Can We Please Start To Look At Ourselves

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  1. “Any religion” While that is technically true it misses the point that Islam is the religion that inspires these people to do what they do. You don’t see Hindu terrorists blowing themselves up into buildings. That being said I do agree with MOST of the article. Good job.

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    1. There are Christian extremists for example… Any religion can breed radicals… Not just Islam. What you’re saying is religious discrimination and that is the problem right now. Saying the religion, the belief system is the problem — that is the real problem.

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      1. The same as Islam as Christianity… You can try and look the other way but one day you’ll see the truth. Some will claim to be Islam, who are violent because they will take these certain verses to heart. In Christianity some will take certain verses of the Bible to heart and become extremists themselves — they’re just in peaceful North America and not the war-torn Middle East.

        And sure right now, with ISIS — Islam is a modern concern. The Crusades, however, were the Christians and that somehow now it is justified. The good in any religion is the whole Quran, the whole Bible, not just selected parts. The Bible is a vicious document too if we pick it a part but there is good and bad that make up any faith…

        What makes a good person is being able to SEE the bad, and NOT act on it.

        If you decide to look at the bad and blame them for how the world is right now, then do so… I, on the other hand, believe in something more powerful than that.

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      2. You have opened my eyes to this topic. I have looked into that site more and I can see where you’re coming from. Please read this so you see where I’m coming from as well.

        https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/may/17/islam-reformation-extremism-muslim-martin-luther-europe

        For the topic of this post, Islam is not the enemy though. They aren’t period. The whole community has to work on it but none of us can just point at them and say that sort of stuff. They need to reform, yes, but we need to back off and let them do it.

        I hope you get what I’m saying. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. War simply must end. I know that this idea has been floating around the world for some time now, but I will say it again—how could we have a small group of people in charge of weapons that can wipe out millions? How? Promoting peace does not equate to stocking up on atomic bombs. Some politicians need to realize that or leave. Wish I knew a way to make them realize that, or at least know what’s truly going through their heads. Thanks for this article.

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    1. That is just simple capitalism: Fewer and fewer people are becoming more and more powerful, or rich, and there are more and more people who have nothing at all or no protection against the industrial arms industry.

      War does have to end! Very soon! The US will decide when that will happen, I guess.

      This war on terrorism, which has been going on since 2001, and now with Trump as President, is exactly like what it was for the people when Vietnam was happening and Nixon was the President.

      I think non-violence and constant protest — every day going out and protesting in the streets will do it eventually. Not just one protest on a Saturday, but a constant form of dissent. People have to clog the system outside before the few people at the top start losing profits or whatever has to happen for them to realize the war can’t keep functioning in society.

      Thank you again for reading! 😀

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      1. Constant protesting! I would love to participate in such a movement—it’s probably one of my fantasies, which sounds strange, but I can only imagine the atmosphere in the sixties must’ve been quite invigorating (in terms of the protests, not what they were protesting). The feeling that so many individuals would put aside their everyday lives to unite under a cause is something that doesn’t seem likely to happen at the moment, but I hope that through the spreading awareness of these pressing issues that, someday, it will have to happen. We can’t ignore the slaughter forever.

        Again, your writing is really inspiring me to write some more articles on these sorts of issues. I’ve begun doing research for an essay about how in the future we could use plastic debris as a more primary form of recycled currency (check out the Plastic Bank’s website, I have a feeling you might be interested). Thank you!

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      2. I think that that kind of social environment is coming back very soon. If it’s not going to be my generation (born in 1989), it will be our kids who will not stand for this kind of injustice… They’ve had the internet their whole lives, unlike the rest of us; the stuff they see online is what is true, they will not live with the two different realities forever; I’m sure that they will rebel against the world that we’re giving to them.

        “The feeling that so many individuals would put aside their everyday lives to unite under a cause is something that doesn’t seem likely to happen at the moment, but I hope that through the spreading awareness of these pressing issues that, someday, it will have to happen. We can’t ignore the slaughter forever.”

        I really do love how you have put this into words…

        And no, I don’t think we will just sacrifice our free lives right now to go stop these atrocities (thinking about myself, I like being at home where it’s quiet — I think about rebelling a lot, but actually doing it and potentially losing my job, not being able to pay rent, or buy myself food — that’s a real concern and I’m afraid to die early without finishing all these projects I have. People can call me a dreamer, scared, cautious, or hypocritical… but I know how the world is right now is not right and it has to change.) but I do believe that the time is coming soon. More connectivity between people, more advanced technologies, and less working hours required to produce necessities are all working towards a potential for people to interacting in a more socialist kind of way, helping each other with food and shelter, and that will allow more time to go out and rebel against the state for a better world.

        I’m so happy to hear you like my writing, I’m honestly blushing over here!!

        I will definitely read your post about plastic and check out the website too! Sounds very interesting. Thank you for sharing, friend.

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      3. Thank you! I’m in the process of writing the first draft of this plastic article. Hopefully it will turn out comprehensible!

        “I think about rebelling a lot, but actually doing it and potentially losing my job, not being able to pay rent, or buy myself food — that’s a real concern…”
        Funny how you should mention this. I was thinking that if a more socialistic/anarchistic revolution were to occur, it would be incited by youth. Why? Because they are the “freest” of us all, in the sense that they are not responsible for keeping a household, family, job, etc (I know school is a central part of our lives, but asides from that). I like to believe that we are untainted by over-tried ideas, and could more easily bring something new to the table.

        “People can call me a dreamer, scared, cautious, or hypocritical…”
        I sometimes find myself thinking the same things about myself, unfortunately! But I know that it is not true. We are all doing the best we can, where we can—the fact that we’re even considering deviant ideologies is something to be proud of.

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