Une Bloguese engagée – One blog that has touched me sincerely


BEIRUT, Lebanon — Fighting between Syrian insurgents and government forces in Aleppo left one of the Middle East’s most storied mosques severely damaged on Wednesday, its soaring minaret toppled by explosives. Each side accused the other of responsibility for the destruction at the Umayyad Mosque in Aleppo’s walled ancient city, a Unesco World Heritage site.
BEIRUT, Lebanon — Fighting between Syrian insurgents and government forces in Aleppo left one of the Middle East’s most storied mosques severely damaged on Wednesday, its soaring minaret toppled by explosives. Each side accused the other of responsibility for the destruction at the Umayyad Mosque in Aleppo’s walled ancient city, a Unesco World Heritage site.

Anyone who has been in a relationship knows that even if you tell someone the truth, how you tell it could  have major ramifications. What we choose to leave out what we choose to say can many times reveal things about how we actually feel about things. This is the reason why deconstruction was so earth shattering when I got into Derrida. Actually I cut class to read Derrida  that how serious it was.

Why am I writing this

The reason I bring this up is the news. The news is  a product; 95% of the news companies and outlets are owned by 5 major companies. As we have seen with the bombings in Boston and with drumming of war supports the media plays a large role in shaping w2hat we imagine to be true.  People are reduced to shockingly incomplete stereotypes  and while the truth of certain events are told they are told in such a way as to bias the listener to accept certain conclusion that they might not so readily accept.

I have found in my life that travelings outside of my comfort zone and talking to people who I normally don’t get the opportunity have totally changed my outlook on life. The internet for me allows me to interact with people I would not have had the chance to.  One interaction that has touched me sincerely has been reading the blog of LevantWoman.

Levant Woman

To cut to the chase she is a blogger from Syria. The situation in Syria has really  been heart breaking to read, there are real human beings like you or eye suffering every day and yet nothing seems to be happening  to help the situation along. I don’t know what to believe when I read the newspapers or I hear the different political analyses. But I know the suffering is real. Many of us complain about our jobs, about our spouses and about a seemingly endless number of things, which is expected we are human beings but I wonder about how conscious we are  of the suffering of another.

We like to think that we are discrete nations in this world, we like to quickly pass judgement and find someone to blame. If something has happened somewhere else beyond our borders its not our problem although history shows us again and again that what affects one of us affects all of us. What is happening in Syria is affecting or will affect all of us. How it will affect us remains to seen. But there are other stories more important now that get the magazines and newspapers sold.  Syria is not at the front of our minds

Read this

I have taken this from the about page of LevantWoman

Once up on a time in a kingdom fa.. Oh sorry not in a kingdom , in some kind of republic or an ex-republic there lived a princes.. oh sorry just a normal girl like any one you may ever knew ..

She had few things to love, her beloved one , friends, her sisters, some oil paintings, and her voice since she used to sing every time she was nervous or unhappy. Those little things were all she got and she really was happy to get all she ever wanted. Now that everything has changed .. she lost her beloved one in the war, she doesn’t sing anymore or have any passion to draw again. This is a try .. a last try for her to survive the war

I invite everyone to read her latest post:  Im Syrian, I got used to it . I really felt that I needed to read this post when I read it after class tonight. Habibi (That is the only thing I remember from the brief study of Arabic I did a while back) responded to my post: MrMary On Blogging: What Would You Do if Your Blog Got Famous ? and said:

if the blog got famous then I’ll have a bigger motivation to go on.. I’ll write about things that no camera will see.. I will start a series of stories from the war ..When will I stop..maybe when the war is over

I really do hope her blog gets famous, I hope she continues to write and gives us a window into something real and I hope maybe one day I can visit Syria one day see the tomb of Ibn arabi  and talk with some stranger about Wahdjat al Wujud, maybe I’ll play the daf a bit. Maybe hear a reading of Adonis, see the traces of a culture that goes as far back as 2000 BCE

that’s it

Dave

Once up on a time in a kingdom fa.. Oh sorry not in a kingdom , in some kind of republic or an ex-republic there lived a princes.. oh sorry just a normal girl like any one you may ever knew ..

She had few things to love, her beloved one , friends, her sisters, some oil paintings, and her voice since she used to sing every time she was nervous or unhappy. Those little things were all she got and she really was happy to get all she ever wanted.

Now that everything has changed .. she lost her beloved one in the war, she doesn’t sing anymore or have any passion to draw again.

This is a try .. a last try for her to survive the war

11 thoughts on “Une Bloguese engagée – One blog that has touched me sincerely

  1. Great Job supporting a Great Cause, Dave.

    One of the reasons why I can’t stand western civilization is, because we’re so caught up in small issues. Of course, some of them are worth fighting for, but we need to get our priorities straight.

    Let’s start with Eastern Europe, which is right around the corner for me. Women are picked off the street at random, drugged and thrown in a disgusting basement to be used for pleasure by the highest (Western) bidder. All the places we call vacation-spots are in on it and work together with the mafia and even send all the customers outside (except for that one girl) and lock the doors, to see how far they can push her. Like she’s a toy.

    Where you and I thought we were cool when we smoked a joint or drank a beer when we were fifteen, in Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey, children raised that standard to cocaine and heroin.

    The further you go east, the more disgusting and terrifying the issues get.

    Gypsy’s standing outside, begging for money, with a sleeping baby – only the baby isn’t asleep, it’s drugged, because otherwise it would interfere with the begging process.

    Woman selling their babies for 50 euro to prostitution.

    Chinese mobsters crippling babies, let them grow up disformed, only to throw them out on the street to beg FOR THEM.

    Woman getting stoned for looking at another man.

    And so on, and so on.

    And we are whining about “I Need A Hero” t-shirts. I’m not saying that those t-shirts are okay, but seriously, get your priorities straight. Those t-shirts aren’t the cause of innocent women and children dying everyday.

    I’m sure no newspaper in Syria wasted one word on those t-shirts.

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    1. Yeah Daan

      It makes me sad to see how much suffering and misery is happening in the world and how much of it could be prevented if people consciously chose to open their eyes to it. Everyone loves the iPHONE or other technology and chooses instead to ignore the child labour that produces it. The attitude that I will only worry about something when it affects me really is a great detriment to the advance of mankind as a whole in conjunction with the planet.It is pretty sad and confusing I don’t really understand it too much

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  2. Oh Dave,,
    My heart just breaks for this girl and for the people over there. I have been watching the going on’s on tv over there. I just don’t understand why the governments around the world are letting this go on and not interveening.
    I will definately, be going over to read and sent her my support!

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    1. You’re all kinds of awesome. I don’t understand why governments around the world are not really doing something about this. It a but shameful actually. Beyond the jokes I always sensed what a kind person you were 🙂 and its nice to see it showcased in your comment thanks

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  3. I think I’m a person who cries too much, I may cry for a scene in a movie, or for a masterpiece of music, Or when I read such a post :’) .. That was touching specially that I don’t try to read that part “Why write” in my blog .. You are invited to Syria when all this craziness becomes a past to remember. luckily there are still places to see, I hope they’ll survive 🙂
    that was like a fresh air , Thank you

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    1. Mon Amie,

      The Words of Mevlana (Rumi) come to mind

      Move beyond any attachment to names.
      Every war and every conflict
      between human beings has happened
      because of some disagreement about
      names.

      It’s such an unnecessary foolishness,
      because just beyond the arguing there’s
      a long table of companionship, set and
      waiting for us to sit down.

      it is my hope that one day when all has fighting and noise has stopped that we could sit at that table and chit chat, maybe eat some lebne and pita. I just hope that even though the world’s governments don’t seem to care that they are not representative of all the people around the world that keep you in our thoughts

      Dave/Daud 🙂

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