Pothole and coffee
I’m thinking of making myself some coffee but getting off the chair, walking up the stairs, taking out the milk, and whipping the coffee seems too much work. I wonder if I can ask Allah for telekinesis as an engagement present (I’m sure one of my friends will say “isn’t getting a ring enough?”- the correct reply to which is, of course, that there is no such thing as enough).
Sadly though, I am completely out of inspiration, and maybe, just maybe, coffee might kick start my cerebrum a bit.
After months of watching hyper-violent Tarantino flicks I’m trying half heartedly to watch “Four weddings and a funeral”. The film’s just begun and instead of paying attention to the television screen I’m focusing on the monitor since I haven’t, even after years of trying, learned how to type without looking at the keyboard. Yesterday I watched Never been Kissed with my sister, and before that I’ve been watching Ugly Betty. Thing is, I need to build some love-tolerance. I need to learn how to watch rom-coms without gagging, read romance novels without cringing and throwing the book to the side, and watch happily-commited people hang out without predicting when they’ll break up. I don’t want to change who I am, just be more accepting of the possibility that love might actually exist.
Love- tolerance?!…*gag gag snort* I can’t believe I even wrote that (goes and pukes in trashcan).
Today I had a very long discussion with my thesis advisor about the need to follow religion to become better people. Regardless of my own love for Islam, I do believe that having a state religion hampers a country’s progress and it’s an opinion that secretly I’m sure a lot of people share. Religion should be kept strictly on a personal level, because having a state religion is a sure-fire way of corrupting not just the state, but also the religion. Khaer, he disagreed, and being my thesis advisor obviously I let him win the argument.
But during the discussion which ran round and round in concentric circles, we hit a bit of a pothole. I’m just writing down the gist of the argument because unfortunately, I have a photographic memory, not audiographic.
T.A: Ok, I agree. The problem is with Muslims. We haven’t read enough, we don’t follow the basic ethical tenets of Islam, we don’t try to prove ourselves to be good humans, much less good muslims, question is, how can that change?
Me: Well, when muslims move to Western countries, they follow a lot of their rules because…
T.A: un ke sar pe danda hota he. Woh tau theek he. Lekin that’s not how it should be. People in the west follow rules not just because they’re afraid of the law, but because they know it’s the right thing to do. We don’t. Why is that?
Me: They’ve been taught sir! Ever since they were children! They’ve been systematically brainwashed to be good people! Our people haven’t!
T.A: Don’t talk to me about brainwashing. You don’t need to be brainwashed to know basic things like ‘don’t throw trash outside’ and ‘don’t steal’. And how is it possible that a person can so easily be brainwashed into leaving his family and children and embarking on jihad in the middle of Afghanistan within a few months, and yet not be brainwashed into following traffic rules and being kind to his neighbors? All of which he’s been taught for decades?
Me: …………………….. (ok, he’s got me there)
Honestly, why don’t we get brainwashed into being good?