As I close my eyes and drift away to a land where there is love, health, peace, and blessings. I wanted to take the time to think about my previous thoughts, particularly with regards to the TED talk analysis. While I do think that the professor took risks, I also think that it was necessary to open this conversation. Difficult, tense for many who have incurred the wounds of war, or lost loved ones, from within a nation and throughout the world. Whilst I also pushed thoughts to add theological perspectives, I would like to continue my thoughts to include these perspectives.
It is the internal fractures that are derived from external, and external derived from internal; historically to shape what is happening to the present day. While we can think of military forces evoke the power of God (Jesus) in the west, we can also compare this to military forces in the east, who also evoke the power of God (Allah). Now, as I wrote yesterday - God would probably prefer to be loved then fought for, but the very God that is being fought for is the cause of dispute. With dominant religions believing it is thier God / Allah that is the one true God, and others believing it is theirs, and so on. So it is not only a question of God, but also a question of which God, and whose God is the one true God?
But again I present another idea. Radical in the eyes of some, but also simple common sense. I question and ask as with all religions / spiritual belief of God; God desire is to be loved. To establish a closeness with God. But this does not have to be fought for, I requires love. What if we could establish this closeness with God and be respectful with each others religions, beliefs, not seeking a quest to establish who is right or wrong? And rather understand the connectedness within various beliefs to God. For example: We have to realize that the world, and what happened with 9/11 not only changed the USA, but many activities and relations that happen on an international scale. We could say it was an attack to wage war between the Eastern Islamic civilization and the Western world. But today after the retaliations, invasions, where we find a desire for peace, we must explore this possibility.
Regions of on-going tensions.
The war between civilizations and religions was caused by human beings. Not God. Even if anyone does believe that it was God, it wasn't. God has given human beings the power and capabilities of the intellect. To decide. Make decisions, about how to think, act, behave, and make decisions. We can add the disputed territories of the Middle-East. Gaza, Palestine, Israel, and the constructed wars in Syria, tensions between India, Pakistan, and the disputed territory of Kashmir. Regions where wars never end. Fights remain ignored, with little intervention or attention from the international community. We could question how these events in these regions affect what is happening in the west. They do affect affect relations, especially at the Government levels, where decisions are made of building or even breaking relations, even if it is not viewed right. We can think of the recent closure of the Palestinian Liberation Organization to exemplify these thoughts.
We can also question relations with Israel. While Israel and the Israeli people are contributors, investors, and citizens of the USA, Israel's crimes with the Palestinians have been overlooked and ignored for years. Some might ponder on retaliations from Hamas or any other organized group, but then we have to think -- are these groups not just doing the same as Israel?? Protecting territories??
We cannot ignore the power that is derived from money. This influences the protection of Israel over Palestine. But I question again, and wonder why should the human rights of the Palestinians be ignored, even if Israel possesses power from wealth? Is it right that the vulnerable, marginalized are being ignored? Just as the Israelis have a cause, so do the Palestinians. We are actually inherently connected to Israelis, because of land and religion.
The division have been created. Admit it or not. The divisions are purposely created so that tensions continue to exist.
Whilst the west has been protecting Israel for years, the USA dependance on resources from the East was fought for many many years. One could question that this was done so that relations with Israel were put first. But really the USA should be building relations with nations from the east in a state of: at peace. For support, trade relations, seeking resources, natural, human made, and so on. While the USA could fully build relations with the other nations, these have been reserved. It is time to realize that Israel must finally open its arms to peace, and understand the Palestinian right to land, agreements, whose unjust treatment has stemmed from power relations and exploitation. Internal fractures can only be healed once Israel, and parties from all ends of the disputed territories seek mechanisms for peace. And the USA must also realize that it is not right to cover up, or babysit Israel, and fight with other nations with the intention to claim resources.