Friday, December 28, 2007

Reflections on This Week.... 12.28.07


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The past two days have been heartrending and soulbending.....The Bhutto Nightmare is more than historic Event, it is in so many ways a Setback for the Hope for Peace, Hope for Democracy....Hope for a Woman of Substance to be empowered along with the people she Championed, the impoverished, the women, Children and Students. Take this weekend, find your Compass in all of this, and tend your Soul.

Do what you need to do to sooth and mend your spirit. We have a long year of Battles ahead.. We Need to be Strong and Wise. In ancient Sanskrit there is a word that represents Wisdom Through Pain, it is called Prannya, it is considered a spiritual gift. It is a gift that we need to hold dear, as we honor Madame Bhutto's Death and her life as a great Mother and Believer in Democracy.

For me, that means soaking.....Water is what heals, what grounds me. But all of us need to treasure and give to ourselves to find what heals us.

May we learn and grow from this week, and may we grow Stronger .....Together.

*{REMINDER: updates on the Bhutto Murder are on the post below,Please read and comment there, and please email me if you need to enigma4ever@earthlink.net}*

14 comments:

PYZO said...

We're born - we die. That is the cycle of life.

Benazir left the stage early. Hers was a turbulent, troubled life and death always hovered in the wings.

Vale!

enigma4ever said...

And sometimes People need time to grieve and truly acknowledge the loss of someone that represented Hope and Change.....for if we do not grieve, we do not grow, or get stronger or become wise.....


Pyzo- you mention the cycle of life, yet you forgot a part...the part in between...The Living....

When we grieve we honor the the Life of a person.....

Naj said...

I am sad Bhutto's assassinated.
Championing women, poor, disenfranchised???!

uhm ...

I would be careful getting sensational about any aristocrat enjoying the goodies of Harvard and Oxford, going on self-exile, returning to create more chaos in an already volatile country ...

Oh she is immortalized now in history, and I wish something good will come out of this for Pakistan, something other than idolizing another one of the upper class (I hear Bhutto's 20 years old niece is also playing politics) and remaining the colonial sheep, ruled not by the brits directly, but by the pupils of the British schools of thought and business!

Let's not forget why this "goddess" was toppled not just once but twice before, and let's think WHO is going to EXACTLY benefit from the mess Pakistan is in. This assassination was not directed "by" musharraf as Miss Bhutto thought, but directed "AT" Musharraf. Miss Bhutto herself was a pawn of the dangerous chess game america is playing in Pakistan. I smell CIA (aka al-quaeda) in this ... and the assault is on Pakistan and Musharraf ... god help us all, with the kind of monsters America is nurturing now in Pakistan!

TomCat said...

Who benefited? Musharraf, al Queda, Bush and the GOP.

enigma4ever said...

NAJ : First off it is good to see you, I guess you are back in the States....welcome.

This post is Not about Bhutto, it is about being able to grieve and process her brutal Murder ...hopefully in a small way heal. But since you wrote here I will respond to your comment here. Please do read the Real post I wrote below about her , and her death. It is not "sensational" , it is merely the facts of a bloody murder of a woman trying to bring Change to her Country. And I have to warn you, that you are getting a long response....I did not appreciate your attitude here.It is one thing to be judgemental and
another to have a difference of opinion. But she was just murdered, and people's emotions are still raw, you might want to remember that next time you leave such a negative comment.

Also I highly reccomend her books, and you will learn another side of her, that I don't think you are aware of....or had considered.

(1) True she was and is well educated, but she did use her educationt to study politics and foriegn policy, which considering her father was killed for being a political leader, was quite a path to choose as a young girl. She even wrote her first book on these issues as a college student.

( Now if she had behaved like a drunken frat boy , you and I would be having a whole different discussion).

(2) As a Muslim Woman, she did indeed offer Hope millions of Women and yes, the poor in her country and abroad. WHY? because she remembered as a woman and a mother that ALL People deserve to be a part of the Country and not to be Invisible to the Governing Powers.

(3) Did she come from a family of money and power, and "privelege", it depends on how one looks at it, her family was truly crucified for their power and charisma, and politically targeted, perhaps because they were embraced and that threatened other powers. But even though she came from wealth she never forgot that not all people are wealthy or empowered. Her Books also clearly outline that she did indeed understand the intricate complicated horrendous politics in her region.....even Tribal issues...as well as Risks.....

If she was coward, she could have turned and left this life behind...

(4) No one called her a "goddess", I and others are grieving to see a Woman, a Mother, that tried to make a Difference cut down in her prime in such a violent manner....and I am sad that you are so harsh, so critical, after she was just murdered in such a way...NO ONE deserves to DIE or Be Murdered for wanting BETTER for their country...NO One should die for Trying to Bring Change...No One should die for trying to have some Courage against horrendous odds.

(5) "Her 20 year old niece is PLAYING politics" you say, well, what a negative way to put something good.....True other members of her family are still interested in Politics, that is not for any of us to judge .....as a Woman that is her choice...bless her for even comtemplating it. Just for the record, I don't think there is ANYTHING "Playful" about people that pursue politics....it is never a game...when people's lives are involved.

(6) About her Exile- she went as she had already dealt with the Corrupt government before- she was imprisoned and placed in solitary confinement for over 7 years after the death of her father, her husband was imprisoned and beaten for eight, while she served her country. Maybe her Exile was about trying to choose a path and raise three small children...Maybe she was trying to choose her course and plan what to do, She lost her father, and two brothers to this Country's Corrupt Regimes...(and yes, I think the Corruption charges that were NEVER made Public with Data were trumped up....) I don't believe someone that lost so much trying to serve her country should be judged for taking a break, and yes, sadly Exile was really her only option.

(7) I too truly hope that something "good" comes for Pakistan, but with the present Mushi regime and being so perversly propped by Bushco, I worry, it is a volatile situation that deserves careful monitoring and much education and also a change of attitude by many, MORE need to educate themselves on the Tribal Politics of this Region...

Please know I wrote this to you because your comment was in many ways insensitve at this time, so I have tried to educate you on WHY I respected this woman so much.....because she deserved it.

TOM: my real post about her and her death is below...and yes, there are Certain People that have indeed gained from her death....sadly...

an average patriot said...

enigma
Democracy was her goal not musharraf's. If democracy was his goal he would have had security for her.
His interests had her killled. Al Qaeda like it is here is merely one of the tools used to follow the agenda.
The Government's line was sickening to hear even by today's low standards. Pakistan will blow and nothing will prevent that. Bush will have his excuse too to hold on to power. I won't get carried away so I better stop. Namaste!

Naj said...

Enigma, first of all I have to admit that I didn't like my own comment either; not for the reasons that you responded to, although I respect your emotional response. Rather, I hated my comment because of its lack of courtesy, to first wish you happy holidays and to say hello and things like that.

As I said, I am very sad Bhutto's killed; I am sad when ANY political activist is assassinated, even if it were Dick Cheney!!!

What I have an issue with, however, is de imposed definition of "democracy" in the oriental world! Complex issue and in the spirit of holidays, let's just wish Pakistan well! I tend to be suspicious of American's good will when it comes to talking about "democracy" for the rest of the world, they are easily manipulated, the Americans I mean! sorry to have expressed my opinion in its most raw form, I needed to have used finness, but let's blame it on jet lag! :)

enigma4ever said...

Patriot: I realize that Mushi was not thrilled about her return or her desire to truly create a democracy....and that he is not a leader and that democracy is the last thing he wants...

NaJ: Actually my response to you was not "emotional", it was just setting some facts straight- if anything it was respectful that this is a Difficult issue, at a difficult time.

And actually you never in the comment above even acknowledged her death or murder or sadness that you speak of.

And then you go on to now be critical that I am not allowed as an American to speak of Democracy...Excuse me, but what the heck- that is not Jet Lag- I don't know what it is....I am not a DC Insider or some kind of American Politico Tool, I am a Mom and a nurse, and yeah , taxpaying citizen who knows Damn Well that Bushco BROKE our Democracy and shredded Our Constitution- How dare you Lump me with the DC Criminals- Why are you being soooooo Judgemental- I am a Mom voicing my Opinions and Thoughts about My Country and World Events- I have NEVER said I am Proud of Bushco and what they have done- far from it....I am ashamed of our Broken Government....BUT I am NOT part of it.....And I know ALL about HOW Broken it is.....in ways that you can not even imagine......

I reccomend that you and Patriot again read WHAT this post was about ....it was about trying to help people grieve...it was not supposed to be a Politcal Debate....it was a Post about trying to help People HEAL.....

If you both want to have Big Politcal Intellectual Debates go have them on your OWN blogs- I was trying to Do Something Nice for the Readers here, MANY that are Grieving the Loss of a Good Woman....

Bustednuckles said...

"In ancient Sanskrit there is a word that represents Wisdom Through Pain, it is called Prannya, it is considered a spiritual gift."

Blues singers must be extra special.
With this gift hopefully comes empathy and a sense of of humanity.

enigma4ever said...

BustedKnuckles: Ahhhhh, you nailed it....my grandmother used to say that there was a special place in heaven for Blue Singers ( and I used to listen to Billie Holiday with her...and we would share the Kleenex...) but you are right that empathy is what is the greatest gift....thanks for coming by tonight..I am adding you to the Blogroll...

Bustednuckles said...

Thank you, I have already reciprocated and look forward to stopping by again.

Naj said...

Enigma, read my first coimment again, please: "I'm sad Bhutto's assassinated"!

Secondly, yes I stick to my opinion, Americans who by and large (as evidenced by their politicians) have VERY little understanding of other cultures and the complexity of issues in other societies, should refrain from imposing "their type of democracy" for the rest of the world.

western democracy works for western societies; and anyone who tries to force an American or French version of it in Iraq, Pakistan, Russia, Iran, Afghanistan, China and etc, FAILS, as EVIDENCED BY HISTORY!

And last, I apologize I commented on the wrong post. For me, the death of a political figure doesn't inspire spirituality, MOSTLY because teh tragedy of assassination WHITE-WASHES the rest of the politician's deeds! This is a general rule.

Assassins often do great UNJUSTICE to their cause, by eternalizing the subject of their crime into figures of martyrdom!

enigma4ever said...

Busted Knuckles: wonderful to meet you.

Naj:
Do Read the top Post- it explains the Purpose of MY blog and what and WHY I write. You are Way OUT of line here......you are welcome to email me offline BUT these attacks have to stop.

I meant what I said, this was a post about greiving, instead you want some kind of verbal battle, take it to your own blog, I don't want battles here, I never did. I said over and over what the purpose of THIS POST was, and my blog- and you keep coming back and attacking me as a person trying to pay tribute to the death of a woman trying to help her country, and because you refuse to allow me to pay tribute or comfort those spiritually that are grieving , I even posted my email address so that we could quietly discuss this offline- but you seem to want to pick a fight and attack me in front of everyone....Odd, because when I met you you were wrestling with trolls and rude people on your own blog- I guess you learned little from that experience.

Finally quit generalizing and attacking me as an American, I have studied and embraced mamy cultures and peoples from all around the world. As a Nurse and a Healer, I take that part of myself very seriously, it is a part of WHO I am.Even while acknowledging that America's GOVT is Flawed and Wrong on many accounts. And as a woman that is trying to write and encourage Humanity and Soul Searching .......this blog is about encouraging people to look into their hearts, even while being ruled by Fear and Hate Mongers. You look foolish attacking me, when anyone who has read this blog for 3 years will tell you , that I have NEVER defended the actions of this Bush Regime or this govt.

But most of all you detract from the conversation of the WHAT I posted on, it was about allowing to people to grieve, and express sorrow and try to
heal.

I asked politely that you stop this, and I pointed out that you are welcome to have these type of battles over at your OWN blog- BUT NOT HERE. It is not fair to people that come here for sanctuary from this kind of battling, it is not fair to me, I have been really clear about WHAT my blog is and WHO I am, and WHY I write, and WHAT my goals are.

You may email me offline, but this discussion is over, and it was last night. You have disrespected me and the purpose of my blog.

To my readers here I apologize for this battle, I did my best to settle these troubled waters and to end it.

enigma4ever said...

"It is not our differences that divide us. It is our Inability to recognize , accept, and alleviate those differences."

Audre Lorde