Friday, January 12, 2007

TAK BOLEH BOGEL (NO NUDITY) IN MALAYSIA!

Another unpublished Letter to the Editor...

It’s been ages since I felt moved to write a letter to The Editor. The urge to air my views in print has been building up since the Nude Squat furore erupted (seems like the only “legitimate” way you can see people naked is to arrest them first). City Hall’s declared intention to penalize folks caught smooching or even holding hands in public was irksome news to me (some of my fondest memories involve exactly that). But the final straw was the email I received announcing that free screenings of international films organised by Kaki Kino at FINAS have been suspended till further notice, after a shrill complaint about uncensored “babak lucah” (nude scenes) appeared in a leading Malay daily.

Imagine a lush lagoon, festooned with giant ferns and flirtatious mermaids. A man and a woman, both well-tanned, are strolling hand-in-hand along the sandy shore, gloriously naked. Is that not a veritable vision of paradise? Granted, the couple could also be modeling chic beachwear by Jean-Paul Gaultier (but that would be too much like a glossy magazine ad).

Now imagine a fast-motion sequence showing Tokyo commuters at rush hour – all respectably dressed in office apparel and suffering from gastritis. Or a slow-motion montage of KL traffic after a heavy afternoon downpour. Cut to the gory aftermath of a car bomb attack in Baghdad and then crossfade to a wide-angle closeup of an American-made Israeli bulldozer, demolishing a Palestinian neighborhood, as terrified women clutch babies to their hearts and wail in despair. Hellish scenes, for sure – but they would get past the censors, no problem.

Why is this so? Are we being indoctrinated to perceive pain as okay and pleasure as not? Is it any wonder that crime reports are getting more gruesome by the day? Maybe it’s time to reassess what sort of messages we’re being programmed with.

There’s no way I can conceive of a kiss or a hug, regardless of who’s doing it and where, as being indecent or offensive. These are signs of love and affection. Are these warm feelings WRONG? Folks who react negatively to romance and sex were probably deprived of cuddles as kids. They’re likely to inflict corporal punishment on their own children as a matter of routine. Those who express alarm and outrage at the sight of female nipples are undoubtedly some inorganic lifeform in human disguise that never experienced the life-sustaining comfort and nourishment of mother’s milk. How do you think a baby would react to seeing a bare breast or two on the screen? Lodge a self-righteous report with the religious police... or gurgle with happiness?

All it takes is a bit of common sense and reason. There’s nothing shameful about our bodies. Fat or sinewy, hairy or baby-smooth, the body is our sovereign domain, our physical home. Naked or adorned with sparkling gems, bodies are magnificent by divine design. Everybody loves being naked. In the bathroom or the bedroom, being naked means you’re enjoying a hot shower or some hot sex. Or maybe you’re just relishing a good poop or your private space after a marathon immersion in public affairs. What’s so scandalous about that?

We live in the hot and humid tropics. The sort of place where clothing is merely a fashionable option. You won’t find too many nudist colonies in Alaska or Tibet. Arab women have traditionally had to cover up to protect themselves from desert sandstorms, camel farts (possibly radioactive since Gulf Wars I and II) and temperature extremes. Were it not for fear of their control-freak husbands, don’t you think they would celebrate being in their own skins if they were magically transported to a balmy beach in the South Seas? Talk about “inappropriate attire”... being wrapped in thick cloth from head to toe on a sweltering day in the city sounds like a portable sauna to me. But to each his or her own - I’m happy in my sarong and flip-flops.

I have to be honest with myself. I love looking at beauty, and women are embodiments of the Great Goddess, deserving of admiration, love and respect. If a naked woman walked past me in the street, I would certainly turn my head for a second look. And I’d feel absolutely no guilt or shame about doing so. Nor would I - uncontrollably overcome by animal lust - drag her by the hair off to my cave and show her my etchings. Unless, of course, she handed me a perfumed note with precisely such a request. Even so, I’d rather she walk back to my cave on her own two feet than drag her all the way. I have a different concept of exercise.

Immaturity has its place, I grant that. However, let it not be exalted as the arbiter of our behavior and our moral code. There’s no immorality in portraying the human form in various stages of dress or undress in the adult cinema. What’s truly immoral is imposing on others our own limitations and limiting beliefs. Do we really value the grotesque hypocrisy censorship encourages? Are we to blinker our cinematic vision (like the proverbial katak under a tempurung) in a knee-jerk reaction to the poisonous outpourings of a pusillanimous prude?

Sincerely,
Antares
Kuala Kubu Baru
27 April 2006

Thursday, January 11, 2007

DEAR SAM


Dear Sam,

Your message comes as no surprise. I have long been disenchanted with the activities of the UN. Indeed, just thinking about ALL human institutions - from religions to governments to universities, corporations and militaries - makes my soul feel depleted and weary. Obviously, my soul sees right through the BIG LIE that these institutions are established to serve humanity... yeah, maybe they do serve human energy as FOOD for astral predators!

And just as obviously, LATERAL action against these cynical and corrupt institutions will do little to change the equation of imbalance and injustice. Which is why PETITIONING governments for reforms is, at best, only a stop-gap measure; it merely creates an illusion that one is "doing something worthwhile" with one's life.

It's not my intention to devalue the ultimate usefulness of your campaigning, but I would like to present you with a different perspective, trusting that you will be receptive.

Our parents - and their parents, and their parents' parents, going all the way back thousands of generations - did what they believed was best for their children. They worked and saved and sent their kids to school and to college, hoping the next generation would secure respectable jobs and earn decent wages, and live comfortable and safe lives. What was missing from their worldview?

They had no time, so preoccupied were they with the "struggle for survival," to stop and ponder what existence was about, and why things were the way they appear to be, with so much to be desired in terms of fairness and satisfaction and fulfilment. And so each generation passed on to the next the erroneous belief that LIFE IS A STRUGGLE - IT'S A "JUNGLE" OUT THERE - DOG EAT DOG - SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST - LIFE IS ENDLESS COMPETITION AND THE WINNER TAKES ALL - ALL MEN MAY BE BROTHERS BUT WHEN IT COMES TO GOLD, TRUST NOBODY! Exactly the misguided values that have brought about so much inequality and distress and suffering among us, and engendered so much hypocrisy and lip-service to higher ideals and humanitarian virtues.

Do you get what I'm saying?

Well, in so "managing" their lives, generation after generation, our ancestors neglected to CONSCIOUSLY EVOLVE AS SENTIENT BEINGS. They were created and programmed to be workers and slaves - and it was accepted and understood that those among them with extraordinary intelligence and skill would be promoted to the Executive Class and, ultimately, if they were lucky enough to marry a princess, perhaps even be permitted entry into the rarefied ranks of the Ruling Elite.

Most humans have no quarrel with the Status Quo - until they find their personal progress thwarted or disrupted. Whether through racial prejudice, unjust laws and policies, or through wars that do not concern them but impact massively on their routine existence and overall well-being. In effect, the majority of humans are PASSIVE CONSUMERS OF REALITY. We do not accept RESPONSIBILITY for our EXPERIENCE OF THE WORLD - preferring to find SCAPEGOATS upon which to project our anger and resentment.

Those Dirty Niggers are to blame for the high crime rate! Those Money-Grubbing Slant Eyes take away all the jobs from our children! Those Capitalist Fat Cats have stolen everything from under our feet! The Fucking Reptiles have screwed up our evolutionary program!

Of course, any sort of action taken to address these issues ultimately leads to a power confrontation. As Jim Morrison sang: "They have the guns/But we have the numbers/The Old get older/And the young get stronger/Gonna make it, baby/In our prime/C'mon, baby, we're taking over!" That was the political anthem of the 1960s generation, and it was also mine for many decades. But today the ones who were buying The Doors records are in their late 50s - and many are CEOs of big companies, much too comfortable to be talking "revolution" and going out in the street to be maced, bludgeoned, and shot with rubber bullets.

What happened with the French and American and Russian and Maoist Revolutions? The Who sang: "Meet the new boss/Same as the old boss!" That's right, Animal Farm, folks! George Orwell, whose books are widely quoted as warnings against totalitarianism, was himself a secret policeman working with MI6 during WWII and in the early years of the Cold War. Some analysts say he wrote Animal Farm as counterpropaganda against Bolshevism, and that the Big Pigs were caricatures of Lenin and Trotsky (interesting that Leon had such a porcine surname! :-).

I'm not saying there's NO HOPE OF REAL CHANGE. There's lots of hope - but REAL CHANGE COMES FROM WITHIN! And how does one trigger such change in others? One effects the changes within oneself - and that naturally changes the radioactive biofield around one's being, which then subtly influences other energy fields to shift internally.

In other words, instead of admonishing others to become more honest, one simply embodies more honesty, thereby anchoring the potential for honesty in the collective psyche. You may think this is wishy-washy wishful thinking, Sam, but I assure you it will prove a million times more powerful as a catalyst for positive change than all the placard waving and slogan chanting you may do, even if you can get 10,000,000 people to join you.

Having said all that, I am not antagonistic to political action, as such. Indeed, I'm always heartened to hear that millions are out protesting W or the WTO - it's dramatic and colorful and exciting to see the masses mobilized. Nevertheless, the adrenaline rush of street politicking wears off quickly and people like to return to their routine reality. And that's why the Establishment usually rides out these swells of public protest, and then brazenly proceeds with its nefarious Agenda, regardless.

In the end, it's probably necessary for change to occur INTERNALLY as well as EXTERNALLY - and I feel the inner transformations must and do precede the outer ones.

Thank you for listening to my viewpoint.

Your friend,
Antares
~^@^~

www.magickriver.net


43_truth263@unhcr.umacr.net wrote:

This message is about Human beings, Democracy, UNHCR, Refugees, The Iraqis, Islam, Kurds, Human rights, Respect, Money, Donations, Angelina Jolie, Pavarotti, Giorgio Armani, Donors, Peace, History, Campaigns and about you if you care about these words.

Hi there,

I am SAM, an Iraqi refugee living in Lebanon at the moment; I have spent the last 10 years of my life as a refugee registered with the UNHCR in Beirut. The last 4 years, I have spent as an activist for peace and human rights (especially refugees and asylum seekers) on the Internet; I'm also books author and ebooks publisher. I have launched many campaigns to improve our situation as refugees in Lebanon and hopefully bring more understanding to our problems worldwide. I helped make many changes and improvements at the UNHCR office in Beirut; I used the Internet as the field for my activities (you can read more about that in my free ebook 'MY CAMPAIGNS'). All my ebooks are free and could be download from my sites.

This is my newest campaign, it's about the illegal and humiliating actions of the UNHCR, who using photos of refugees as banners and human-buttons to collect money. This is an abuse of the dignity and humanity of the refugees and must stop immediately and a clear public apology present by The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. My friends, I am talking about the pictures you can see here:
http://Arts.net4free.org/un77

Where you can read the rest of this message as web page.

For more info about UNHCR and life of refugees you can read my free ebooks. I invite you as fellow humans and members of the world community to support my campaign by reading my article on my site and see the human-buttons. The campaign is to support and improve the UNHCR http://www.unhcr.ch especially after the last scandals in the UN and UNHCR, just for example:

The refugees allege that UNHCR staff is selling most of the food items they are supposed to be supplied.
"They aren't supplying sufficient food to us because they sell most of the food items," they allege: http://allafrica.com/stories/200503140214.html
Here is another example: Burmese Refugees Withdraw Protest Against UNHCR http://www.mizzima.com/archives/news-in-2005/news-in-april/12-April05-22.htm
Together we will build better world.

You could reach me fast via this form: http://www.unhcr.us/email_me.htm and if you like to know more about me, you can google for my name 'osam altaee'.

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Sunday, January 7, 2007

THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL


The root of all evil isn't MONEY, contrary to popular belief. It's JEALOUSY. How so? Consider the greatest of all possible evils - MONOTHEISM - as expressed in the utterly psychotic statement: "Thou shalt have no other gods before me, for I am a jealous god." You may substitute "goddess" for "god" and the results are equally abysmal.

Just ask yourself this: if you were indeed the One and Only Deity in Existence, would you be constantly looking over your shoulder in anticipation of rivals or threats to your Absolute Status? In Barbara Hand Clow's nebulous tome, The Pleiadian Agenda, I was struck by a powerful quote attributed to the Prophet Isaiah: "Monotheism breeds fanatical anthropocentrism, which eventually destroys Earth." How absolutely and tragically true.


Such a jealous, spiteful, insecure, and vengeful deity can only engender generations of jealous, spiteful, insecure, and vengeful humans. The Old Testament records the first instance of murder in the story of Cain and Abel. The archetypal case of sibling rivalry wherein a deity plays favorites with two brothers over their ritual offerings and arouses a jealousy so intense it leads to fratricide. Fast forward to Abraham and his sister-wife Sara, whose greed and jealousy result in the unjust expulsion of Hagar, the servant who bore Abe his first-born son, Ishmael. Behold, the remote descendants of Ishmael (generically known as Arabs) to this day continue to be cruelly treated by the remote descendants of Sara's freak-birth progeny, Isaac (generically known as Jews)!


My wife of almost 12 years, Anoora, is a real cutie... except when possessed by the demon, Jealousy. This demon she inherited from her mother, whose emotional insecurity was pathological to the degree that it drove two previous husbands to drink, distraction and, eventually, divorce.

Jealousy is in itself a self-fulfilling prophecy, in that the person you proclaim to love - and whose exclusive devotion and sexual attention you demand - invariably begins contemplating the pleasures of strange flesh as soon as nagging suspicion begins to rear its ugly, deformed head.

I can happily swear eternal allegiance, affection, and friendship to anybody who has won my heart... but to insist on exclusivity seems to me the epitome of insanity. Imagine vowing to eat at only one restaurant your entire life. That's an insult to FOOD!

The crux of the problem is that monotheistic religions have programmed their followers into believing there is only ONE way to be married, and only ONE interpretation of wedded bliss - and that's MONOGAMY!

My own parents were married for more than 60 years... but Dad probably had that many lovers on the side (and Mum quite a few too, though far more discreetly)... and most folks do indulge in a fair amount of "illicit" (read "unlicenced") sex, only problem being they have to be hypocritical and sneaky about their behavior - instead of being good-humored, honest, and open-hearted about their own testosteronal or pheromonal propensities. Of all the women I've known, perhaps only two or three were virgins before they met me - but I've certainly loved and cherished the others no less, and enjoyed them all the more for their sexual experience and emotional maturity.


I'm convinced that if POLYAMORY was included as another way to explore LOVE and HARMONY, the world would blossom into a spiritually wholesome and truth-valuing place - where deceit, hypocrisy, guilt, and vindictiveness cannot flourish, and destructive jealousy will be seen for what it is: an emotional disease!

As I embark on my 57th solar orbit, I feel sufficiently seasoned to declare myself a pantheistic pansexual. That's right, folks: everything and everybody is actually quite edible if your perception is pristinely unclouded.

POLYAMORY: Evolution or Decadence