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Silas

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  1. It is amazing to think about all the sectarian violence between Christian sects and denominations. It is far beyond anything seen in the Crusades (against the Muslims) or other groups. The Thirty Years War (total catastrophe), Albigensian Crusade, Iconoclast violence in the Byzantine era, the chaos of the Reformation, etc.
  2. This has been showing up in European and US media. Sounds completely crazy to me I really hope there isn't some false-flag attack planned, followed by Saudi & US military action against Iran. That would be catastrophic. There would be riots here in the US
  3. I would point out that this Orientalist discourse is not coming from "western scholars", it is coming from Jewish scholars living in the west Kenneth Pollack is a Zionist Jew who wrote the "Iranian Puzzle" --countless other texts and dissertations have been submitted by Jews who have an antipathy towards Iran, and who succumb to Orientalist stereotypes and prejudices These biases find their way into western textbooks that kids in school read A majority of Americans have no ill-will towards Iran, and certainly no dislike of Persians. Don't let a handful of Jews create a problem where no problem exists. Biden's cabinet is almost entirely Jewish, and the rest of the country is held hostage by their prejudices What you see in Iran is not what is really going on. What you hear from these "scholars" is propaganda and religious-ethnic prejudice. They have a vested interest in fostering suspicion and conflict between Iran, Israel, and the US.
  4. The last drunken proverbamid dank and swollen alleysis wise to hidden tormentsin the hearts of forgotten souls.The reluctant kisses offeredfrom saffron-sashed girlsare pregnant with innocencein the minds of abandoned men.The thorny branches graspedby hesitant hands wanderingare blood-hewn but forgivingin the song of songs,and the any-directed cryof deposed mothers youngis fierce in the smokethat suffocates cities,because all these thingsare loud as battlefield canonsor silent as punished childrenaccording to an angle.To wander among this,is to invite the feverbefore the sun washes rotfrom these scenes asunder
  5. while I despise Putin, I don't think Zelensky is any better. He is an authoritarian propped up by corrupt oligarchs.
  6. complete lunacy in the west right now. This transgender nonsense has taken over
  7. Others here would know better than me, but I would say Sharif University of Technology. Maryam Mirzakhani studied there (first woman to win the Fields Medal, and one of the best mathematicians in the last 50 years--a genius)
  8. I the US, Catholicism, Presbyterianism, and the Episcopal Church are dying. Just in the last few years, the number of Catholics has declined by around 2 million. The Evangelical Church is much stronger, and in some areas it is gaining members. My wife is part of the Swedish Evangelical Free Church (EFCA) and directly involved with the church. In the southern US, the Baptists are still pretty strong, and I think it has a lot to do with culture. The Anabaptists were pretty much wiped out in Europe a couple hundred years ago. In my area, there are many Muslims, and some pretty large mosques, but it is almost entirely Sunni here. I think the area I live in has the highest percentage of Muslims in the US, save for Dearborn Michigan. There is a small Shia mosque not far from me (Irshad Learning Center), but they are very secretive. At one point, they had some trouble with people in the community who didn't want them building the mosque in a specific neighborhood (I also suspect some of the Sunni Muslims may have had an issue with them as well). Nevertheless, a greater number of people pressured the local government to make sure the mosque could be established (including myself), and that the principles of our Constitution were adhered to. I've had the reputation as a *closet Muslim* for quite some time due to things like this lol (if one were to ask for my religion, I would say Muslim, even though it is difficult for me to practice openly --my family and friends are Scandinavian, Baltic, German, and British --they have many misconceptions about the faith). so right now, I am happy to learn about the faith and keep things to myself as the years go by, we will see more western people gravitate to Islam quite naturally
  9. I was a university instructor in Rhetoric & Composition at an American university, and I'm a published writer. I would be happy to help you if you still need assistance
  10. Almost 50% of the people as non-religious. Amazing It was probably 10% 50-60 years ago Islam will be the primary religion in Europe within 40-50 years. Christianity will hold on longer in the US and certainly in South America Many European nations have largely abandoned Christianity at this point. When I lived in Germany in the 1980s, the churches were empty
  11. Dugan reminds me of the old saying "the reformer is always right about the things are wrong, but he is seldom right about the things that are right" I am as against western hegemony and globalism as he is, and certainly against degenerate culture. But his solution involves the resurrection of the Soviet Union under some hodge-podge "National Bolshevik" moniker, Russian ethno-nationalism, and cynical alliances. Dugan's thesis is pretty simple: Russia should not look west as a European power, but should embrace the east, and dominate Central Asia and the former Soviet states. We are going from Peter the Great back to Ivan the Terrible. Persia was always a greater empire than Russia ever was, culturally, religiously, scientifically, and even militarily, for much of its history. And it can be again, but not as some vassal state of a declining Russia. Iran doesn't need Russia, but Russia might need Iran. Russia has absolutely nothing to offer Iran, save for company in a collection of nations that are considered pariah states. China views Russia as an irrelevant nation with a bunch of nukes. A nation with an economy smaller than that of Texas, a declining population, and virtually no cultural influence. Dugan's ideas of some grand alliance in the east is a demented fantasy.
  12. Mostly my son right now --I have been too busy with work. I know some phrases and expressions, but that is it right now. I'd like to start learning it again when I have time (and ultimately go on a trip to Iran)
  13. the most difficult aspect for me is the Persian alphabet for sure. Pronunciation isn't too bad, and the grammar is straightforward. Gaelic has relatively tricky grammar, but some of the most difficult pronunciation of any language
  14. I wouldn't say Gaelic is beautiful lol. Farsi certainly is (more so than Arabic). Gaelic sounds barbarian lol
  15. Marx was an atheist since his youth, and his system of dialectical materialism does not permit the existence of God, or even metaphysics --it is entirely materialist. He once said "The first requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolishment of religion"
  16. Ibn Sina's (Avicenna) "theory of essence posits three modalities: essences can exist in the external world associated with qualities and features particular to that reality; they can exist in the mind as concepts associated with qualities in mental existence; and they can exist in themselves devoid of any mode of existence" Western scholars have misinterpreted this in some ways as to mean there is a dichotomy between essence and existence, or some arbitrary line --there really isn't. The human minds captures the abstract and the material simultaneously. It forms and utilizes universals in order to make assumptions about the particular. Science deals in the abstractions of the mind (second mode of essence according to Ibn Sina), and hypotheticals, and in this way, the OP is correct: it is not only forward-looking, but predictive. Solve for X, predict the trajectory of a rocket, use the data gained from a given set to determine outcomes and possibilities. Science is never "here and now". The language of science is not the language of the common person, and the language of the Prophets cannot be expected to work the same way.
  17. My son is learning Farsi, and he was complaining that it was difficult. He said "why can't I learn a European language"! (Farsi is, in reality, an Indo-European language, and its grammar is familiar) so I said "sure, why not one of the Celtic languages like this one"? He went screaming back to Farsi lol.
  18. I worry that this whole thing is going to cause more anti-Iranian sentiment, or excuses for such views, in the west such events serve as convenient excuses for certain people ....
  19. If Civil War breaks out here I am moving to Iran lol
  20. I am in Chicago. I would contend that many people like the ones I described live in places like Portland, Seattle, Boston, etc. In the southeast? I imagine the crowd is different But all of that is academic. Wouldn't you say that Marxism, like Islam, is an encompassing way of life, a worldview, and what Weaver would call "a metaphysical dream"? "Every man in a culture has three levels of conscious reflection: his specific ideas about things, his general beliefs, and his metaphysical dream. The first constitutes his worldliness, the second is applied to certain choices as they present themselves and the third which is the most important is his intuitive feeling about the immanent nature of reality. Without this it is impossible to live together harmoniously for prolonged amounts of time" From a simple perspective, Islam asserts 1. The inherent, spiritual value of the individual 2. The metaphysical certainty of reality--things are what they are, regardless of our perspective 3. Hierarchy 4. The unity of peoples and cultures under the banner of Islam 5. The fundamental reality of God (Allah) 6. A right to private property While Marxism, or leftist doctrines, assert: 1. The value of a society a placed above that of the individual. 2. The death of metaphysics and certainty--everything is relative, arbitrary, and a consequence of power relationships. The only things that are "real" are those which the State (authority) affirms 3. Abolishment of hierarchy (at least in theory) 4. A fragmented view of humanity--people are members of tribes, classes, and races. The only "unity" is that which is imposed, and the only ting that brings people together is class consciousness 5. Atheism 6. Abolishment of private property In short, those Communists, anarchists, whatever, have a very different metaphysical dream than you or I do (or at least I suspect). They talk a good game until it comes time to put us against a wall and machine gun us, like the Soviets butchered the Muslims in Baku during the revolution.
  21. I would say that left-wing Europeans are very different from left-wing Americans In the US, they are tribal, intolerant, and in many cases, crazy. This is the country where they define women as "birthing people", insist men can have babies, that private property should be abolished at worst, or seriously curtailed at best. Many are hardcore Zionists (although we have that element within neocon circles as well),even though they hate religion. They aren't even Marxists--they are just lunatics. Europeans tend to be more level-headed and tolerant, although things seem to be getting worse there too. Note: I speak of the far-left, not simply of left-of-center people. Big difference
  22. I live in an area of the US that is somewhat unique: it has a large Muslim population (mostly Sunni, but around 20% Shia), and Asian population. There are a fair number of conservative whites, but also a large population of left-wing whites. The conservatives are generally indifferent towards people of other religions. Some are welcoming, and go to open mosque events, etc. A very small number of these people have any kind of ethnic prejudice or knee-jerk dislike of Arabs, Iranians, etc. But I can say with certainty that the left-wing people here have nothing but contempt for religion. They put signs in their yards with anti-religious slogans. They view Christians as ignorant bigots deserving of persecution. In public, they are tolerant, or even welcoming of Muslims,but behind doors, they spew out venom towards Islam, claiming that it oppresses women, is based on superstition, and is dangerous. I frequently hear things like "Muslims want to destroy Israel and kill the Jews"! I would warn Muslims that how "progressives" act towards you in public does not reflect what they feel about you in private.
  23. In the US, as elsewhere, radicalism is an issue. Depending where you live, the radicals may be from the political left, or the right (not good). In places like Portland or Minneapolis, rioters burn down police stations, assault people in the streets, and attack neighborhoods. In other places, (such as the deep south) some disgruntled right-wing youth might open fire on a mosque or school. But I think there is a deeper issue here: those who have abandoned reason, truth, certitude, and prudence, and have embraced tribalism, irrationalism, and immorality, will descend into a hell of their own making, and into violence and outrage. Whether or not this turns into widespread violence, or organized rebellion, in the US, is difficult to say. We went through this in 1861-1865, and the consequences were awful.
  24. His life brings to mind the poem by Hopkins "Felix the Farrier" (blacksmith) --both in terms of his vocation, but also the spiritual quality Felix Randal the farrier, O is he dead then? my duty all ended, Who have watched his mould of man, big-boned and hardy-handsome Pining, pining, till time when reason rambled in it, and some Fatal four disorders, fleshed there, all contended? Sickness broke him. Impatient, he cursed at first, but mended Being anointed and all; though a heavenlier heart began some Months earlier, since I had our sweet reprieve and ransom Tendered to him. Ah well, God rest him all road ever he offended! This seeing the sick endears them to us, us too it endears. My tongue had taught thee comfort, touch had quenched thy tears, Thy tears that touched my heart, child, Felix, poor Felix Randal; How far from then forethought of, all thy more boisterous years, When thou at the random grim forge, powerful amidst peers, Didst fettle for the great grey drayhorse his bright and battering sandal!
  25. Silas

    The Mill

    (inspired by a painting by Rembrandt) The Mill A motionless nexus holds fast:pensive and serene, in dusk’slambent apprehensionthe axis that moves againstthe world and with itas the village recedesinto enveloping shadowwhile formless men moveon starved rivers.Jubilant women gatherunder sandy taupe cliffstheir expressions lostand everything seemsto float, hover, and mergeinto one unrecoverable moment.I would hold to this,because I cannot graspanything with permanencelayers of celestial lightchasing a perishing sunover all our endeavors.
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