Deepak Chopra and Intent

Deepak Chopra and Intent


Do Words Cause Wars?

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Anti-Muslim speech has been curtailed in the U.S. since 9/11 so far as official channels go. Popular sentiment and right-wing radio are another matter. The Bush administration has been chastised for using terms like “war on terror” and “clash of civilizations” as code for an attack on Islam itself. The Obama administration has tried to erase those phrases. But words don’t cause wars, not directly. They reflect the consciousness of the speaker, which is a much more potent cause of conflict. By his relative silence, Feisal Abdul Rauf is following his long-avowed policy of not getting his hands dirtied with nasty politics. Yet many moderate Muslims have tried this tactic, only to find that they are leaving a vacuum that is quickly filled by extremist voices.
Like attracts like, and in the Muslim world the most powerful magnets are extreme. You are known by the company you keep — so the adage goes — but also by the words you share. When Sarah Palin tweets about stopping the “mosque at Ground Zero,” she knows who will take the bait. Most obviously, it will be her base, but she is also rousing the opposition, people who know that there is no mosque being planned and that the location of Rauf’s Islamic center isn’t at Ground Zero. Palin knows this too, but demagogues don’t bother with fact-checking. They want the war of words to continue. Their aberrations are deliberate and crude, mirroring the attitudes of xenophobia and intolerance that are part of their consciousness.
What is difficult here comes down to two things. The first seems hard enough: how to get moderate Muslims to begin to pull their weight against the jihadis. Al Qaeda stands for nothing that would build a future in any Arab country, but circumstances favor the irrational right now. Burgeoning birth rates, a surplus of unemployed young males, and a history of oppressive governments who ignore educational reform — these are familiar obstacles throughout the Arab world. As long as they exist, consciousness cannot rise. When the only book you know is the Koran and it is being interpreted by firebrands in the guise of holy clerics, your future is spelled out in ignorance and hatred of Islam’s enemies.
If the first obstacle seems daunting, the second is worse. Everyone is convinced by their own level of consciousness. How could it be different? You can’t look beyond your own mind, and for all of us, the most powerful beliefs that guide us are hidden; we inherited a vast amount of conditioning from the past that remains unexamined. To overcome the unconscious requires self-awareness. That’s the ultimate solution to the whole Mideast mess. Only if people become self-aware will they look at obvious facts in a new light. It’s obvious that Israel and Palestine must come to an accord that suits both sides. It’s obvious that oil-rich Arab countries could resolve the poverty on the West bank with a fraction of their yearly income. It’s obvious that Iraq and Iran are going to form a Shia alliance one day, that the Iranian bomb is a foregone conclusion, that despotic regimes in the Mideast cannot last forever — and on and on it goes.
If the West wants to end the war of words, we should seriously enjoin every Arab country to reform its educational system and move toward democracy. I’m not saying anything new. But by continuing the endless cycle of provocation that has marked Mideast history in the postwar era, both sides act as if consciousness-raising isn’t an issue. Actually, it’s the only issue if you want to go to the heart of a problem that desperately cries out for a solution.
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Tom Degan

posted August 28, 2010 at 6:49 am


It has always been easy to laugh at these people. Let’s face it; the extreme right wing is a satirist’s dream. But in the last year-and-a-half their message has gotten too strange to take with a mere grain of salt. Now they’re encouraging the citizenry to hate a certain minority based solely on their religion. Tell me, just what the hell does that remind you of?
Deutschland! Deutschland!
Uber Alles!
Ah! The memories!
And that message is resonating, too. On Tuesday evening some genius by the name of Michael Enright hailed a cab on East 24th Street. After a few minutes of amiable conversation he asked the driver if he was a Muslim. When the man answered in the affirmative, Enright produced a knife and proceeded to slash him about the face and shoulders. The victim, who is doing fine by the way, told the press, “This is the first time I felt like I didn’t belong in America.” The hysteria is palpable.
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Henrietta22

posted August 28, 2010 at 1:37 pm


Yes, words start wars. Words cause emotions, and when emotions aren’t tempered by patience, comprehension, and intelligence an argument will start and will keep rolling until there are more people involved and if continued a war will start. You can see this in families, groups of friends, and of course our country at this time of history. Witness Beck and company as I type standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Wash D.C. with his religiously politically-inspired copatriots speaking with him. His first words were “Our Country is about God”. The mass accepts this, and hasn’t got a clue that our Framers of our Constitution were all about freedom of religion for Americans, so they would not have the European laws that were mixed with Church and State. If these people were not schooled in the History of America, there might be some forgiveness for them, but otherwise they are lost to understand their own country, and anyone with charisma can lead them astray. Yes, Words do matter.



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KDF

posted August 28, 2010 at 3:09 pm


I don’t know how many times I need to repeat the message before it sinks into the thick skulls of Quislings– but my patience is spent with this lying and slandering media campaign.
This has NOTHING to do with intolerance of mosques and everything to do with the apartheid Islamo-supremacism of Cordoba House, in particular. Somehow, I think Deepak wouldn’t support KKK neo-pagans’ “right” to erect eternal Crann Tara monuments next to MLK memorials.
But when patriotic Americans object to stealth jihadists– and (yes) that accurately describes the Cordoba House cabal– opening a 9/11 snuff porn vendor emporium (and jihadi recruitment center) on the hallowed graves of Ground Zero– these Quisling hypocrits shriek with indignation about (alleged) “xenophobia!”
American Muslims may be the very soul of moderation. But I don’t think it’s unreasonable for Americans to ask for more from (allegedly) “peaceful” Cordoba House jihadists than insincere bromides and disingenuous whitewashing of uncomfortable elements of Islamic sharia law, as practiced by the Cordoba House cabal and their financial sponsors.
A genuine tiny minority of anti-jihadist Muslims may be found @ http://secularislam.org/
Americans remain breathless in anticipation of the sharia law vendors of Cordoba House supporting this genuinely tiny minority of their co-religionists– but don’t hold your breath.
Don’t be apologists for apartheid Islamo-supremacists of Cordoba House your whole lives, Quislings.



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Matthew 23:24

posted August 28, 2010 at 3:12 pm


Quislings in both parties (from Bloomberg to Obama) have inflamed this debate with words. Quislings have trotted out smears of patriotic Americans as racists, fascists, Islamophobes, xenophobes, Neanderthals– the whole Star Wars cantina of boogeymen and cranks standing opposed to poor, innocent Imam Rauf. *SOB*
Now they shriek full-throated about (*gasp*) “xenophobia!” Does that (alleged) “xenophobia” include Muslim-Americans opposed to sharia vendors of Cordoba House?
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/06/AR2010080603006.html
But when patriotic Americans object to stealth jihadists– and (yes) that accurately describes the Cordoba House cabal– opening a 9/11 snuff porn vendor emporium (and jihadi recruitment center) on the hallowed graves of Ground Zero– Leftist hypocrits shriek with indignation!
American Muslims may be the very soul of moderation. But I don’t think it’s unreasonable for Americans to ask for more from (allegedly) “peaceful” Cordoba House jihadists than insincere bromides and disingenuous whitewashing of uncomfortable elements of Islamic sharia law, as practiced by the Cordoba House cabal and their financial sponsors.
A genuine tiny minority of anti-jihadist Muslims may be found @ http://secularislam.org/
Americans remain breathless in anticipation of the sharia law vendors of Cordoba House supporting this genuinely tiny minority of their co-religionists– but don’t hold your breath. When will these Quislings support Secular Islam advocates’ right to live free from the sharia law intimidation of Cordoba House Islamo-supremacists?
Be advised these Cordoba House sharia-fascists have their eyes on your throat, too.
“Ye blind guides, that strain out the gnat, and swallow the camel!”
[Matthew 23:24]



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doris

posted August 30, 2010 at 11:01 am


if the mosque is not at ground 0 then where is it. if you do not know new york this is a very important question. i read your column everyday. and, i enjoy it. this is the first time i have commented on anything.
i was at ground 0 about 5 years ago. but i dont remember where the mosque really is. can u enlighten me.
thank you
dorislitz



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Mark Guttman

posted September 7, 2010 at 6:34 pm


Mr. Chopra has held more admiration and disgust than for any one single person in my own personal experience. He acts like a caring voice of reason, when my radar tells me his agenda is completely populist. His strategy has won him many followers and lots of capital. In this essay I am gladdened though by his more harsh look at islam in todays world. As a lefty I tend to want to make things nicer and more ideal than reality. Life has taught me that there are many facts about life which are ugly and brutal. Now this perpective can be overly negative when focused on and cause stress. But we hopefully get through the stress and really look at the big picture. This is a joy for those who like education. Unfortunataly I don’t think all etempts to educate people into a golden age will happen at this point. There are more illiterate and anti-intelectual people than ever. The salvation for the world does look bleak, but hope can and should spring eternal. We have our own communities to pray for at least.



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