The New Wave

Secular democracy, the way to go.

America fought for secular democracy against the communist Russians for years. It then went all out against religious ‘dictatorships’ in almost half of the Muslim world. The recently passed ‘Women Protection Bill’ is considered a step forward in this war against anything-not-secular. Secularism is good. It is wholesome. It caters for everyone. It does not discriminate on religion. There are no ‘dhimmis’ (‘dhimmis’ are non-Muslims in a Muslim state, who are to pay a certain tax, as an alternative to Zakat, which all Muslims pay to the state). And there are no ‘gentiles’ (non-jews from a Jewish perspective). All is good. All is fair. Justice prevails, as one sees in the States. You will get full rights, no matter who you are. There will be a balance between your gods and everyone else’s. And one can see the passion of spreading Secularism. Passionate. Fair. Balanced. Like Fox News*.

Our society is a far cry from Justice. From the grassroots level of civil courts, to the high and mighty of Mr 10 percents, what we as a society are looking for – whether we know it or not – is a New Wave. Something that will wash away the shit. And leave ‘the good’ behind. Clean, squeaky clean with the new-car-smell perhaps.

What I am looking for is The New Wave. A massive reform. Revolution or evolution, I don’t really care. I think you shouldn’t too. Tolerance, ethics, honesty, faith, unity, discipline, knowledge, almost in the same order.

I tend to think Secularism is good. But I also tend to think that there is something far better out there. No one I know or have read or have heard has been able to put that ‘something’ in simple, understandable words. But I just know it. A sorta’ fix-it-all for our collective existence.

This post marks the start of that search.

So as a start: Secularism, should we or shouldn’t we?

*I will still respect you if you believe in something that I detest, I will still respect you if you don’t believe in the One God that I believe in, I will still respect you if you don’t believe in any god. But Fox News? Guys, c’mon. Those who think Fox News to be worthy, should not be allowed to speak. Or act. Breathing is allowed only if you ensure to buy and release 100 ounces of oxygen in the atmosphere for every breath you take, every move you make (insert Police’s ‘every breath you take‘ here).

3 Comments so far

  1. sheepoo (unregistered) on November 25th, 2006 @ 9:07 pm

    Are you in Pakistan or in US? Anyone who has lived in a secular society knows that there are ‘monstorous’ downsides to a secular soceity, as there are to an Orthodoxy. One example:same-sex marriage. Secular Soceites are giving a nod to having same sex marriages (Canada and some Eurpoean countries). They base it on the same principle outlined above: everyone is ‘equal’ (and not defining what equal means). This is just one example of the bad side of secularism (You can find bad examples of Orthodoxy in Pakistan :) ).
    I think that answer to your search is the ‘middle approach’ and that is why Quran calls true muslims ‘Ummat-e-Wust’

    Just my 2 cents!

  2. Sa'ad (unregistered) on November 25th, 2006 @ 10:28 pm

    BRAIN FREEZE!!!!!!! Thats what happens every time i start my revolution. That feeling you get when you eat icecream and it touches the upper part of your mouth. There is just so much shit over in PK that it might take more than a revolution. Maybe a time machine may solve the problems. We are only a little over 50 years old nation. Thats more like a preteen in human terms. Right now, we are just becoming a teenager and our hormones are kicking in. We are still trying to find out identity even though we think we have figured out ourselves. We are trying new things and experimenting with different ideas the result of which maulana sahibs are calling ‘a free sex society’.

  3. Momekh (unregistered) on November 27th, 2006 @ 10:37 am

    hmmm, interesting thoughts from the two folks above.
    thank you.
    And starting a revolution can not be a goal in itself, now can it? :) … let’s set things right, that should be the ‘manifesto’ sorta speakin’

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