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What’s So Special About July 16th?

Crikey! I Never Realised!

Maybe certain days have relevance above their station and mere numerical nomenclature?  Who knows.  So read on.  See what happened today!

622 AD  – The Hijra of Muhammad

The Name Muhammad written in Classic Calligraphy

The Name Muhammad written in Classic Calligraphy

Muhammad runs away from Mecca to escape persecution.  From this point forward, huge swathes of the globe took up Islam, Islamic empires spread across, Africa, Asia and half of Europe; the legacy of which self-evidently exists today.  Okay, there’s huge argument about this, but some people take this as the day.  Personally, I don’t know enough about it, but I need something to match the post’s title, and other writers do take this as the day.  Wikipedia says this, and who am I to argue?

The Muslim dates are in the Islamic calendar extended back in time. The Western dates are in the Julian calendar. The lunar year is about 300/309 solar year. The Hijra is celebrated annually on 8 Rabi’ I, about 66 days after 1 Muharram, the first day of the Muslim year. Many writers confuse the first day of the year of the Hijra with the Hijra itself, erroneously stating that the Hijra occurred on 1 Muharram AH 1 or 16 July 622.

All dates given above may have occurred about 89 days (three lunar months) earlier. The Muslim dates may be those recorded in the original Arabic calendar and their month names may not have been changed to account for the (probably three) intercalary months inserted during the next nine years until intercalary months were prohibited during the year of Muhammad’s last Hajj (AH 10).

1260 AD – Nichiren Expounds “On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land”

Nichiren statue in Japan

Nichiren statue in Japan

Speaking to 13th century feudal Japan, Nichiren the monk said that the calamities and disasters befalling the people were all due to incorrect lifestyles.  He insisted that all people were equal and free, that they should pay heed to people who were obviously skilled in their chosen field, and that they should do their best in the limited lifetime available.

Largely, he was ignored, and so half the country starved because of self-interest and malice.

And this is exactly the place where we find ourselves now across the globe.  We live on a world of limited resource, where many people choose to live their life by stealing from others, either as individuals or nations.  Nichiren’s words have as much relevance now as they ever did.  Here’s part of the writing:

I have pondered the matter carefully with what limited resources I possess, and have looked a little at the scriptures for an answer. The people of today all turn their backs upon what is right; to a person, they give their allegiance to evil. This is the reason that the benevolent deities have abandoned the nation and departed together, that sages leave and do not return. And in their stead devils and demons come, and disasters and calamities occur. I cannot keep silent on this matter. I cannot suppress my fears. – WND, page 7, “On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land”

Daisaku Ikeda has some similar words about today;  he says:

The powerful may appear great, but in reality they are not.  Greatest of all are the ordinary people.  If those in power lead lives of idle luxury it is because the people are silent.  We have to speak out.  With impassioned words, we need to resolutely attack abuses of power that cause people suffering.  This is fighting on the side of justice.  It is wrong to remain silent when  confronting injustice.  Doing so is tantamount to supporting and condoning evil.

I’ve quoted the above as a direct statement to those companies like Pacific Webworks, people like Jesse Willms and the misguided people of Utah who have misinterpreted their US constitution of freedom and capitalism as a freedom to steal from the needy as a means of amassing capital, all hiding under the umbrella “that it’s god’s work”.  If capitalism doesn’t serve the people, then it has no purpose.

Nichiren’s Buddhism is now growing at a phenomenal rate.  The time of change is now.

1918 AD –  Tzar Nicholas II of Russia and his family are killed by a Bolshevik firing squad at Ekaterinburg, Siberia.

Tsar Nicholas II and Family

Tsar Nicholas II and Family

One of the final acts of the Russian revolution occurred with the attempted elimination of all of the monarchy and any aspirants thereto.  This act changed history for the 20th century, it’s consequences evident even now by a powerful Russian people, proud of their history, somewhat ambivalent about the exact direction that leadership and authority should take.

On the night of 16/17 July 1918, the royal family was awakened around 2:00 am, told to dress, and led down into a half-basement room at the back of the Ipatiev house; the pretext for this move was the family’s safety – that anti-Bolshevik forces were approaching Ekaterinberg, and the house might be fired upon.

The executioners drew revolvers and the shooting began. Nicholas was the first to die; Yurovsky shot him multiple times in the head and chest. Anastasia, Tatiana, Olga, and Maria survived the first hail of bullets; the sisters were wearing over 1.3 kilograms of diamonds and precious gems sewn into their clothing, which provided some initial protection from the bullets and bayonets. They were stabbed with bayonets and then shot at close range in the head.

1945 AD – The world’s first atomic weapon is Exploded

Trinity Goes Boom

Trinity Goes Boom

Trinity, the first bomb is tested by the US at Alamogordo Air Base in Los Alamos, New Mexico.  Within a month, two more bombs had been dropped on Japan, effectively ending World War 2.  We, especially in the West, are living this legacy still.  It can be argued that the threat of total devastation (the theory of MAD) has made nations with the bomb more proactive in reasoned discussion and less likely to take arms against each other.  The converse is that the weapons will one day be used again and it’ll be the end of the world as we know it…

Tyger, tyger, burning bright

Tyger, tyger, burning bright

Unlike Oppenheimer, who had his own bit of Indian prose in mind, whenever I see the Trinity picture I hear William Blake.  It’s a beautiful picture, just as the bomb goes off.  What fearful symmetry?  In that split second, we see all that was and all that will be.

Tyger, tyger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

1969 AD – Man on The Moon

Apollo11 Launch

Apollo11 Launch

On this day, mankind set off to stand on a different celestial body.  Four days later, we’d done it.

Less than four centuries earlier, over much of our planet, you could be burned or stoned to death for even suggesting that the possibility existed that a “creation of god” could be imperfect or blemished, like the moon is.

Such is the progress we’ve made, yet even now, such events are like a dream within a dream.   The misogynist, nationalist, creationist forces are at work, attempting to roll back the clock to a time when they ruled the roost, and their hypocritical word was god .

But for now, we can say that men bravely stood on the Moon.

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Two Pots, Two Kettles, Both Black

Two items in the news concurrently today, and when I saw them, for each one the phrase that popped into my head was;

@Amazon@AmazonWell that’s the Pot calling the Kettle Black!

Firstly: The Pope warns of the Misuse of Religion

Here, the pope has made a speech in an Amman mosque, and yes, it’s all in the title really… he argued that religion was a force for good, but its “manipulation” caused divisions and even violence.

The trouble is that both he, his position, his catholic religion, the Christian religion of which it’s part and the religion of Islam to whom he was speaking – they’ve all got ‘form’ as Sergeant lewis would say.  (see news here.)

Secondly: Russia warns against ‘Adventures’

At the May parade commemorating the Russian victory (or more correctly, Stalin’s victory) over Nazi Germany, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev has issued a stern warning to any countries considering what he called “military adventures”.

Yay Dmitri.  Like the Pope, Lewis would say that you (both yourself, your current government and your Russian state) have both recent and historical ‘form’ in this matter of invasion. (see news article here)

Conclusion

As with everything, it’s the old story of power and control.  The fact that various adjectives over the ages are used to describe power and control, e.g. religion & ideology, is immaterial.  It all boils down to power and control, specifically so that those in charge of the ‘religion’ or ‘ideology’ can have a comfortable life living off the efforts of others, acquiring possessions, status and better mating potential.

And if you are going to pull me up on the last bit and the Pope, then don’t.

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Pirate’s Revenge

It’s funny how things change and how the world has different perceptions of a people.  You see, people have long memories.

Somali Pirates Vow Revenge on U.S., France on Rescues – is the news currently.  Also, the Somalis have taken pot-shots at a US politician in Mogadishu according to Voice of America.

Maersk AlabamaThis all flies in the wake of the piratic capture of the container vessel, Maersk Alabama (ironically delivering aid to Somalia) and the subsequent events which included quick thinking and stellar bravery all round.

@AmazonThe trouble is that it was a US crew, and their Navy shot some pirates.  Deeply doubly worse though, is that these events have gone on for so long now, (starting well back in the Bush era), and any decent control has been woefully inadequate.  The pirates have now literally amassed a pirate’s ransom and can afford a huge arsenal, and also have become exceedingly cock-sure and confident about their own capabilities.

Even worse, these are the same peoples who booted the USA ignominiously out of Somali way back in 1993.  People have long memories.  In their mind, they see the USA as an aggressive yet defeatable opponent.  And because of years of Western vacillation over the problem, they now have a decent technological and military capability.

Pity the poor 290 hostages still in Somalia!

Contrast this to last November or January.

In November, a few Royal Navy Marines in rubber dingies countered a pirate threat and killed some pirates – no threats of revenge.  See Rubber Dingies beat Flying Metal in War on Pirates

In January some pirates drowned following the Sirius Star event (later ransomed for $3m, most getting soggy) – no threats of revenge.  See  Not all Pirates Win, but Most Do!

Conclusion

This is obviously an on-going tale.  But if people had done the right thing years ago, this could all have been avoided.

The sea people of Somalia have turned to piracy because they had no money and are destined to live in a virtual desert.  Ineffectual self-government, a civil war, mad Arab rabble-rousers, famine, disease, foreign invasion.     They’ve had the lot.

All the people actually needed was a bit of cash, a bit of food, a bit of hope and a bit of a future.  For the cost of a small ship spent 10 years ago when they were being ignored, things could have been so much better now.

What Should we Have Done?

Across the world, there’s a set of universal laws that people of all cultures recognise.  Piracy and hostage taking is obviously ‘a bad thing’ no matter who or where you are.

  • This should have been nipped in the bud at it’s very first breakout.
  • Money and other resources and help should have been immediately pumped into the area to better people’s lives.

That’s all. Nothing fancy.

People all over the world recognise right from wrong.  They also recognise when they are being abused and forgotten.  Many years of this leads them never to forget – and that’s the ridiculous situation in which we find ourselves today.

It’s another chickens coming home to roost scenario.

What Will Happen Now?

Well what I hope won’t happen, is that the full might of weaponry isn’t let loose again.  The Somalis and the Americans must both be seen not to lose face, and the 290 hostages …?  I hate to say it, but it’s not good.

I won’t even think of the term ‘collateral damage’, so the Somalis must be made an offer that they can’t possibly refuse in return for leaving the high seas fee for passage.  It’s not a promise of money that’s important – it’s more that they must be shown a vision of a demonstrably better future.  If you need help wondering what that means – then just put yourself in their shoes.

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Response to Joint statement by Gordon Brown and Kevin Rudd

I subscribe to news from No10.gov.uk to get the latest view of events and policies from the highest elected position in the land!  In this post from the PM’s office, is a joint statement from our own and the Australian Prime Minister.

My interest is piqued by the numerical incidence of the two words “peace” and “security“.

In Nichiren Daishonin’s epic treatise, On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land, these are the statistical incidences of the two words:

  • Peace (or peaceful) = 7 times
  • Security = 3 times

In the statement from the two Prime Ministers we have the incidences as follows:

  • Peace (or peaceful) = 2 times
  • Security = 54 times

What this means is that the single thing that pre-occupies their minds above all else, (even more than “economic” which only occurs 6 times! ) is security.   It’s as if security is the be-all and end-all of everything.

Lotus FlowerBut that’s the wrong approach.  Peace should be at the forefront of their minds if they really care about the “security” of their citizens (or subjects in my case).  Security should be but a temporary tool in the quest for peace not a thing in itself.  That’s why, in his treatise, Nichiren stresses peace more often than security even though he recognised the need for both with the impending Mongol invasion imminent ( it was written in 1260!).

If we search and strive for peace, with peace always at the front of our thoughts, the world will surely turn that way.  If all we do is think in a paranoid manner about security, then the world will surely turn that way.

And so it has.  The UK and Australia are mired in long-term conflicts with no end unless a peaceful solution is sought. They were lured by bad words and advice from America.

But the UK has already successfully trodden the peace path with Northern Ireland on it’s doorstep.  Historically, enhanced security in Northern Ireland did nothing to improve people’s lives for 3 decades and bring them peace.  It was only the mindset of peace that brought peace by getting dialogue between the parties.

This mindset of peace should be evident in this joint Prime Minister’s statement, but sadly it’s not.  The dialog is about enhancing the warlike alliances that already exist, not about finding peaceful solutions to the world’s problems.  It’s about using “technology” and “security” as a magic pill to ease all aches, not grabbing the nettle of discourse with an enemy.   That’s why we are where we are.

Significantly, the No10 website is made with WordPress, like this one.  I use the “tag” feature as does the PM’s site.  It’s supposed to be used like a keyword sort-of-thing.  Check the tags at the bottom of the post.

Peace is not a tag.  But security is.

Say no more.

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Nazis in Somerset

Actually, I don’t count Redhill as part of Somerset – it’s really part of Bristol, with all that entails…

Family flee neo-Nazi rally Nazi comments caught on camera

When I saw the headlines last night, I thought, “surely some exaggeration”.  Well apparently not!  Hordes of Nazi types really did descend on a skanky motel-ish camping-type pub near Bristol airport over the weekend.  The Bungalow at Redhill played host to a world invasion supposedly celebrating the death of some person who died in a car crash in the early nineties.

This guy, SlackBastard, (in Oz I think because he has a lot of Aussie related stories), nevertheless is on the ball when it comes to events in sunny Somerset.  His posting early today, Blood & Honour 2008 ISD gig : Red Hill, Somerset is spot on with his analysis of the denial that the owner, Anne Carter, has over any possible nefarious activities.

Unfortunately for her, she condemns herself from her very lips.  In the video she expresses dismay and confusion that anything improper had happened, while nearby neighbours, doing what everyone does nowadays, videoed the lot!

Anne Carter’s words saying she never saw any Nazi regalia means that she was either dead drunk in the cellar, or is registered blind, or is a liar.

I suggest that the next such B&H/ISD gathering will be beside another rural airport as the logistical co-incidence behind the group’s chosen site is too great.  Here’s where the pub is next to Bristol Airport.

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SlackBastard shows no fear and seems to relish the stream of vindictive comments that arrive on his doorstep. Fair play mate. Keep it up!

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