A word about words.
The following comment by Jess Lair in his book "I ain't much baby, but I'm all I've got." applies to much of what I have put on this site. It is, actually, a problem I run into almost daily.
I say one thing and get a reply that seems out of context with what I said because one of the words I used has a different meaning or value to them than it does to me. It can end up to be a constant battle of definition of terms (and that if I know which term is being taken wrongly).
Thus, one one the reasons for this site. For someone doing research it may not apply as much, but for learning about different principles and precepts to be able to read what several people have said about the same thing often helps clarify things.
"We are going to be confronted with one huge problem here and that is that your whole tradition of learning from books and classes has been so word-oriented. The problem with words is that they are very slippery things. And the thing we are tryng to learn here is not words—we are trying to learn living. How can you talk about love? How can you talk about a father hugging a child with words? …
"Well, this is the problem: Words are tricky. And in this book, everything I say to you is wrong. It misses the whole mark. This book is not Truth. Because our finite minds cannot know Truth. We can only try to come as close as possible. And the closest I can come to truth is not in words but in the feeling behind them. So as you read, you must read between the lines because that's as close to Truth as you and I get. And because we are talking ablut an infinitely complex life from a limited, finite view. When you catch me with two inconsistent ideas, the Truth is probably somewhere in between."
" …you and I will have to overcome that problem. We're going to have to use words. But we must never make the mistake of confusing the words and the knowledge of the words with anything that is really important. The only thing, the only important objective of this book is to be different. If we are not going to be different, we are just using the words to fool ourselves.
"Now it's very simple for me to teach you a whole lot of new words, a whole lot of new phrases, new explanations and new ways of looking at things. That is very simple. But it is very hard for you to overcome this schooling and bookish tendency so you can see that what we are talking about is a different way of being."
"Read not to contradict and confute, nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider."
—Sir Francis Bacon
" … . Scattered brotherhoods, religious orders, and small groups explored what seemed to be extraordinary reaches of conscious experience … they had no way to disseminate their discoveries widely … quite suddenly, in this decade … the riches of many cultures are available to whole populations … ." [1.]
"… . If these discoveries of transformation are to become our common heritage for the first time in history, they must be widely communicated." [2.]
"In every country in the world today, men of goodwill and of true understanding are to be found. Many thousands of them are known. They are, however, either ridden by fear or by a feeling of futility, and by the realisation that the work to be done is so stupendous, that their isolated little efforts are utterly useless to break down the barriers of hate and separation everywhere to be found. They realise that there is apparently no systematised spread of the principles which seem to hold the solution of the world problem; they have no conception of the numerical strength of those who may be thinking as they do, and they are consequently rendered impotent through their loneliness, their lack of unity, and the dead weight of the surrounding inertia.
"… . How can a true prosperity be established, which shall be the result of unity, peace and plenty?
"Only in one way. By the united action of the men and women of goodwill and understanding, in every country and in every nation. Steadily and quietly, with no sense of hurry, must they do three things:
"First, they must discover each other and be in touch with each other. Thus the sense of weakness and of futility will be offset … " [7.]
"Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world.
Indeed it is the only thing which ever has."
"… . If we are to dream a larger American dream, we must go beyond our own experience, much as the authors of the Constitution immersed themselves in the political and philosophical ideas of many cultures and as the Transcendentalists synthesized insights from world literature and philosophy to frame their vision of inner freedom." [3.]
"ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
— John 8:32
"Prove all things; hold fast that which is good."
—1. Thessalonians 5:21
"… . Part of the communication problem … results from the extreme specialization of the researchers and their own lack of an overview. Very few people are synthesizing the information being gathered in far-flung places. It is as if military scouts were continually returning from reconnaissance missions with observations and there were no generals to put it all together …" [4.]
"Shattering Misconceptions: How One U.S. Muslim Company Works to Remake the World
'In 2001, I was on Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. While at the Prophet's Mosque in Madinah, I was asked by a group of Muslims from several countries what it was like to be Muslim in America. Specifically, they were curious about whether I was able to practice Islam freely.
"My response was perhaps as surprising to them as their question was to me. I said, yes I can live my religion freely; that there are perhaps as many as 8 million Muslims or more in the U.S. and that there are mosques and schools all over the country; that Muslims were basically in all sectors of American life; … "
"My fellow hajjis were astounded. And it is one example of the misconceptions most Muslims probably have about America, just as many Americans have misconceptions about Islam and what its presence means here. On the one hand, here I was performing Hajj and dispelling false notions among fellow Muslims about what it means to be American, while a few months later, after 9-11, I was addressing fellow Americans about what it means to be Muslim … "—Al Hajj Mukhtar Muhammad (April 2004 address given at U.S. State Department Visit for Afghan leaders).
" … . Of particular note, is an April 2004 address to visiting governors from Afghanistan. His topic: Respecting and Trusting the Group Intellect: Essential Foundations in Islamic and American Democracy—included the following proclamation: 'The Muslim American Dream is deeply rooted in the American Dreama dream not just captured in the often referenced "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," but more aptly defined by "One nation under God indivisible with liberty and justice for all.' … "
" 'We want to make a difference, not just as a successful business, but as a leader in remaking the world into a better place for humanity. Our Prophet said, "The ink of the scholar is more valuable than the blood of the martyr." We believe words make people. Our mission is not on the battlefield with weapons, but in the realm of ideas. We are using words to affect hearts and minds,' observes Muhammad."[5.]
"The Muslim and the Christian community today constitute about 20% and 25 % of global population respectively. It would be unthinkable for such big communities to live in conflict and confrontation. Apart from the force of interdependence in an era of globalization to which reference has already been made the emergence of what writers like V S Naipaul describe as an "universal civilization and cultural coming together of humanity and increasing acceptance of common values, beliefs orientations and practices" would strongly argue against any such conflict along "fault lines" dividing civilizations. The need of the hour is to launch a concerted effort by public leaders, religious scholars, academics and civil society to highlight the common message of universal brotherhood, friendship and harmony which are the main themes of all religions and to work unitedly towards a prosperous stable and harmonious international community." [6.]
"… . Once it is loaded with the intimate personal data of a million people, our database network will search and sort that data, and directly interconnect all the participants who see the world a certain way, who believe something in common, or who want to work together to build a better world. [[8.]] This database communication network will be the most powerful tool for community building since the wheel. It will create political coalitions and ad hoc spiritual and religious networks at the speed of light, interconnecting the human community through its Highest Common Factors in the most fine-grained detail a human mind can conceive. For the first time in history, the human race will be able to assemble the big picture of our collective situation. Like the all-seeing eye of God at the top of the pyramid on the one dollar bill, the network itself will see the whole.
"Human beings are aching in their souls for an empowerment to raise us above misunderstanding. [9.] We've been half-blind since we emerged from the primal ooze. But these new network systems are growing, and the technology seems feasible. These things are going to happen, and there's no more powerful force for hope and inspiration on this planet."—Bruce Schuman [10.]