Yeah. Modern technology vs ancient arts.That man must have spent his whole life honing his sword-buckling craft...only have his life and all those skills snuffed out by a 10/c bullet.Would have been more fun to see Mr Jones use his whip flipping skills, probably also perfected over his lifetime, to neutralize the enemy. That would have been more balanced, but wouldn't make for a good chortle in the cinemas, don't you think? Anyway. Could I indulge you in reproducing something someone sent me?Its humble message is most telling:Would You Permit Me?In a country where thinkers are assassinated, and writersare considered infidels and books are burnt. In societies that refuse the other, and force silence on mouths and thoughts forbidden, and to question is a sin, I must beg your pardon, would you permit me?Would you permit me to bring up my children as I want, andnot to dictate on me your whims and orders?Would you permit me to teach my children that the religionis first to God, and not for religious leaders or scholarsor people?Would you permit me to teach my little one that religion isabout good manners, good behaviour, good conduct, honestyand truthfulness, before I teach her with which foot toenter the bathroom or with which hand she should eat?Would you permit me to teach my daughter that God is aboutlove, and she can dialogue with Him and ask Himanything she wants, far away from the teachings of anyone?Would you permit me not to mention the torture of the graveto my children, who do not know about death yet?Would you permit me to teach my daughter the tenets of thereligion and its culture and manners, before I force on herthe 'Hijab' (the veil)?Would you permit me to tell my young son that hurtingpeople and degrading them because of their nationality,colour or religion, is considered a big sin by God?Would you permit me to tell my daughter to revising herhomework and paying attention to her learning is considered by God as more useful and important than learning by heart Ayahs from the Quran without knowing their meaning?Would you permit me to teach my son that following the footsteps of theHonourable Prophet begins with his honesty, loyalty and truthfulness, before his beard or how short his thobe (long shirt/dress) is?Would you permit me to tell my daughter that her Christian friend is not an infidel, and ask her not to cry fearing her friend will go to Hell?Would you permit me to argue, that God did not authorizeanyone on earth after the Prophet to speak in his name nordid he vest any powers in anyone to issue 'deeds offorgiveness' to people?Would you permit me to say, that God has forbidden killingthe human spirit, and who kills wrongly a human being is as if he killed all human kind, and no Moslem has the right to frighten another Moslem?Would you permit me to teach my children that God is greater, more just, and more merciful than all the (religious) scholars on earth combined? And that his standards are different from the standards of those tradingthe religion, and that his accountability is kinder and more merciful?Would you permit me?Nizar KabbaniSyrian Diplomat, Poet, WriterThanks a million.
This was my favourite scene in this movie! And, I SO get your point!!!!
Bojangles...DONE!Tqs for sharing that with us...
Hi HH,I only came across your blog last week or so - and greatly enjoyed your writings. Maybe because I am in your age-band and possibly infused with the same values in the days of old!Keep up the good work - I am a fan!
TomCat...same age band! We oldies have to stick together...I use to look distinguish with hair graying at my temples...now that it is all white...I am just old!