The importance and benefits of self honesty.

When you stand before God to be judged, do you really think at that time you will be able to enter a debate with God about your behavior? Playing with or bending some words to cover-up or justify your bad deeds? Perhaps a little “white lie” here and there? Do you really think you can deceive God?

Which is more likely: the above or this; When you stand before him, you won’t even be ‘offered’ this opportunity to try and wriggle your way out of facing your earthly past actions. Remember… you will be ‘standing’ in judgment by something which transcends ‘things’. God of unlimited power. Think back to earth now. Is there not someone that has a way of making you tell the truth, or someone you can tell the truth to? Now lets get back to God, in front of God in fact, are you really going to able to fool, trick and be less than 100% honest?

I don’t know and I’m not so sure if it is possible to know.

I do know that it’s conventional Islamic teaching that parts of our body will speak the absolute truth about what we have done. But despite the fact I can’t say which of the two scenarios IS going to happen, I would say the latter is 99% more likely, which of course is the latter!

This is why it is ultra important to be honest with ourselves. It’s incredibly easy for the human mind to justify its questionable doings. It is oh so easy for the human mind to even try and justify sins: ‘Oh I didn’t have a choice’ or ‘this sin is so that I won’t commit a bigger sin’ and so on.

When one is honest with oneself, one can avoid many, many pitfalls.

I believe that I am highly honest with myself, but even though I am aware of all this, I still find myself falling down on occasions, however I know if I were NOT honest with myself – I recall a past pre-Muslim life, then oh boy those pitfalls would be many more and of far greater depth. It’s even easy to deceive yourself that you are being honest. That’s a killer that one!

Hopefully you are better than me in this respect but I really suspect that what I write here will resonate with you too.

It has proved useful to me in the past to spend some time thinking about possible future cases where I may fall into a trap and how I should deal with it. It has helped on a number of times to avoid problems.

You might find that if you get yourself into a dynamic ‘in the now’ type situation that doesn’t allow some time-out to think things through properly then you may end up making poor, bad or evewn sinful decisions.

Readers of this article may have already have done such thought processes or even done the ‘role-playing’ e.g. in religious education classes, but I didn’t (or if I did, I certainly don’t remember doing so), but if you are like me, I hope sharing my thoughts with you on this proves useful to you.

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5 Responses to “The importance and benefits of self honesty.”

  1. 1 Project December 9, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Hi – this problem was solved by Nietzsche a long time ago! Where have you been?

    There used to be a prominent T-Shirt worn around campus when I was an undergrad, it said in bold:

    God is Dead — Nietzsche

    (of course I am not going to provide you the punchline that was printed in very fine letters just underneath that)

    More pertinently however, morality and intellect are two separate things. It is mixing them where people become misled!

    Intellect cannot confer upon morality any view other than subjective, and hence relative and arbitray. The following statement from an ‘uber intellect’ is a good evidence of this:

    “Nothing is more certain in modern society than the principle that there are no absolutes, that a name, a phrases, a standard has meaning only when associated with the considerations which give birth to nomenclature. To those who would paralyze our Government in the face of impending threat by encasing it in a semantic strait-jacket, we must reply that all concepts are relative.” — Justice Vinson, U.S. Supreme Court, 1951 AD

    However, the following algorithm is not just evidence of what I say, but its outright proof.

    This proof is furnished by the ‘uber uber’ atheist of the 20th century, i.e., the most fanatical God is Dead exponent, Mr. Bertrand Russel.

    I can’t recall the exact chapter and verse, but it goes something like this:

    Morality synthesis from the intellect:

    Maximise individual happiness (pleasures) while minimizing social conflict (not hitting on another’s wife) to optimize the overall happiness of the people composing the social unit who agree to live by the set of laws which implement that operation-research calculus. Russell also noted the caveats for protection of minors and those unable to make choices that one may not exercise one’s happiness upon them without some institutional safeguards.

    Using that highly intellectual morality equation – and I will confess that I have not encountered a more profound synthesis of morality and law anywhere, and which, on the surface at least, appears rather full of brilliance and minimalism – it would be perfectly acceptable, for instance, to spread black-death every other generation for population reduction among other ‘untermensch’ societies. And to create draconian police state by re-defining what individual happiness means, and conditioninng the people to get used to it. As Goethe had observed, “none are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free”.

    In that highly intellectual moral system, also called Secular Humanism, enslaving the populace by a bunch of wily ‘ubermensch’ who have craftily defined their ‘social unit’ to mean their own elite, would be perfectly fine.

    Thus, we see this enacted for instance, not just in the world government under construction which of course no one believes is happening, but in the Talmud among its very followers which no one can ever deny unless their lips are moving. The Ten Commandment of Moses are intellectually particularized from their general form, by adding an implied “Jew” at the end.

    Thus, as has been exposed by many recovering Jews themselves, “Thou Shall Not Kill” is read by the Talmudic Jews as: “Thou Shall Not Kill [a Jew; goy is ok]”.

    And as evidence that this isn’t just historical baggage which happened in the Dark Ages with no bearing to modernity, here is the latest version of the Law Book of Israel: ‘The King’s Torah’:

    For additional samples, pls. see:

    Fundamentally, the problems you outlined dear lwtc247 have

    been long solved philosophically, i.e., using the intellect. Here is a short passage from Leo Strauss which shows just how remarkably it is has been solved:

    ‘Political Zionism has repeatedly characterized itself as the will to normalize the existence of the Jewish people, to normalize the Jewish people. By this self-definition it has exposed itself to a grave misunderstanding, namely, the misunderstanding that the will to normality was the first word of political Zionism; the most effective criticism of political Zionism rests on this misunderstanding. In truth, the presupposition of the Zionist will to normalization, that is, of the Zionist negation of galut [exile], is the conviction that “the power of religion has been broken”. Because the break with religion has been resolutely effected by many individual Jews, and only because of this reason, it is possible for these individuals to raise the question on behalf of their people, how the people is to live from now on. Not that they prostrate themselves before the idol of normality; on the contrary: they no longer see any reason for the lack of normality. And this is decisive: in the age of atheism, the Jewish people can no longer base its existence on God but only on itself alone, on its labor, on its land, and on its state. …’ — page 202, Leo Strauss, The Early Writings 1921-1932

    See its fuller exposition at the link below, but here is the core essense:

    And there you have it. In simple language which peels off the philosophical-gibberish of “will to normality” and such, straightforwardly speaking: god gave the Jews the land grants, anointed them as the ‘chosen peoples’, and then Nietzsche killed god, and now it’s up to the Jewish people who “can no longer base its existence on God but only on itself alone, on its labor, on its land, and on its state”, in order to construct their own future “because the break with religion has been resolutely effected by many individual Jews” who must now lead their flock!!!

    See how wonderful a solution it is mon ami.


    Zahir Ebrahim

    P.S. It would be a travesty of thought to end this comment without giving the punchline in smaller font that was printed on the T-Shirt noted above, said:

    Nietzsche is Dead — God!

    I hear someone laughing…

    Because I can feel that laugh without any physical sound waves imbinging on my eardrums from across the ethernet, it shows me that, interalia: Morality if naturally felt, not naturally thought.

    Thus it originates from the heart, not the mind!

    The Heart is where the Almighty resides! Read both the Qur’an and the Bible and one sees it. When I used to read comparative religions, I recall also the case being true of Hindu scriptures.

    In Postscript Conclusion, “Cogito Ergo Sum” might have taken a tiny lesson from Zen were it not so imbued in its own arrogance and blinded by its own briliance. See Bruce Lee teach it here

    And, I will humbly suggest as an empirical scientist, that the clincher empirical proof that morality and intellect are separate species, is that had people simply left even an iota of humanity in us, even a tiny feeling for the suffering of fellow man, then instead of intellectually watching it all on television and merely going tsk tsk, we would have collectively marched in formation and forcibly neutered all the hectoring hegemons no different than the lowly wilderbeast do the hectoring hegemons of their jungle – and no scientist in the universe can argue with a straight face that these poor buffaloes who feel immensely for their kith and kin are a very cognitive species:

    — End

  2. 2 Project December 10, 2009 at 2:09 am

    Hi – there is an edited version which fixes typos, and explains my comment with a bit more clarity and some links:

    I liked your essay a lot – and I hope the tongue-in-cheek portion of my comment wasn’t all lost in the noise.

    Zahir Ebrahim

    • 3 lwtc247 December 12, 2009 at 9:32 pm

      Dear Zahir.

      A pleasure to hear from you again.

      Does not intellect inculcate morality? And isn’t it so that morality draws upon intellect? I often think knowledge is holistic, which also applies to metaphysics. As a believer in God, metaphysics is a necessary dogma for me. What I’m saying here, being in danger of starting a treatise, is that I doubt whether anything can be considered in isolation, morality and intellect.

      Indeed your quote from Justice Vinson woudl support my statement no? No absolute meaning no purity, no property, no working of the mind in seclusion.

      I concede that conscious thought may at times have a marginal effect upon morality, so my advocacy of using the intellect to control ones morality (and the things that morality concerns – like sexual desire) may appear limited, but religious intellect is very powerful and can trump all else. It has leashed morality for thousands of years. Of course, they are spectacular departures from that, but it’s potential is assured.

      If Mr. Russel advocates extremis is the pursuit of pleasure with only small exceptions to cater for all possible inherent tensions, I must disagree.

      But it seems like he’s reinventing the wheel, swiping the principle of theological order and shoving God out of the back door. I’ve seen this done by a number of noteable people. Grand theft auto brought to a back street garage for a respray.

      I see little merit in it.

      You describe it as minimalism to which I would say if such a society was in place, I bet it would be relatively normalist and not minimalist, but until such a society arises, it is speculative.

      Goethe had observed, “none are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free” – I entirely agree, but remember there are no absolutes? Well I’d say that supports the notion that freedom like beauty is in the eye of the beholder – freedom is relative, and the vast majority of us believe we are free. If one is OK with the police state and is their benchmark of freedom, then they are free.

      Like Democracy, If a people don’t want democracy imposed upon them, and it isn’t [imposed upon them] then they have exercised democracy.

      So far I’ve never understood the meaning of the word ‘uber’ finding it impossible to understand it from its context so I can’t really comment on that.

      I think what you say [about the elite defining it’s own ‘social unit’] is actually in agreement with what I’m saying here, but our different approaches make it seem different?? Do you think it is so?

      As for Mosaic law, we must be careful in prescribing perversions of divine law as true divine law. The lineage of prophets after Moses is indicative that the teaching were incomplete and/or needed refreshing. What we have today with Talmud law is those Rabbinical contortions for social dominance based on a misunderstanding of the Abrahamic peppered with supremacist ideals.

      The post doesn’t claim to be innovative, but for the benefit of people who may not have thought about it before. I wrote it because I found myself being personally dishonest and it was a struggle to stop the dishonesty. It was made exponentially more difficult because of the presence of people around me. Thankfully after a minute or so I triumphed over myself. The people looking on wouldn’t have had the slightest idea what was going on inside me, but I knew and it was like a war.

      I disagree with Strauss. Zionism does in fact contain an religious element, the ‘misunderstanding of the covenant element’ that I just mentioned. But all around it is areligious. Like an anti-quark cloaked in the universe. One can observe the universe and comment on it but the anti-quark although present isn’t illuminated.

      Secular and atheistic Jews overwhelmingly drink from the chalice of Zionism as do some ‘Schofield Christians’ 50m of them.

      Zionism’s heart is supremacy not inclusivity/normalcy.

      I take it he is saying the religion is what is responsible of their exile. Far from it and when he suggests so is a characteristic of Zionism itself. The exile is for the exact opposite to their religion i.e. their exile is due to their anti-religion, and the diaspora is by God not man. It isn’t up to the Jews to seek to rebel against their exile. It’s not hard to see why Strauss was a Neocon Kingpin.

      Besides to believe there could ever be normality through things ‘Jewish’ (in terms of what a Jew actually is) is shows Strauss has (or is projecting – deliberately or not) a facile picture of ‘the Jews’.

      And that description of the anti-quark cloaked with the fabric of the universe (a description that increasingly pleases me the more I think about it) support the interplay between them both.

      I wouldn’t blame Nietzsche either. Look to those who rewrote the history of Ishac (Isaac) and Ismail (Ishmail) or more correctly he who whispered in the ears of men to rewrite it. Nietzsche was a Segway for a path already embarked upon.

      I hope I’m not too far off capturing what you are saying. I’m not well versed in rigorous philosophY (BTW: Thank you for peeling off the ‘philosophical-gibberish’ – LOL) And I’ll need to think about the t-shirt a bit more…

      Thanks for the link. I’ll dish up some time to read it soon.

  3. 4 lwtc247 December 12, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Love the Bruce Lee by the way, but I’m very far off from connecting with it [his philosophy that is].

    I know the collection of Encyclopedia Britannica could be written about that little ant who just crawled it’s way onto my computer a few moments ago. If I were to do so, I’d call myself a Sufi.

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