Jordan can be a target for Gay pilgrimage


Tourism is one of the major sectors the goverment of Jordan is concentrating on in order to help the devlopment of the economy in this country. A country that has very few natural resources, and where it’s main asset lies in it is people.

Same-sex tourism is booming around the world. Nearly 10% of the world revenue from tourism is gerenated through same-sex couples tourism which according to researchers spend more than the usual tourist because they have more disposal income at their hands due to their lack of support for children.

Israel, our neighnour Jews state, realizing the amount of money this sector can generate (especially through Europiean gay couples), and despite the laws against same-sex practices in the Torah, is planning to turn its capital Tel Aviv into the gay capital of the world .

Sadom and Gomorrah, the two cities which were burnt into aches as mentioned in the old testament due to the sins of its people which Jews and Christian scholars interpreted it to be same-sex practices, lies in Jordan.

Due to the rise in human rights awarness, the scientific proof that homosexuality is not a mental disease, and the increased acceptance of gay people around the world. Some of Christian scholars in the US are going back to those bible versus and re-interpret them. The sin that caused the burn of the two cities seem to be a group rape – not same-sex practices.

I leave the interprtation of the versus to religious scholars. What I am presenting here is an idea to revive those burnt cities.

It might be a shocking idea to many religious people who reject same-sex practices, but I believe that if we managed to implement it, it can bring much income to our country where everyone would benefit from.

The idea is to re-represent the two cities that were once the reason of condemnation for gay people among the world in a new light. A light of forgiveness and acceptance. A light of a globally agreed human rights laws. Those cities can serve as a memorial for all the gay people who were condemened before becaus of others mis-interpretation to the bible versus. Those cities can serve as a magnet point to attract many gay people around the world to the very first place where they were mentioned and condemned.

We can add some religious dimensions to what we have and end up in a yearly gay pilgrimage to those cities.

Pilgrimage for religious reasons is a strong magnet of attraction to people around the world. In Saudia Arabia it is the second largest source of income, it generates approximatly $10 billion annually.

Is it a weired idea to the people of Jordan? Yes.
Is it hard to implement due to the social and moral constraints of our society? Yes.

But I believe that we have an ace here. An idea that can generate millions. It can be our own oil. what we really need to push our economy and raise our living standand.

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Envying old people


What a wonderful weekend! Me and my friend had a special offer at Kempinski hotel Dead Sea. The hotel is amazing, very luxurious with a sense of modern spa combined with an old Iraqi civilization theme.

The best part is that I was able to RELAX!

After a long week working, banging my head with various stuff, I was able to free it completely and enjoy my time laying under the sun.

On Sunday morning while having my breakfast with my friend. An old lady sitting beside of us caught my attention.

So I suddenly said: You know what? I envy old people.

My friend look at me wondering where this came from, so I continued trying to explain the odd thing I just have said: I envy old people because other people don’t expect them to work hard. In the contrary when ever an old man/woman wanted to do something, other people would ask them not to tire themselves! They ask them to RELAX! Something that I can’t get enough from!

He shook hid head in disbelieve and said: How lazy are you looking forward to get old just to have the right to relax?!

I laughed and tried to explain myself in a tricky way: Actually I am just trying to look at the bright side of getting old.

He rolled his eyes and said: Alright, as if I believe you!

Adam and Eve: Challenging God?


The old story says that God punished Adam and Eve for disobeying him, threw them out of heavens, and cursed them for a painful life on earth. It goes on to explain that our life on earth is just another test where people who do good would be granted heaven when they die, and those who do bad would end up in hell.

While a lot of people take this story literally, a lot of others try to extract more meanings out of it and build a better perspective out of its morals.

Paulo Coelho, being the spiritual inducer-writer with the power to inspire millions of people around the world, has the same effect on me like he has on those millions.

Realizing before the morals behind the story of Jacob and his wrestling with God (check – Challenging God is valid? post) and connecting it with the story of Adam and Eve forced me to wonder if there is a hidden lesson that we are not aware of. Was the story really about disobeying God, or was it meant to be another form of teaching us to challenge him?

Was God really mad on Adam and Eve for disobeying him like Genesis describes? Or he has set the whole scene and implanted temptation in us in order to break the rules that ground our growth?

Genesis says that it is the tree of Good and Evil. The snake said that if they ate from that tree, they would become like God (knowing the difference between good and evil) – aka growing up from the state they were in of not knowing the difference.

I believe it is a path set by God for enlightenment.

Did Adam and Eve really get punished? or they have been set – by a master plan – on their first step of enlightenment.

No pain no gain – A simple rule that is applied nearly on every aspect of our lives. Those who work hard, get the benefit of their work. God cursed Adam to get his food by tiresome and sweat. Eve was cursed to gain motherhood with pain.

Have you ever asked yourself why those who have endured more pain in their lives seem to have a better insight and perspective of it? Why do rich people who made their money out of hard work appreciate it more than those who got their money the easy way? Why do people who get their success with hard work enjoy its pleasure better than those who win by chance? Why doesn’t achievement sound like achievement if it didn’t require a long painful process?

My little niece gets sick with every single teeth she gets. I remember my little brother falling again and again in his process of learning to walk. I remember the early morning wake ups at the tawjihi days I had in order to study and get the grade I wanted to have. I push iron hard in the gym with pain and sweat in order to grow up my muscles. I run and run in exhaustion in order to loose fat.

No pain no gain. Simple as that.

And what is the most painful inducer on humanity?

Isn’t it death?

Why death? Is it a punishment of God? Is God heartless to subject us to this horror?

Or is it the main motivator for us to grow?

Would humanity achieve this much if there isn’t death?

In AL Zahir (One of Paulo’s books) a character said that he respects human beings for being the only ones in the universe are aware of their short span of life and yet they work as if they are living for eternity.

God didn’t punish us to death. He did set us with the best motivator to grow. Adam and Eve didn’t disobey him. They have perfectly abide with his master plan to set us on the path of enlightenment.

No pain no gain and challenging God is valid. We are created to grow. Don’t limit your own growth. Work hard, open your mind and your heart and enjoy the pleasure of growing.

My Mother Palestine is dying


It is saddening me
It hurts me like it has always does
It hurts me to see you struggling with your pain
It hurts me to see you struggling with your wounds

Those wounds that are getting bigger every day
and more painful every minute

Like any other helpless son
Watching his mother struggling with her pain for ages
On TV, radio stations and newspapers
In School, history, and current affairs books
I created a self-protection mechanism
I closed my eyes
I closed my eyes and my ears
I closed my whole senses
I wanted to feel numb

Thinking that if I don’t feel your pain
It would fade away
Knowing that if I can’t heal your pain
I should live with it
Convincing myself that a mother’s happiness
Is built on her children’s happiness

And so
Whenever I heard your scream, I became deaf
Whenever I saw your blood, I became blind
I felt selfish
Trying to live my life while my mother and brothers are struggling
Trying to live the life you sacrificed to grant me

You sacrificed when you let me go
When you let me go along with half of your children
You gave us to adoption in order to live
You wanted to protect us from your pain
Your pain that surrounded my lefted brothers

My brothers who were born in pain
Your pain
My brothers who were born in a culture of honor and pride
Your disgraced honor
and Your destroyed pride
My brothers who as kids, were asked to be soldiers
Soldiers who fight tanks with stones
Soldiers who were fed up with pain, anger and hatred

They believed that revenge would only save your pain
They didn’t know that their suffering is what causes you more pain
They didn’t know that their wounds are your wounds
They didn’t know that a child’s tear is worse on a mother than her own rape

They believed that death and destruction is their way to free you
They became blind
Blind with hatred and power plays
They wanted to dominate each other
And claim the honor of your defense

Those men in teenage hormones and brains
Instead of healing your pain
They inflict more
By fighting each other
By killing each other
By stapping you in your heart
The heart that is only still going by the hope of a better life for your kids

Mother
I haven’t ever met you
I haven’t even fed up your milk
But I have been injected with your love
I appreciate your sacrifice
and I feel your love

I imagine your youth
I imagine your health
I imagine you smile

I wish I can see you again in your wedding dress
I wish I can see you putting make-up
and walking in a high heel
I wish I can see you living
Like any other modern mother

Mother,
I apologize
I apologize for our ignorance
I apologize in the name of my brothers
Trying to take revenge
We ended up hurting you the most

Killing each other is the last nail in your coffin

I scream here to wake them up
I scream here with an attempt to do something
To do something to save you
At least from dying by your son’s hands
I scream in dispair
for my brothers to hear me

STOP IT
STOP IT Brothers

What is harsher? reality or imagination?


Back to the infinity bug and being in a philosophical mood. Realizing that everything can have two sides: being infinite and finite at the same time. Knowing that I can address the infinit aspect of my own imagination. I decided to share it with you. I am sure that some of it may have crossed your mind before. Maybe you can share your own imagination about the world and infinity with us as well.

Building worlds inside our heads make me wonder. What if our whole universe in just a thought in someone other one’s head else head? What if that one is in a coma in a hospital where our whole world would vanish the minute he wakes up?

Playing video games, and seeing characters’ births and deaths make me wonder. What if our world is a game that started with pushing a button in a consol and would end when the person playing it get bored and switch it off.

What if our world is a video tape? Everything is connected sequentially. I believe that there are no real choices in life. What is going to happen is going to happen no matter how many times you forward or rewind that video tape. Maybe our souls are just audiance that are allowed to watch a tiny part of this video tape that forms our lives.

What if everything around me is fake? Me being in a reality simulation test where each one of the people I know is just a constructed character to serve the purpose of that test. After all, we are feel that our lives revolve around us. If I close my input device, I end up with myself, and my world of imagination that most probably differ from what is really going around me.

What if I am the one dreaming? What if I suddenly wake up and realize that I am still a little kid? or I am an old man remembering his life story? or living another one’s life in my own imagination.

What if the world is exactly what it seems to be? A meaningless matter without a real soul. An evolution prcess sparkling an intelligent machine that would vanish the time it worn out, and let me die like I have never existed.

What is harsher? reality or imagination? Does faith spare us from this pain?

I will leave you to think, and decide…

My 10 simple pleasures


RedRose has tagged me to list 10 of my simple pleasures in life. Thank you RedRose for the tag.

When I think about simple pleasures, it strikes me to figure out that the most pleasuring things in life are physical, like eating, sleeping, and having sex, but I will try here to list a personalised version of my pleasures. There will be no order based on the most pleasuring.

1. Listening to Elissa’s songs: Elissa is my favourite singer. I just can’t fed up of listening to her music, since her first song “Baddi Doob” and till now, I have love each single of her. She just bothers me with one thing – She comes up with a new album every two years instead of every one year like some other singers! And her video clips aren’t always nice!

2. Playing video games: I love video games since the days of Atari. I remember how many hours I used to spend playing Sonic on Sega, and how much I love Tomb Ridger on Playsation. God of War is my favourite on PS2. I can’t wait to get my next generation consol! Games make me excited! I just don’t have enough time for it!

3. Reading: I have only started reading 2 years ago. I instantly realized that I have missed a lot. There is nothing that can match the pleasure of knowledge. In the last couple of weeks I got hooked to Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. It was an amazing journey.

4. Watching The bold and the beautiful – something I am not proud to admit (lol) – But since my last year at school where everyone used to watch this show, I got addicted. I fall in love with Brooke logan. At University, I used not to miss a single episode. Now I can only watch it of Fridays and holidays because I work till 6 and they show it at 4 on Israel channel 2.

5. Big Mac: Food is one of the most pleasurable things in life. I actually love any fast food offering! But I guess Big Mac would win my number one favourite burger. Zinger supreme comes close second!

6. Swimming: When I go to the beach or the pool, I can’t get out of water. I love pushing my head in and our of water. It is a very nice feeling.

7. Sleeping: I guess you all know how lazy I am. I won’t bother spending the whole weekend in bed! Usually when I get back from work (if I don’t have gym that day) I sleep from 6-8, then go out, and then sleep again at 11! I love it!

8. Blogging: I love the interaction between me and other people that blogging gives me. I love sharing my ideas and getting feedbacks. I love reading other people’s opinions. And I love the blogging-Friendship I built with many.

9. Drawing: It is one thing that I love doing when I have some extra time. It is a great pleasure to see the final version of your painting and realize that you are the one who actually did it.

10. Sex: and I won’t comment.

Now it’s your turn to share your simple pleasures…
Devil’s Mind and Tala I tag you.

List 10 simple pleasures and the rules are as follows:

a. You have to use the picture in my post.
b. You have to list exactly 10 points.
c. You have to tag 3 bloggers when you are done.

Sadees: 8 days week


Two days weekend is just not enough for me. I don’t think it is enough for people to relax enough from a long week of work so that they can go back feeling fresh and energetic on the next week after the weekend.

Having long weekends from time to time is a proof of how much value a third day added to the weekend can add to our lives.

Thinking about it, it is kind of stretch for us to ask for a 3 off work days vs 4 working days per week. Our week is only 7 days. Having nearly half of it off means a lot of waste in our work force and slippage in economic terms.

What would be the solution to this problem?

I suggest adding another day to the week. Making our week 8 days instead of 7 days. This way we keep our working days to 5 and at the same time can make our weekend days 3. Win-Win situation?

But we have a problem here.

We can’t change the number of days per year because it is subjected to the earth’s movement around the sun, but we can change the number of days per month and add the 4 extra days in each month. That would be extra 44 days per year. Which forces us to remove the last month of the year and make our year 11 months instead of 12.

But doing this (44 extra days – 31 days of December) we would end up with 13 extra days. So instead of adding 4 days to each months, we can add just 3. (13 (extra days) – 11 (one day per month)), we end up with 2 extra days. I suggest to deduct them from the end of the year and add to November just 1 day instead of 3.

That would make January 34, Feb 31, March 34, April 33, May 34, June 33, July 34, August 33, September 34, October 33, November 31.

New day’s name

What would we name the extra new day? and where should it be added?

In Arabic, I don’t think that we have a problem as we name the days based on numbers. I suggest adding it as a 6th day, after Thursday (Al Khamees) and before Friday (AL Joma3a). It is very easy to name it “Sadees” perfectly suits it.

In English, they seem to name their days after Anglo-Saxon deities. But I suggest to name this extra day “Sexday. It is the sixth day and can easily pronounced as sex-th day without much trouble. People would celebrate the beginning of their long weekends by having sex at the night of their sexday.

Benefits

In addition to having an extra day per week for family, fun and relaxation, here we can unite the 3 major religions of the world. Friday is sacred to Muslims, Saturday is sacred to Jews and Sunday is sacred to Christians. All would be happy having those 3 days off.

Those who need some extra money, can take one or two of those days and do a part time jobs.

What do you think guys?