(I always misspell that word! Sorry.)
Greets, Faisal, thanks for your thoughtful reply, and more so for not hating me for being less-than-supportive of the religion you were born into.
I’ll include your (somewhat edited) replies in italics, just in case you forgot what you said, uh, five minutes ago. Here goes..
Thing about Free Speech, to me, is this: You can do whatever you want with only your conscience to guide you. If your conscience is clear, alrighty then. Understandably, this doesn’t mean everyone will support or agree with your opinion, but Free Speech is ABSOLUTE. Same goes for Freedom of Religion. Finally (yeah, sorry for the length of this thing), I wish to mention two things:
Well.. not to bring up one of those hypothetical situations that makes people wonder if you’re actually 4-years-old under a twenty-something exterior, but.. what about insane people? Or sociopaths? Where should the line be drawn? I could kill my boss, frame my least favorite coworker for it, steal 12 women’s husbands (and their mistresses, for good measure) and walk off with the Hope Diamond and, theoretically, think nothing amiss.
Also, this ‘let your conscience be your guide’ philosophy is alarmingly reminiscent of Aleistar Crowley, a fake magician who said “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law,” as well as the Wiccan Rede, which states “An it harm none, do as thou wilt.”
Well, I have news for you, I would LOVE to do what I wanted! You have no idea how much mischief I have left in my bones! But more on that in a sec.
1. I would be foolish to claim that my Islamic up-bringing would not make me more biased (or more likely to feel the urge to defend my official faith) towards Islam when it comes to discussions and arguments… though, er, “supernatural being” knows I try!
Hah, amusing, that last.. 🙂
2. I think that if you do “good things” (you figure out what they are) and don’t do “bad things” (you figure them out too) then you will, if such a place exists and I’m not going to think about it, go to a “good place”. If it turns out that the whole thing was a hoax, then at least you did good things in “life” on Earth.
Well, Faisal, that sounds lovely, only if everyone figures out their own “good things” and “bad things,” then we’re going to have a big fat problem on our hands, because human nature isn’t exactly angelic to begin with. Christianity aside, the nature of a human is to take what he can get, to seek his own.. er, I’ve forgotten the word in English. To seek masla7to ya3ni.
So the first problem with your second point–to my mind, anyhow–is that a subjective world will soon be a dead world, because nearly no-one will behave in the best interest of others, if he doesn’t have to. I know for a fact that I would be drinking, smoking, clubbing, going around with all sorts of men, getting revenge on my meaner-than-mean co-workers, lying to my heart’s content, not caring about those less fortunate than myself, yadda yadda. Maybe you aren’t as naughty as I am (in heart ya3ni) or maybe you think that my list of sins is more wussy than you care to mention, but whatever.
The second problem with point 2 is that, well, being as flawed as we are in nature, we can never expect God, the only Holy being anywhere, to be able to even look at us, as steeped in filth and sin as we are. (Always assuming you believe in God, but I seem to remember that you don’t, so let’s make it the generalizable “you”.) Point being, imperfect sinners need a bridge to God.
So, even if the whole thing was a hoax and we ended up being “good” on earth, this doesn’t mean we’re home free, because what if Christianity is true, and we DO need that bridge to God? (Meaning Jesus.) Even if we did “good” things (by anyone’s standards), we would still fall short of the glory of God, ‘miss the mark,’ as it were, and end up in hell.
Point being, if you REALLY and TRULY think that there’s nothing out there, then there should be nothing holding you back from truly doing whatever it is that you want to. And if you’re able to do those things, then you’re either a stronger and more courageous man than I (being unafraid of ‘what’s next,’ I mean), or my “I wish” list is more dorky than I gave it credit for.
Sorry for a long entry which probably didn’t add much in terms of substance.
Don’t say that, friend! These discussions are important, and I hope you’ll think about what I said inshallah. Can’t wait for the next round, and here’s hoping it’s twice as long as this reply was! Salaam and rabena ma3ak ya Faisal.. (and everyone else..)