Power Is Within But for the Outside

No one likes the weak. It doesn’t mean the weak is despised or hated. But whatever is given to a weak can be anything but not admiration or love of attachment. We are kind to the weak, charitable, sympathetic, or supportive, only. Realize: the weak is a burden. It’s thus okay to feel weak from time to time, but never dump your weakness for a period that you make burden on those around you. Be prudent in how much weakness to show, when, and for how long.

But from where Power comes? Definitely, many things bring it: authority of a position, fame, intelligence, money… If you enumerated all of the alike sources and reflected on them, you will find one thing they all lack in common: Self Perception. And what they all have in common? Volatility. All sources of power can be taken away: a position lost, health deteriorated, or money wasted.

You may be fortunate enough to possess one or many sources of power, but you may live weakly. Yes, you show up to office everyday with all that glory and strength in your face, lash out at people here and there, but deep inside, you are beaten. Self-Perception is not a replacement to sources of power or else it would be an illusion; if you are a street beggar and has self-perception of power, it just means you are high on something. The key is that no real power without power in yourself. And power of your self while could be tied to the existence of a source of power yet it survives beyond it when that source is gone. It becomes part of your identity. Just imagine yourself a world leader who fought for humanity in your term. After office term while you are sitting in your living room watching TV, you would still have this sense of power inside you preserved.

But power in yourself combined with one or more sources of power may also yield tyranny, evil, or self-interest. When you have high sense of authority or privilege, your abilities and confidence can lead you astray. That’s when your source of power and your self-perception of it must be directed to something outside you, something larger than you: people’s good, efficiency, a great product, or humanity.

That’s the triangle of strength: Source of Power, Self-Perception of it, and larger cause outside you. And remember, nobody likes the weak.

Philosophy of Living Statement on London’s Attack

Philosophy of Living blog and its editor condemn the act of terror recently happened in London; taking the stance that there is no reason whatsoever justifies the use of violence against peaceful people regardless their nationality, religion, or opinions. The principle behind that stance is not something unique to our blog as it’s compliant with the teaching of all religions, including El-Eslam, and the true principles of humanity.

We take the same occassion to remind good people to remain representing the good model and not to be unawaringly taken by the heat of emotion and mistakenly practice collective hatred as this would assimilate the good people with terrorists themselves, since terrorist acts are fueled by collective hatred as well. As terrorists have no justification to hate specific race and kill them, everyone has no justification to hate specific race and emotionally kill them by hatred and discrimination.

And down to facts, remember that El-Eslam is a 1400 year old religion which in its prosperity had utmost authority and control over all Middle East countries up to South Europe and stretching to China for entire 8 centries (800 years from the 6th to the 13th), building the largest and most sophisticated empire in the world. If violence and ethnic cleansing were part of its principles, no one of those nations would have been into existence at the moment. The fact that the diversity of civilizations, cultures, Christianity, and Judaism continue to exist everywhere in these areas is a vivid testmonial that El-Eslam is a peaceful living religion that promoted Muslims living side by side to Christians and Jews. And we recommend those who doubt that to get back to history and to understand the dynamics of the current situation. Otherwise, all statements would be considered racist and hatred-fueled; holding its beholder in no distinguishable stance from those of terrorists, whose acts are fueled by hatred as well.

On the other side, we take the same opportunity to call for the Muslim community to stop being apologetic and theoretical regarding the true principles of El-Eslam in response to the world’s reactive public opinion to every terrorist act and to instead focus more on being exemplary to their religion in their daily lives and on translating its principles into action: to develop and build themselves into successful nations and communities who contribute to the positive development of the world; in trade, in business, in manufacturing, and the sciences. Institutions and governments should deploy projects for ambitious people aimed at delivering tangible results in all fields. Individuals must become living examples to true principles and to make something for these principles by choosing even one action to accomplish. Communities in the Western world should unit and deploy real life projects in all areas of life.

Hatred is the main characteristic of Terrorists. Don’t be one of them…