Tuesday, May 8, 2007

And He Wasn't an "Islamist" or . . .

. . . a "jihadist," a "militant" or even a "terrorist!"

"You assist an evil system most effectively by obeying its orders & decrees.
An evil system never deserves such allegiance.
Allegiance to it means partaking of the evil.
A good person will resist an evil system with his or her whole soul."
-Gandhi


I can think of several ways in which this may be relevant. The first few that come to mind are:
  • Should we as people of conscience be partaking in pledges of allegiance to nation-states?

  • For US taxpayers, is it OK that we pay taxes knowing a significant percentage of that money is then re-rerouted to apartheid Israel?

  • Are we really doing the utmost to resist the "evil system" or is there more we can do?

1 comment:

Saira Lari said...

as far as paying taxes goes, from what i know (which is not very much) there is consensus that for the most part you have to obey the law of the land (so long as you are not directly doing something impermissible).

follow up question is that should we be living in this country, given other choices are available? canada is starting to look nice right now. :)