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“We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.”[my art blog dedicated to everyday muses]
There is a famous story told in Chassidic literature that addresses this very question. The Master teaches the student that God created everything in the world to be appreciated, since everything is here to teach us a lesson.
One clever student asks “What lesson can we learn from atheists? Why did God create them?”
The Master responds “God created atheists to teach us the most important lesson of them all — the lesson of true compassion. You see, when an atheist performs and act of charity, visits someone who is sick, helps someone in need, and cares for the world, he is not doing so because of some religious teaching. He does not believe that god commanded him to perform this act. In fact, he does not believe in God at all, so his acts are based on an inner sense of morality. And look at the kindness he can bestow upon others simply because he feels it to be right.”
“This means,” the Master continued “that when someone reaches out to you for help, you should never say ‘I pray that God will help you.’ Instead for the moment, you should become an atheist, imagine that there is no God who can help, and say ‘I will help you.’”
ETA source: Tales of Hasidim Vol. 2 by Mar
NGL, I’m bawling.
aw it made my heart warm uwu
Yesterday watched a movie called “The Infidel” with my dad,and let me tell you its one of the most refreshing and funny things I’ve seen in a while.
Its about a typical British-Pakistani moderate muslim family man who goes into an identity crisis after learning he was actually adopted,and that his birth parents,well lets say were on the other side of the Israeli-Palestinian war debate. Further clues? His birth father’s name was Schimshillewitz.
Add to that a potential in-law that happens to be an extremist clerical leader and a Jewish American neighbour who teaches him what it means to be Jewish and you get yourself a pretty unique sort of comedy. What I love about the movie besides the brilliant acting by Omid Djalili, Richard Schiff and a surprise appearance by Matt Lucas as a rabbi, is the more unconventional but very real portrayal of characters, like the burqa-clad neighbour Muna who energetically spouts (in cockney!)celebrity gossip,jogs and gets down on the dance floor from beneath her niqab or the main character’s youngest daughter who adorably runs around declaring jihad with a plastic sword or Omid’s character himself,while despite being a very well-meaning father,swears like a sailor and admits to the ocassional drink or two.
What surprised me is it passing the censors in this country(the predominantly muslim conservative government once had to rename the “Hellboy” movie due to the word “hell”) but I see it as a positive sign then that such an eye-opening film could be shown here,and with nary a negative response so far. I highly recommend it,all y’all living in good ol’ Kuala Lumpur,to catch it in the cinemas while you can!
I mean, whats not to love about a movie that makes a Barbra Streisand penis joke in Yiddish?