20.11.07

Lemme just say this.

I get annoyed when people try to adapt Islam to the current system of governance or economics. When people say Islam is a Democracy, I get pissed.

Islam is in my opinion a huge leap towards perfect government, it is by far the most difficult to apply, because it requires people to cooperate in everything from paying taxes and splitting up their money after death, to choices that people guard as too personal.

But it is not at all democratic. If all you choose to think about is who rules, then it is semi-democratic, but if you look at the overall principal, which is the people choosing the laws, making them and then revoking them, then Islam does not allow this.

Let us first look at the word "Democracy," the word "demos" is the first part of the word "demo-cracy", the second being "cratos," which means "power," that is "power of the people." In practice the latter was achieved by having each citizen represent ONLY himself. There were no representatives, senators, etc. The "trick" of representatives was contrived later by the Romans to marginalize the rabble, that is the "demos."

Islam does not want the people to choose for themselves, it has a set of laws already set up and doesn't recognize the role of people other than that of implementation.
θεοκρατία (theokratia) is what is Islam is, roughly meaning theocracy, which is the rule of God, not to be confused with the rhetoric of oppressive theocracy.

Tory democracy is
a political philosophy advocating preservation of established institutions and traditional principles combined with political democracy and a social and economic program designed to benefit the common man. This is closer to Islam.

14.11.07

Too much technology?

I am aware that I may sound like Justin Timberlake, in his horribly-worded-but-amazingly-addictive-sounding song "She wants it." I am afraid of the lack of low-tech in our life. I always believed technology can and does make our lives easier and more manageable. I have numerous friends I contact primarily through recent technology. But I am currently withdrawing. Because I could care less.

I am an early Internet user, I started with the advent of the Internet in the middle east, It was in the UAE, that was back in 1995, I have been with it, through the banner exchanges and the hit counters, the first cookies and MSIE 1.0 till youtube and Web 2.0, I was one of the first 500 users in the UAE and I am not bragging. I was 10 and I was spoiled, I remember when an engineer came to install "the Internet" from a floppy to my computer which had a state-of-the-art builtin 36,600 bits per second modem, I remember that he was (the technician) Indian with two or three fingers missing from his left hand. I was amazed by his proffesionalism and his non-condescending attitude, he showed me a couple of sites where i can download games but he also showed me how to d/c, write an email, then dial-up and send it. I even remember the pricing system.

I paid 100 AED (almost US$ 30) for the first 10 hours, and 10 AED for each hour after. I even had my own website at the age of 10, it was hosted by geocities in the "Enchanted Forest" section. I learned html, PHP, perl and many other languages and ways to improve my site, I also ventured in some profitable and some not-so-profitable businesses, I even might have committed electronic fraud, and may or may not have registered aajobs.com with a stolen credit card, my uncle hosted the site, and ran it for a long while afterwards, but that was in 1996, I was only 11.

So you can see that I am not a technophobe, in fact I might even be a technophile, but I am starting to regret it. Money permitting, I always bought the latest gadgets, and the best applications and the most advanced systems, but recently I feel burnt-out. Technology became a very fast and very demanding world.

A month ago, I had to open and read through a manual, I never did that, not for computers or gadgets, not for cellphones or cameras, but I had to do it for our washing machine, then I knew that sometime in the near or far future someone will tell me a techy acronym and I wont know what it is and I will fall behind. It is a scary thought given my past, but it is inevitable.