Thursday, February 09, 2006

Movers And Shakers.

If you leave things to those who believe there's a proper, non-violent way of doing things, chances are nothing will ever get done. So far those who consider themselves well-read, intellectual, non-violent, peace-loving souls have not done anything except put in writing mostly in blogs, instead of letters to editors, their stance which, if you read carefully, is an attempt to show how sane and level-headed they are. Unlike the rest of the folks who take the protest to the street and get something moving like waking up the countries that re-published the cartoon under the disguise of freedom of expression to realise how much anger the cartoons have generated.

Do you honestly believe that Denmark will take the anger of the Muslim seriously if the protest is done in the form of a letter of complaint to the embassies or a couple of well-mannered letters to editors? It has to take something like a large-scale street protest for the message to be loud and clear. It has to be action-oriented. It takes courage, and guts. Unfortunately those who consider themselves 'intellectual' like to define this courage as stupid, irrational, a bad image for Islam. It depends on which side of the fence you look at the issue. If you are on the street, it is clear that those who are at home writing their opinion as if this is an intellectual issue are just cowards hiding behind something they unanimously agreed among themselves as the-right-thing-to-do. Of course it is, because you don't get hurt, you don't sweat, and it is more comfortable to be at home like a coward rather than being on the street with their less intellectual brothers and sisters who don't have much to say about this issue except to let the world see the anger.

One good thing about the intellectuals is, there are not too many of them. Allah don't make them too many or else nothing will ever get moving. During the early periods of Islam there were more action-oriented men and women than word-oriented cowards. That's why Islam spread fast and wide. You can't trust those who sit at home feeling level-headed and intellectual, man. If you trust them, nothing will ever get moving, or done. Oh well, leave them alone, they'd probably faint at the sight of a dead fly. Maybe they don't even have the courage to hurt a fly because they are so peace-loving, man. Like Ghandi. Or Buddha.

12 Comments:

Blogger Noni said...

Bergen, jom u and me start action. Shall I print banners?

12:21 PM  
Blogger anedra said...

Bergen, u shd take up Noni's offer. She'd be good at it. SHe's such a brutal mama. I would KNOW that having crossed her path a trillion years back!

Noni- jangan marah! haha! Hidup Tun Fatimah!!

1:04 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

I get the impression women have more guts than men in this country!

1:23 PM  
Blogger Noni said...

I love u too D, seb baik I dah kawin... kalu tak sure saham jatuh merudum.. cheh! maju TF untuk blogosphere...

1:46 PM  
Blogger ailin...in aalborg said...

It's not good to hate somebody. (And even if I did not live in Denmark, my opinion on this matter still would not change.)

6:07 PM  
Blogger dr in the house said...

Bergen- It's true! When you protest in the streets, the spirit is strong and genuine. And you convey your demands better that way. Am talking from experience. I once joined a street demo....remember '98??? hehe

12:44 AM  
Blogger FBT said...

I don't get this posting. Does this mean you will be joining a street demonstration or organising a street demonstration or have already taken part in a street demonstration on the subject?

Or is this a bitterly self-accusatory posting, because you are not actually taking any action, other than blogging about it?

Is violent action actually going to have the desired result - which presumably is for people to be more sensitive to other people's religious feelings? Or will it simply allow the original perpetrators to feel justified and to confirm them in their opinion that all Muslims are violent, bad-tempered, over-sensitive, irrational, barbaric etc etc

2:28 PM  
Blogger Sayuti said...

berapa kali kita selawat ke atas Nabi dalam satu hari?

Nabi kena baling najis, dia balas balik dengan apa?

Kadang2 kita lupa untuk berfikir tentang itu semua.

Lalu, benarkah kita benar2 cinta pada Nabi?

Kalau betul2 mahu protes, pergi Palestin jadi tentera intifada.

8:14 PM  
Blogger cid_2horn said...

Do you all want to know what Nabi saw did when people demean ALlah and him? Just go to Jihad Unspun and read " Do dogs have more love for the Prophet saw than Muslims?"

Abu Abdillah

8:09 PM  
Blogger Nurelhuda said...

ok Bergen I want to go out in the streets just so long as you are there in front ....

8:04 PM  
Blogger Boogey said...

I think you have pointed out an interesting point here. What can I say. There are passionate people, there are sempoi people or sepoi sepoi bahasa would be more correct. There are loud people who also talk aloud and there are cakap dalam hati simpan dalam hati silent people. Malaysians are the the sepoi sepoi bahasa simpan dalam hati type. After tak tahan lagi, then only we hold peaceful walks. We are the decent Gandhi type. When others shed blood for their rights and independence, we were quite submissive and even criticize as thoughtless the rebellion started by Mat Kilau and Datuk Bahaman. The British loved us because we are peaceful people easy to rule over. We were very thoughtful and every great nation loved us. When the Japs took over Malaya, you were either tali barut Jepun or with the British army or the silent victims of war but non else except the PKM and MPAJA which were dominated by the chinese.
We are the silent thinkers and we have always been afraid to make decision. We are the indecisive lot sitting on the wall comfortable in being sederhana which is safe and secure. Even when asked whether the meal is good or not we prefer to answer
"biasa" and asked an opinion, "entah" is our default answer though we have a better answer in our mind. We want to be safe and action like walking on the streets is too loud a manifestation of opinion. It will clearly show which side we are on and that will expose us to criticism and judgement. As I have said before in my blog, when we start to think, we shall become cowards.
Now I am also a thinker but I understood and agree to your point.

12:36 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

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2:22 PM  

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