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Honor

September 19, 2007 2 comments

So this is a quite late blog post, considering I was thinking about writing it about…  8-9 hours ago originally. But when my friend Nathalie showed me her blog which she updates basically every day, I felt suddenly as if I had to write something ;P

As to what? Well, on the way on the bus back home I had all kinds of thoughts of course, ranging between Scumm Island and PP, Honor killings and general human dualism and hypocrisy – I barely remember exactly what I was thinking, but I remember looking out the window of the bus at some guy walking AS I was thinking the thought I am now trying to remember. Ironic, isn’t it? A nonsense observation thought tied to a proper philosophical question, and then you only remember the unimportant one…

Yeah… Basically we watched a 1,5 movie about honor killings, mainly in Jordan, and I got bored halfway through. I sort of got the point. Women are fragile, if they are raped, they must be killed so the honor of the family blah blah. Basically it was very easy to see that the problem lies as always in when people view their religion as whatever they already believe in as THE ABSOLUTE, IRREFUTABLE TRUTH. But while Imams can claim all they want that honor killings have nothing to do with Islam, that’s not really the problem. We know that the concept is older than Islam, but that’s because Islam is a fairly new religion. When it appeared, it was a cultural mish-mash of Judaism, Christianity, Zoroastrianism and local Semitic polytheism. When it was created, it didn’t condemn the misogynic traditions that the clans in the area had had for centuries, and that’s why it was allowed to go on for centuries more. Now, of course there’s part of the Qu’ran that are generally against all cruelty, but that’s just the hypocrisy of man for you. Basically, Islam is not to blame for the view of women that reigns in the Middle-East and in Islamic countries, but it has encouraged it, with its segregation of men and women, view of women as man’s property, et cetera. Of course this view has existed in Christianity and Judaism as well, and partly still does, but we’ve sort of… gone past that stage a long time ago. We convinct the rapist, and not the rapee, just like you convict the thief and not the person who had things stolen from him.

Wow, that came out as anti-Islamic. I really think it’s a much better religion than for example Hinduism, and a lot of muslims are great people. But I have to say that I do not believe that it originates from God, or that Mohammed is God’s messenger, so the logical conclusion from me must be that it was simply a cultural and racial understanding by the arab tribes of other religions, and because of this, it partly accepted the ridiculously patriarchial view of women.

I  promise to bash another religion next blog entry, so sorry ❤

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Short reflection + Framing Armageddon

September 13, 2007 Leave a comment

Okay, so you’re home again now. That was an amazing week, and I miss you horribly, Yael. It’s like I have to reboot life every time after we’ve parted. Either way, to anyone else I haven’t told for some reason, Yael visited me here in Sweden for about a week, and we basically didn’t do much. Went to school a bit, and during the weekend, we went to Liseberg and stayed a night in Gothenburg. We also met up with Cheesebaron at the start, which was pretty pwnage, as he didn’t end up making it to the Amsterdam meet.

Anyhow, to go on, I bought Iced Earth’s new album Framing Armageddon (Something Wicked Part 1) in the store on its world premier, mainly because I was ridiculously anxious to see the lyrics. I had already downloaded the promo version with Mr Schaffer introducing himself and talking over the music every few minutes, but this is way nicer to listen to. Other than with friends, I’ve been discussing the album a bit on the BG forums, since IE has no official forums ;( The lyrics are quite interesting, and seem to relate quite a bit to all kinds of things that have been going on recently. I can’t wait to get the comic book they are releasing about the story, haha

I’ll go on and post the music and lyrics to one of the songs below, to end this post:

Iced Earth – Retribution Through The Ages:

Click below to see lyrics:

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