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For Those in the 21st Century....

Reza

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So how’s this whole 21st century thing coming along? Yeah.

With the passage of time, each new era is forced to carry a higher burden and inherit a larger legacy than the generation before. Time is a double edged sword. On one end, more time can expand the opportunity to build constructive relationships, goodwill, positive institutions, and human progress. Conversely, time can serve to widen the accumulation of baggage, knot tighter the machinations of deceit and derision, and aid in the solidification of deviant ideologies, perverse mythologies, and exploitative institutions. In this regard, time is an empty canvas waiting to be marked by any paintbrush, big or small, with whatever paint along the way. 

Paint is the (im)moral force that gives purpose and relevancy to this big and blank amoral whiteboard known as time. Paint comes in many colors, and can create many designs. Some are beautiful, enhance the surrounding landscape, and work synergistically with other designs, creating a diverse, but single hearted masterpiece. Other paints give ugly imprints, ones that impose themselves unapologetically, have no concern for the holistic creative vision, and serve as an unwelcome blemish. For those who believe in the holy and natural, we know the righteous paints will never tarnish, while the awful ones will water down and fade in their own impurities. 

So what’s the 21st century portrait looking like? If time is an ever increasing size canvas, yet more paint has been plastered era after era at a much higher proportion, is there anything left for us to put? Anything we can add, or are we simply overwhelmed handling what’s already been dried on? I think the latter is the case. This is our destiny and burden. Our mission will not be to make history, but rather detoxify and realign what’s been accumulated - the human, economic, social, political, environmental, ideological…and all the rest. To redirect towards a proper moral direction. To clean up the mess of our dead ancestors. To not give birth, but to raise what’s been born. 

We are being helped by science and technology, growing at a faster pace than ever before. We are helped by a huge explosion in the information sector, ease of travel and communication, and a range of logistical conveniences. We can interpret these things as proof of human accomplishment, but more importantly I would humbly call it a gift from above - to help aid us with our mission, as if our creator knows what we need. Divine guidance and support!

All of us were chosen and raised in a certain time period for a reason, only known to our creator. We shouldn’t let ourselves get wrapped up in self-importance or arrogance about this. Are we “better” or just “different” than those in other times? I don’t think we have the time to worry about such a question. 

References to war are rife throughout history, and that’s the case here. Specifically, the concept of “total war”, where every resource down to the minute is involved in the effort. In today’s case, every capital resource - the community, personal, psychological, technological - are essential for our mission, and no individual is beyond the scope of relevance and suitability. We have no choice but to go “all in”, and nothing can be held back, if we want any chance of success of a dignified outcome. 

So this affects me of course, because it instantly puts me on notice. What can I clean up? What micro changes can I contribute, throw in the pot, to help with the macro efforts? The degree of inward digging should hopefully correlate to outward action. I am proud of living in this era, because it gives me an incentive for spiritual and personal re-examination. 

What do you guys think?

 



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You have talent with words Magma. 

Mashallah 3aleik

I think if we work on ourselves individually to better ourselves and follow the truth, then we can hopefully be part of the paint that is productive. You also need to actively recognize and reject the bad paint. Like Imam Ali a.s said to one of the soldiers who refused to fight against Ali but also refused to denounce yazid. Imam Ali a.s said "you have recognized the truth but you failed to recognize the falsehood." It is not enough to enjoin good, you need to reject the evil.

Also we need to help each other, the islamic world today is very poor, it is extremely oppressed. Too many shia dont recognize this. They don't see the oppression. A saudi prince spends 70,000$ for 2 nights in burj al arab while the average muslim man makes 10,000$ a year of slaving away at work. This is not justice. There is no electricity in Lebanon in 2017. This is because Lebanese did not reject evil. Iran offered Lebanon power plants and the USA was quick to send envoys to reject and promise cheaper power plants on the condition we reject Iran. Our puppet govt agreed, and now we are sitting with out power. This is because of our failure to recognize evil. Many shia here in this forum still do not understand this concept. 

The only thing we can do is jihad, and the greatest jihad is of oneself. Bettering yourself. Once you do that and are able to stand on your own two feet, then start helping your muslim brothers and sisters. We need to unite and support each other.

 

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