again. Longer than years, longer
than decades, longer than centuries. Forever.
Hear! Sons of Kahless,
Hear! Daughters too.
The blood of battle washes clean,
the warrior brave and true.
We fight, we love, and then we kill,
our lives burn short and bright,
then we die with honor and
join our fathers in the Black Fleet
where we battle forever, battling on through the Eternal fight.
The nature of it, has made me think, that maybe the Hindu concept is
accurate. Maybe time in general is just one giant circle, and everything
that has ever happened before, is either happening now, or is going to
happen again in the future. Over the last few nights, I've been watching
documentaries on the Pyramids in Egypt. A lot of people are starting to say
that the Egyptians had to have technology that was better than what we've
got right now, because we couldn't build the Pyramids ourselves with what we
"Every day is Memorial Day. Every day is Memorial Day."
That's what we're meant to think. I want to say here, once and for all,
that Lest we forget is a lie. A cruel, sick, twisted lie; like most
of the other lies the psychopaths use against us. The point of remembering
war has never been to bring about the end of it, but exactly
the opposite. By keeping war perpetually in our minds, the psychopaths hope
to normalise war. They want to create a scenario where endless war is seen
as a completely natural thing, for human beings. Beyond the usual grieving
process that is healthy and normal in response to any of our loved ones who
have died, the only thing honouring the fallen does, is ensure that there
will be more of them.
The one thing I think the veterans love, more than anything else, is the
distinction between themselves and civilians. To the American veterans on
AboveTopSecret.com, I didn't know what I was talking about. I was just that
infuriating boy from Australia. I think it was back when I was playing Doom
2 in the mid 1990s, however, that I started to realise that we were headed
towards a society where, eventually, there'd be no such thing as a civilian.
If you don't believe me, remember the Batman Massacre. Remember also, the
imagery of Bane, and the way that character behaved, in The Dark Knight
Rises; which like it or not, the Batman shooting was a
reaction to, if only synchronistically.
I remember how ironic it was, when I read a
citation from some UN documents, by Mike Adams, where the U.N. was
talking about how it wanted to establish a global monopoly of violence.
That's not what we're headed towards.
These games train everyone who plays them, at least conceptually, in
Think about what that means, for a few moments. It means that if you are a
parent, your child plays the Call of Duty series, he's going to learn what
walking point means.
He's going to potentially become extremely knowledgeable about modern
warfare; the weaponry, the equipment, the jargon, you name it.
Your child, if he plays these games, will be taught that organised,
systematic, collective murder, is the appropriate central focus of human
Is this an education you want for your child? Is this an education that you
want for yourself?
I've realised, ultimately, that I do not need to have experienced the real
thing, to know that I do not want it.
Humanity is capable of better than this. We've come too far as a species,
for our end to come as a result of this type of suicide. This has always
been the main source of my frustration towards homo sapiens. Man is
capable of a sufficiently greater degree of potential than what he currently
exhibits, that I am incapable of more than barely comprehending it; and yet
he insists on focusing on his own most base, negative, and bestial
instincts, even to the point where extinction becomes a genuine possibility.
I'll let you in on another big secret, as well. My attitude here, is not
coming from any professed enlightenment. I'm a long way from that. I've
been permanently banned from four different Internet forums, including both
versions of the World of Warcraft forums.
It simply comes from being tired of conflict, in whatever form. It doesn't
need to be a scenario where I'm actually in direct risk of literally having
my head blown off. Conflict between myself and the people I live with, or
even the video game kind is enough.
I'm not one of their mercenaries, but I can still get rid of whatever degree
of it exists within my own life. No more drama. No more even thinking
about physical conflict of any kind. No more violent video games. I'm over
"Every day is Memorial Day. Every day is Memorial Day..."
I've been playing WoW for close to 12 months; my main is a level 55 Orc Hunter, with way too many alts to mention. After being sick of the length of time it took to get a mount, I decided to start learning about the WoW economy and how it works.