UNDERSTANDING WILL LEAD TO PEACE

I have always believed that understanding leads to compassion, compassion leads to love, and love ultimately leads to peace.
There are over 1.4 billion Muslims in the world today. What do we know about them? What do we know about their beliefs?
Too many of us collectively condemn the entire Islamic community because of ignorance,because of the the actions of a handful.
There are ‘bad seeds’ in every nation… the Christans had their nazis, the Jews had their kahanas, Islam has its terrorists. Yes… Islam has it’s terrorists… you read me right. BUT… are all Muslims terrorists? Are most Muslims terrorists?? NO!
They are people like anyone else with a belief system similar to the Judeo-Christian communities in the world.
Not all Christians were nazis… again, just a handful were… same with the Jews… less than a handful follow the ideals of the judeo nazi movements.So why the enormous anomosity towards Islam? Ignorance is the answer… Ignorance which leads to fear and hatred.
Take the time (4 1/2 minutes) to see what I am talking about.
Open up your hearts and your minds to these people. The results will be worth every minute… the results will lead to PEACE!
Thanks to Chet for posting this on his Blog…
Please watch the video ‘WHAT DOES ISLAM REALLY TEACH?’ HERE.

11 Comments

  1. Terry Scott said,

    October 19, 2006 at 17:03

    As usual, the illustrations are terrific! But with your post in mind, I actually think that ignorance can sometimes be intentional. We can look back at our cold war era and extrapolate so much to this day. The hate-filled bigots and xenophobes out there NEED a new and infinite bogeyman which they have found in Islam. The same rhetoric that was used to describe the “commies” and “reds” several decades ago is being used today. Islam has become the most expeditious focus for anger and hatred (at least from the US). Yes, understanding is the way to dissolve hatred and bigotry and it starts person to person rather than in blogs. People come here already with a pre-sharpened axe and end up sharpening it further when feelings get raw. The best way to foster understanding is for us all to get IN FRONT of our monitors, and not behind them and befriend others of different background and opinions. Have them over for dinner, invite a few friends and have a discussion over coffee. Face to face is where ignorance is unmasked and understanding begins. The United States with its refusal to meet N. Korea in bilateral talks is the most guilty of perpetuating this useful hatred because it drives our economy and enriches the crooks in the drivers seat. As the fastest growing religion in the world today, Islam will retain the memories of its much maligned name and ideology, and when the tide turns, the persecutors will become the persecuted. I hope to not see that day.

  2. DesertPeace said,

    October 19, 2006 at 17:14

    Thanks Saleh…
    Yes, very often ignorance is intentional.. we used to sat that it was bliss as well. Those arguments just don’t hold up in today’s world. We have to open our hearts, our minds… and yes..our homes as you suggest. Only then will it be realised that we are all one… with more similarities than differences.

  3. thepoetryman said,

    October 19, 2006 at 17:41

    Wow! I am loving your new or revamped look! the site header is sweet! Nice post and artwork!

    Thank you!

    Peace.

  4. thepoetryman said,

    October 19, 2006 at 17:43

    Salah Al-Dien,
    I actually think that ignorance can sometimes be intentional.

    Almost all “ignorance” is intentional in regards to politics. Sad, but true.

  5. DesertPeace said,

    October 19, 2006 at 17:52

    Thanks for you compliments Mark… they are truly appreciated.

  6. Abe said,

    October 19, 2006 at 21:41

    I don’t suppose it occurred to you that maybe people are not so understanding of all Muslims since some of them have a tendency to kill innocent civilians for no apparent reason, or that the number of incidents where a Muslim will blow up or crash an airplane into something has been rising steadily for several decades. Perhaps they are not trying to spread their religious beliefs by the sword and then again perhaps they are.

    That the so called majority of non-violent Muslims have no dissenting voice against this behaviour doesn’t help their world image much either.

  7. DesertPeace said,

    October 19, 2006 at 21:49

    Thank you Abe for being a perfect example of how ignorance leads to fear and fear to hatred.

  8. Chet said,

    October 20, 2006 at 03:27

    I have got to agree about ignorance can be intentional. Excellent post. It is sad how some people besides those in politics can be so ignorant. I liked your answer to Abe. Not only does ignorance lead to fear and fear to hatred, but hatred turns into violence. Keep up the good work.

  9. DesertPeace said,

    October 20, 2006 at 06:13

    Thanks Chet…. for the comment and for posting that video in the first place.

  10. Anonymous said,

    October 20, 2006 at 19:15

    “Ignorance is intentional”
    – I quite like that for some strange unexamined reason

    Like the great Socrates,
    to whom the Pythoness at the Delphic Oracle proclaimed the wisest man alive, which let him a bit perplexed –

    – eventually he came up with a brilliant insight of philosophy and self-examination that the only knowledge he was certain about was his own ignorance!

    Socratically ironic or what?

    Any resemblence bewteen myself and Socrates is purely ironic!

    Always yours dp,
    joe 90

  11. DesertPeace said,

    October 20, 2006 at 20:15

    Thanks Joe…. always good to hear from you.


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