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Deepak Chopra Gets It Right

From today’s Huffington Post comes a very thoughtful piece by Deepak Chopra on the way our country perceives Islam. The poll numbers he cites are upsetting, to say the least.

But it his closing statement that gave me much to ponder today: “…emotions cannot be entirely separated from reason. So our duty isn’t to join right think — however abhorrent wrong think is — but to be self-aware and honest. Being able to hold mixed feelings at the same time is known as the capacity for ambivalence. Mature people have this ability; immature people don’t. Self-aware people speak openly about their ambivalence; people who prefer to be unconscious hide their prejudices until it is safe enough to haul them out. Which camp you belong to is your choice.”

From the book on Islam that Hesham A. Hassaballa co-authored, there is this line, describing Muhammad, “In the eyes of Muslims the Prophet’s life exemplifies a combination of qualities that include sanctity, wisdom, faith, integrity, strength, justice, generosity, magnanimity, nobility, humanity, and modesty.”

What are Americans so afraid of?


Comments on: "Deepak Chopra Gets It Right" (3)

  1. ~flowerchild~ said:

    Found this in the comments after Chopra’s piece:

    This is what a Sufi master, Ibn Arabi suggested in his poem below:

    My heart has become capable of every form:
    It is a pasture for gazelles,
    And a monastery for Christian monks,
    And a temple for idols,
    And the pilgrim to Ka’bah,
    And the tablets of the Torah,
    And the Book of the Qur’an.
    I follow the religion of Love:
    Whatever way Love’s camel takes,
    That is my religion and my faith.

    Whatever way Love’s camel takes,
    That is my religion and my faith.

    What are Americans afraid of?
    Mebbe it’s Love.

  2. thepeoplechoose said:

    Our entire country is going through a major struggle right now. As is correctly described it isn’t one of religion or anything we share. It’s the one within our own selves. For some this struggle is all but non existent. For others it’s an epic day-to-day battle. In each case though, we get to choose who wins this battle of our conscience. As goes this battle, so goes our country. One citizen at a time.

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