Written: November 11, 1999
Republished: September 16, 2007
A couple is golfing one day on a very, exclusive golf course lined
with million dollar houses. On the third tee the husband says,
"Honey, be very careful when you drive the ball. Don't knock
out any windows, it'll cost us a fortune to fix."
The wife tees
up and promptly shanks it right through the window of the biggest
house on the course. The husband cringes and says, "I told
you to watch out for the houses! all right, let's go up there,
apologize and see how much this is going to cost."
up and knock, and a voice says, "Come in." When they
open the door, they see glass all over the floor and a broken
bottle lying on its side in the foyer.
A man on the
couch says, "Are you the people that broke my window?"
yeah," the husband says. "Sorry about that."
actually I want to thank you. I'm a genie that was trapped for
a thousand years in that bottle. You've released me. I'm allowed
to grant three wishes - I'll give you each one wish, and I'll
keep the last one for myself."
great!" the husband says. "I want a million dollars
a year for the rest of my life."
- it's the least I could do. And you, what do you want?"
the genie says, looking at the wife.
a house in every country of the world," she says.
what's your wish, Genie?" the husband asks.
since I've been trapped in that bottle, I haven't had sex with
a woman in a thousand years. My wish is to sleep with your wife."
looks at the wife and says, "Well, we did get a lot of money
and all those houses, honey. I guess it's OK with me if it's OK
So the genie
takes the wife upstairs and ravishes her for two hours. Afterward,
he rolls over, looks at the wife, and says,
old are you and your husband, I may ask?"
34 and he is 35. Why?"
you still believe in genies?
Today is the
11th day of November 1999. We have 50 days to the next century
and the beginning of a new millennium. The technological advancement
has made the world so small. The progress has been incredible.
Just the other day I read about a plane under construction by
the airbus corporation that would carry a 1000 passengers.
Today we travel
with airplanes, trains, and private cars. We cook with natural
gas, electricity and one of the most important kitchen appliances
is the Microwave oven. Everyone has a cell phone and we can reach
out and touch someone from anywhere and everywhere. We have increased
the human life from an average of 45 years in 1940¹s to 75
years in the 90¹s and a child born next century is expected
to live on the average more than 100 years.
has made it possible to contact places we are not able to see.
we can sit at our homes and visit Museums in Paris, London and
Washington DC. Our daughter sends our little grand daughter¹s
pictures over the internet enabling us to participate in her growth
and development on a daily basis. We can look up dictionaries,
encyclopedias, learn about diseases, and their cures without leaving
our homes and at no extra charge. Humans have gone through, ice
age, stone age, agricultural age, industrial age, and now the
information age but the spiritual side of many of us has been
dormant in the stone ages.
of us still believe in an extra ordinary man sitting there some
where in the sky and directing our every move. What a busy man
he must be? To direct 6 billion people of different ages, sexes,
languages, creeds, who are geographically spread all over the
globe must be an extremely exhaustive task. Perhaps that is why
he goofs constantly and repeatedly.
When I was
a child of five or six years of age my grandmother told me stories
from the Koran. I am positive you have heard these stories also,
since Koran is mostly copied from the old-testament. The story
that disturbed me the most was the one about Abraham. Apparently
God wanted to test Abraham¹s devotion to him so asks him
to sacrifice his son Esmael for God. I used to be terrified thinking
what if my father would be tested for his devotion to God? Would
he kill me? What if the lamb never showed up? I would have nightmare
about it. But then I would think that only boys were to be sacrificed
and I would feel good for having been a girl.
I am sure
you all have heard the story of the flood and Noah¹s ark.
The great God asked, Noah to build a ship and place a pair of
each species on his ship to protect them from extinction and then
he or the God ordered the flood and drowned all the living. My
grandmother would tell me that the people had done wrong. They
had not listened to God and this merciful God had to get rid of
them so he killed them by one the two most horrifying means, he
drowned them. I used to ask, but grandma why did god drowned the
animals? I was too young to understand such story was not possible
at that time. There are some five thousands species in the animal
kingdom. A pair of each will be 10000 animals. Today, we all know
the technology was not advanced enough to build such a ship. not
possible even today. The largest ship with all our advancement
can hold 6,000 people.
which I am positive we all have heard about and I have problem
with is the existence of the God and the Devil. According to Koran,
God asked Angel Gabriel to bow to Adam and he refused and God
sent him out of the heaven and he became the devil and went into
competition with God. Now does God and Devil have the same powers?
If not then why doesn¹t God get rid of the devil and if he
is unable to do so then the idea of one God is out of the door.
Because there are now two of them with equal powers one guiding
the good and one guiding the bad and evil.
A recent poll
taken by CNN stated that 44% of Christians in America believe
that Jesus will come in the next 50 years. and 22% believe that
this event will happen on December 31, 99. And if it does not
happen on this day then it will happen on the year 2033. They
add his age to the century. But they don¹t give a reason
is not the first time that Jesus is supposed to have come. There
are many dates in the human history that people waited for him
and he did not show up. A group of Japanese sold their homes,
businesses and migrated to Nebraska last year to see Jesus appear
on Television on March 29th. He did not show up. Now many people
are moving to Jerusalem to wait for his arrival on Dec. 31. If
he does not come on 2033 it will be no problem they just change
Muslims have something comparable they are waiting for Mehdi to
come back to earth and overhaul the mankind¹s existence.
Mehdi is supposed to be the son of the eleventh Imam who fell
in a water well when he was five or six years of age and from
the well he magically disappeared and when he returns to earth
the world will become a better place. I don¹t know much about
Jesus, but Mehdi is a myth. According to many historian the eleventh
Imam was unable to bear children.
I just wonder,
what happens if Christians and Muslims are right and Jesus and
Mehdi both return to end the problems of the world and make it
a better place. Do they compete with each other, on who comes
first? If one comes before the other? If Jesus comes before Mehdi
does that mean that he would only judge the Christians and spares
the Muslims? Or wise versa, if Mehdi comes first does that mean
that Christians are saved and Muslims are punished? Or will they
both come at the same time? Lets think about this, if one shows
up before the other how do they know who to judge. How do they
know who is a Shiite Muslims, who is a Sunni, a Christian, a Jew,
a Bahaii, Hindu, or an atheist? And where will this judgment take
place? Surely one being cannot be everywhere. Would it be in Europe,
America, Asia or the New Zealand.
And how would
the dead rise. What about all the organ donors? What about all
the people who were cremated. How do they rise from the earth?
What about the people who died in the sea or burned in the fire.
How would they be judged?
about it. Our civilization is matured. Lets shed all the out dated
beliefs placed in our minds by the clergy and the men of organized
religions and accept the scientific explanation for our being.
I believe we evolved over million of years and we all have a limited
time, too short to argue with each other over these outdated taboos.
For each of us there is a day when the sun sets for the last time
and we will become a name in our family¹s archives. Lets
believe in ourselves, and our capabilities as individuals and
as members of the communities we belong. Lets believe in ourselves
and each other. Lets not wait for Jesus or Mehdi to resurrect
and bring justice and peace to the world. We can change the world
for the better as we have done in the past millenniums. We have
grown up now lets not allow fairy tales rule our minds and our