The Slave Trade in Libya 2017

 

Humans are currently being bought and sold and Libya. Everyone’s angry, as am I. But what angers me even further is the way that no one asks how this slavery came about in the first place and who is behind its re-uprising. The person behind this, much to many’s dismay, is ‘Black Lives Matter’ advocate, Barrack Hussain Obama. People are too busy focusing on Donald Trump’s alleged racist comments whilst ignoring the actions of people who are actually responsible for real acts of racism; forgetting that actions always speak louder than words.

Obama supported and funded terrorist rebel groups (i.e. ISIS) in many countries, with Libya being one of these. These groups now have power in Libya and Libya’s government is not yet stable enough to control the mess that Obama’s ‘liberation’ of Libya (funny, this) left behind. These groups are now doing as they please, with many of these extremist members believing that Islam permits slavery. Besides this ‘Islamic’ aspect, as an Arab I can tell you that the truth is there are many Arabs who are racist and have no problem treating black people as subhuman. It’s disgusting that this mentality still exists today but the reality is that it does and Obama’s support of extremist Arab nutjobs has allowed free rein to these kinds of mentalities to come into action.

Now, because of Obama’s idea of ‘liberation’ of Libya – i.e. support of power to terrorist nutjobs – black people are being sold for as little as a couple hundred dollars.

It’s quite amazing, isn’t it, what one does when given power. Obama was the first black president and, ironically, racism against blacks is one of the things that he holds a responsibility for but, as usual, he dismisses these responsibilities. He causes the damage then leaves, back to his luxurious and peaceful home whilst advocating for ‘Black Lives Matter’ and human rights.

This world really sickens me sometimes. But one thing that has given me hope is the way that Syria and Russia were able to win against the devil that is the US. Many lives lost, many families broken, grief that will stay with individuals for the entirety of their lives… but all of this is why Assad’s victory is such a great one. It seemed impossible in the eyes of many for Syria to gain back power against the US and Saudi’s strongly-backed terrorists, but the fact that Assad and Putin transcended far above these expectations and managed to almost completely liberate Syria after a very long and distressing battle gives me hope. A lot of hope.

As the great Bukowski said: it has been a beautiful fight’, and we can now only hope that the damaged countries such as Libya, Yemen and many others resultant from the US’s deadly intervention, will end in the same victorious way that Syria proved they can.

 

#NotoSlavery 

Becoming the alchemist of your own chemistry

A teacher was once telling my class about this old man called Wim Hof. Wim Hof carries the title of ‘The Iceman’ due to his ability to withstand very low temperatures – we’re talking hours. In ice. Topless. The Iceman believes that we all have the ability to control our body’s chemistry despite the strength of external conditions, explaining that we are able to “turn [our] own thermostat up” through techniques such as particular breathing exercises and meditation. According to science, the body naturally can’t handle extremely low or extremely high temperatures, but Wim Hof rebelled against this preconception and demonstrated – through the use of the capacity of some of our other human abilities- that actually, we can.

I find this quite amazing. Not only from the scientific aspect (this is considering I don’t know a lot of science lol) but in the way that this tells us so much about the capacity of our internal power, despite sometimes fixed, difficult external conditions.

I particularly like Wim Hof’s description of his ability to turn his ‘own thermostat up’ when in extremely cold climates. Again, it just shows the extent of the control we can have over ourselves, even when all the odds seem to be against us, and this ‘thermostat’ that Hof talks about, can, if you want to think of it this way, be symbolic of happiness. We can essentially turn up our happiness even when we feel like we can’t and everything around us suggests otherwise. In Wim Hof’s words, we can be the alchemists of our own chemistry. I know he may have probably been referring to our biological chemistry but it applies in the same way if you look at it from a psychological perspective.

There’s a quote that I once read by Khalil Gibran (you should check out his work if you don’t know him) which kind of amplifies this idea of the ability of internal factors to override external factors.

“Happiness is a vine that takes root and grows within the heart, never outside it.

Everything you need is within you. Although we may sometimes feel that our happiness or comfort depends on particular external and seemingly uncontrollable factors in our life, ultimately, within us we have superseding capacities that we don’t know the power of until we utilise them, as Wim Hof showed to us through his combatting of difficult climates. All these internal capacities really ask for is our full activation.

 

Widening your sCOPE

Apart from the basic reasons that one may put up a world map on their bedroom wall (i.e. the fact that I simply like world maps), I keep a world map in my room because I think it’s important to remind ourselves that we are not as important as we think we are. We get so caught up and consumed by our lives and the smallest details within it that we forget that what we know, what we see and how we see it isn’t all there is. We forget that, amongst the infinite number of living organisms on earth, we, in the eyes of the universe, are very very small. By this, then,does this not mean that the details of our lives are further microscopic; insignificant, essentially? This is of course looking at things from a zoomed out perspective and it is of course natural that as humans, our life and its contents is far more significant to us as it is all we’ve ever known. But I think this zoomed out perspective is necessary sometimes, for the sake of both yourself and other humans.

What I mean is, since, through this zoomed out perspective, the details of your being are insignificant (technically speaking) then this of course means that your everyday negative experiences, however large you feel them to be, are technically not as large, or strong, as you see or feel. This comes with the fact that as humans we have volatile emotions; different ones come and go, rise and surrender, fade and reappear – making this notion that our everyday negative experiences are insignificant further so, and this is based on the fact that nothing in our lives is permanent, including the life itself.

I know this post has a kind of nihilistic nature (unintended) but I’m just trying to bring to light the fact that sometimes, we just need to zoom out a little. You can zoom in to positive things in your life as much as you like because I think that’s what life is all about (ok corny) but when it comes to the weight of negative things, I think it’s good to look at your life from a broader perspective. I say this because I think that, often, when bad things happen in our lives we forget about all the good and the negativity of the current period of our lives blinds us. We forget that our life is a lot more than the negative experience that we are currently going through and the vast scope of the earth can be paralleled with this. Ultimately, there is a lot more to see.

Shallow .

We all tend to like people who are similar to us and who we can identify with. But in some situations, it is completely and utterly wrong to merely judge someone with a particular and extremely influential role – i.e. a president – based on the likability of their persona which has nothing to do with their role and obligations.

One example I’m referring to in particular here is Obama who has succeeded in whitewashing himself and making himself appealing (largely to the youth) through his ‘cool’ personality, in a way that will make people uninterested in the atrocities he executes behind his shallow facade. Shallowness is unfortunately a bane of our society. We focus on things that should be least focused on whilst the real activity, the blood and bones activity, the white-collar murder activity, is disregarded to the extent that it was if it had never occurred.

Some significant facts about Obama beyond his ‘cool’ demeanour:

– He dropped 26,171 bombs on 7 countries in 2016 alone. These included Syria, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen and Pakistan.
– This was all whilst arming terrorists in these same countries.
– At the same time showing condemnation of these terrorists to the general public.
– Whilst also showing of himself some false compassionate qualities:

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But don’t you worry about all of this, right, because he’s just such a cool guy. What a great character he is. Hey, why not inaugurate a public holiday for him, too. Like, a whole day called ‘Barrack Obama Day’ for a guy who murdered thousands of human beings, shattered families and whose moral integrity is just overflowing.

Let’s not forget about Hilary Clinton. All females must love her simply because she’s a female and ‘girl power’, right? Let’s forget about her lies and murders, though. That’s not important. All it is is cheap blood anyway.

I hope whoever’s reading this (if anyone) understands what I’m trying to get at with this post. We need to stop looking at shallow things and dig deeper for the things that really matter. Not just in terms of politics of course but simply in our everyday lives, which, for many of us, is consumed by things and words that have no substance but which only serve to build a layer that pleases society’s eyes and in doing so distracting from the things that truly matter.

il bel far niente .

Being still, doing absolutely nothing and being content with it (no, I don’t mean sleeping.) is an art we all need to learn. Phones, TVs and laptops switched off; the only things with us our thoughts and feelings.

Society today underrates the practice and power of the simplest form of being. This makes this art harder for some to learn than others, but we’re all capable of it.

Once you learn it but most importantly, feel comfortable with it, you’ll gain an invaluable power that will accompany you throughout your life. This power is built on the feeling of enoughness and beside this, simplicity, both of which I believe are the keys to a happy life.

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il bel far niente // “the beauty of doing nothing”

“That’s racist!”

So the other day I saw a picture posted on Instagram of the packaging of an Egyptian chocolate brand which showed a milk chocolate bar with a cartoon black man and a white chocolate bar with a white man. This sparked complaints in the comment section with lots of people shouting racism with no logical justification, simply that the dark chocolate was allegedly being correlated with the skin colour of black people. How this is racist I don’t understand. If this is racist then you would expect white people to be complaining, too, no? Since they were also supposedly being associated with the colour of white chocolate. But this wasn’t the case as they were not complaining at all. When I joined the discussion and tried to get people to explain why the image is racist/offensive nobody could answer my questions directly and continued to simply state that it’s racist.

The reason I decided to write about this is because I see this issue of people shouting racism for uncalled for situations way too often and it’s really quite damaging as well as irritating. What it does is it reinforces pre-existing divisions and prejudices between whites and blacks and simply adds more unneeded conflict to the world. I see people shouting racism at the slightest glimpse of opportunity and it really needs to stop. No doubt that racism does exist, but we need to talk about it only at times that truly and evidently call for it, other than that, you are underlyingly victimising a whole group of people many of which live their lives having not experienced situations of racism at all.

Another example where people irrationally began pulling the racism card is the 2017 Grammy Awards. The Album of The Year award was to be given to one of Adele or Beyonce – two very popular talented candidates with popular albums. Adele was chosen as the winner of the award via fair and square conditions but still, people began pulling the racism card as the reason to why Beyonce didn’t win. People began claiming that, because Beyonce’s album encompassed issues regarding black people, that this is why she did not win the award. Why must people bring up these excuses whenever it suits them? Adele won fair and square given that her album, like Beyonce’s, was very good and popular.

One last thing I want to talk about is the way people are quick to complain about diversity issues within films/shows, with people saying things like “why do they all have to be white” or “why are there no black people in this” and the way film/show producers try extra hard to make sure there is race diversity amongst their cast to avoid criticism. For some situations, this is appropriate as people don’t feel considered or represented when the people they watch are all of the same race. However, other times, it is clear that producers feel unnecessarily pressured to include a black person, for example, just to cancel out criticism about lack of diversity, even at times when the film is traditionally supposed to represent only white people. But don’t get me wrong, diversity is a great thing and I love that it is considered, but if you’re going to try to show diversity then you should also include an Asian Westerner, too for example and not restrict your presentation of diversity to just African Westerners. Why are only blacks and whites considered? This kind of represents the way society sometimes tends to think – in black and white terms only. There are loads of other colours in between that should be looked at if you’re seeking to see or present the full picture.

Half-blind judgement

We all sometimes tend to judge things without knowing enough or having accurate enough information. We accept the information that is most presented to us and take this in as the truth, disregarding the possibility of inaccuracy or the fact that what is presented to us is usually only one side of the story. Mass media undoubtedly plays a huge part in this and the reality is that many news channels are skilled in manipulating information in a way that suits their agenda and will easily indoctrinate the minds of the masses. These are usually big news channels that everyone is used to, so top tip- use small news sources that are not as popular. There you’re more likely to find accurate information from frontline sources that no one wants heard.

But there’s a sad truth within our societies: there are people that see only what they want to see and hear only what they want to hear and will therefore use sources only from the perspective that they have settled into. These people accept solely information that is comfortable to their eyes and ears and existing mentalities; information which rarely dissents from expectations and the majority’s views. This way biased conclusions are made and people never see the full story because of their lack of research and openness to other sources of information.

This is kind of the same as when people judge others without having enough information. You may judge someone on one encounter or one aspect of their personality and take this as the full picture – for example, I’m a quiet person and most people simply see me as such, but the people that are close to me know that there is a lot more to my personality because they have a broader range of information. This greater information is what we all need to strive for in our everyday lives; it is too often that people simply accept what they see in front of them with no desire to learn more.

Anyway, the reason I’m writing about this is because I’ve had a lot of experience being in the minority position in terms of things like views on world affairs and I see how unheard we are. I see how little influence we have because of stronger forces in the majority making sure their self-serving agenda is fulfilled. So this is why we all need to research and question all the time. Be open to all sources and consider all sides and all possibilities. Make a greater effort to gain more information. Don’t simply accept, ask questions. Immunise yourself from the brainwashing forces of the media and be one more informed mind on earth.

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Let me wrap this up with a fact-filled quote from a fact-filled man;

Propaganda is most effective when our consent is engineered by those with a fine education – Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Columbia — and with careers on the BBC, the Guardian, the New York Times, the Washington Post. These organisations are known as the liberal media. They present themselves as enlightened, progressive tribunes of the moral zeitgeist. They are anti-racist, pro-feminist and pro-LGBT. And they love war. While they speak up for feminism, they support rapacious wars that deny the rights of countless women, including the right to life.” ~ John Pilger

^ those right there are what you may call facts.