14 September 2005

Hates any man the thing he would not kill?

Interesting stat I have come across- 9 out of 10 people don’t care! They don’t care about what’s going on in the world, they don’t care about the suffering of others, they don’t care about happiness or sadness, they don’t care much about anything- so that begs the question: are you ‘the one’ or just ‘one of the nine’?... Do you care about anything else besides money, career, comfort, etc?
Oh well, who cares!

We did a big slide show presentation to the Fri Nite crew and I think it went pretty well- but I guess to ascertain the effectiveness of our presentation we need to wait and see what effect, if any, it would now have on the audience there…

Have you read Merchant of Venice? The movie is blind interesting and has a brilliant script- I was having a discussion about interest and usury with a colleague at work earlier that day; told him how usury was forbidden for both Christians and Jews as well. And I had remembered from the book that Jews had started giving loans on interest to non-Jews but because it was forbidden, didn’t charge fellow Jews interest- apparently some still do this up to today…

It also shows how the Jews were oppressed- they had to live in a certain part of the city, the ghettos, and had to wear red hats when they wandered into other parts of the city. I agree, they do have a long history of being oppressed but they have today become the oppressors! There is a scene in the movie where the Jewish moneylender, Shylock, questions why his people are oppressed and mistreated- and today I would like to hear a Palestinian question in a similar vein:
‘Why? Is it because I am an Arab? Hath not an Arab eyes? Hath not an Arab hands, senses, affections, passions, organs, dimensions?
Are we not fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Jew is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that!
If an Arab wrong a Jew, what is his humility? Revenge! If a Jew wrong an Arab, what should his sufferance be by Jewish example? Why, revenge! The villainy you teach me, I will execute, and it shall go hard but I will better the instruction!’

Oh well- get the picture, don’t you?

I have no intention of linking everything to Palestine- but the feeling I got when I saw this show really made me want to question them- how can you forget what you’ve been through and now make others go through the same and worse!

The other tale that I found interesting in the story was about a lady whose father had left three chests that would decide on who can marry her- only by choosing the right chest could you have her hand in marriage! The chests were gold, silver and copper- I thought it seemed pretty obvious which was the chest to choose- but isn’t it necessary to have a similar system today: not three chests but rather a software program that requires answers to many questions to be inputted and at the end it spits out a comprehensive report on the person being interviewed:) Any budding programmers interested in working on such a program? I assure you that you will be adequately compensated!

And back to Palestine- I just got word from our Palestinians friends; they are planning an ‘Eyewitness Israeli Occupation Campaign’ that will run from the 8 – 29 November and include the Olive harvest and Palestinian Independence Day events… Details to be released later this month- watch this àspace!ß

Ashfaaq Carim’s grandmother passed away in Potch this Sunday- please remember her and all marhooms in your duas…

This week sees a slight change to the regular format of email that you have probably become accustomed to:
Useless facts (courtesy of Ismail Sader)

- 40 million, the population of Lagos (Nigeria). Yeah that’s right the population of RSA is about that much.
- 1700, the no. of Olympic swimming pools you could fill with the beer that SAB sells in one year. - 96, the no. of South Africans who died of congenital syphilis in 1997.
- The Venus flytrap is capable of eating an entire hamburger.

A new methodology for auditing was recently rolled out at work- at first I was horrified as this presumably meant a greater volume of more difficult work, but I’ve subsequently been pleasantly surprised! The old methodology was substantially different, so the less you knew and understood it, like me, the better off you are right now:) Just sat through a meeting where the usual smart-alecky geeks were squirming all over and ludicrously struggling to elicit some approval from the partner! So my theory has just been proved: The less you work, the better it is for you!

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