The Ghost of a Village

The Ghost of a Village Suzy Kassem

THE GHOST OF A VILLAGE

She wanted to know why he destroyed their land,
The village’s only well,
The mines,
The rivers,
The forest,
Then the animals.

She wanted to know why he denied the villagers
A decent school,
A hospital,
Medicine,
And put up walls —
After taking down all their bridges.

She wanted to stare him deep in the eyes
And ask him why he had let so many villagers die.

So she stood at the gates of his golden palace
With her fingers curled into its iron bars,
And waited for him to come out.
And after hours turned into days,
And days turned into weeks,
She finally saw his crippled body being
Guided into a long black vehicle.

“WHY?” she shouted at him from a distance.
“WHY did you do all this?”

The white-haired man rolled down his window and
In a distasteful voice, replied back to her:

“You pitiful fool,
Do you think the world cared about me all these years?
I used to push a cart and sharpen knives,
And some days I would be forced to sleep hungry.
So as the years turned, and I became bitter and starved in more ways than one,
I decided to cut down trees,
And with the wood I built homes.
And after I sold those homes,
I bought land,
And then I built more homes and put them on the land.
Then I created a village and people came to live in it,
So I taxed everyone because the land was mine.
And because everyone lived under my security and authority,
Everyone had to pay for protection.
And with those taxes, I bought up all the surrounding land for cheap,
Because as my wealth grew, so did my power.
Then I sold everything and anything I could to the highest bidders.
And in the final days of my existence,
How dare you ask me: Why?
WHY NOT?
Do you not see the white hairs on my head
And the wrinkles on my neck?
Do you really think I care what happens to the world
After I die?”

“But those trees you cut weren’t yours!
And the rivers and streams you sold weren’t yours!
What made you think you could steal and sell what belongs to all the children of the earth?”

The old man snorted then replied:
“Nobody said anything, so I kept taking.
And the more I took and nobody said anything,
The larger things I’d take!
How silly of you to come crying
Only after everything is gone?
I couldn’t allow your people to be intelligent, united and strong,
For they would have thrown me into the well had they discovered I was
The big bad wolf!
So I had to keep them ignorant, divided and filled with fear —
Of everything beyond the village walls.”

“But do you not fear God?” the young woman cried out.

The white-haired man now answered flatly:
“God should fear me.
I’ve robbed and raped his people and lands,
And his followers are weak.”

And with that, he motioned for his driver to pull away.

The woman ran after the car and tried to scream,
But as soon as she opened her mouth,
Her voice turned into a howling wind.
It wailed, thrashed and moaned over the abandoned village,
Then disappeared into the hollow forest.

Suzy Kassem

How to Change the System and the Minds of the Masses

Suzy Kassem How to Change the System and the Minds of the Masses

Let’s face it. We live in a command-based system, where we have been programmed since our earliest school years to become followers, not individuals. We have been conditioned to embrace teams, the herd, the masses, popular opinion — and to reject what is different, eccentric or stands alone. We are so programmed that all it takes for any business or authority to condition our minds to follow or buy something — is to simply repeat a statement more than three or four times until we repeat it ourselves and follow it as truth or the best trendiest thing. This is why Coke runs many commercials. Even though we all already know what Coke is and what it tastes like, we as humans have proven to be forgetful, so Coke must run several ads every quarter to remind us to drink it. And if you notice, ad campaigns are usually designed to run within a set duration and in a sequence where ads are guaranteed to be seen consecutively. This is called “programming” — the frequent repetition of words to condition us how to think, what to like, and who to follow.

For this reason, today, people who are given access to stand, speak, or perform on public platforms in front of the masses are not necessarily the most talented, but the easiest to control. Why? Because if any of them make just one simple statement about politics or the world, it could easily be repeated over and over again to affect the way people think, and create real social change. People like me who are outspoken and can detect flaws in the system will always be censored, denied influence, and prevented in many ways to grow. So how can WE create change, if those at the top are too afraid to say anything?

Again, to really change the world, we have to help people change the way they see things. Global betterment is a mental process, not one that requires huge sums of money or a high level of authority. Change has to be psychological. So if you want to see real change, stay persistent in educating humanity on how similar we all are than different. Use the conditioning process the system designed to control us — against them. Keep repeating statements that could affect the way people see things. Keep pointing out flaws in the system (your government, your state, your city, or any institution of choice). Point out corruption wherever you see it. If you don’t like the elections, call for new candidates. Don’t let the system pick a handful for you and force you to choose from only them. After all, this is a free country. We shouldn’t be given the illusion that we have a voice in the electoral process when in reality we never really did. Be pro-active, not passive. Use whatever skills you have to keep repeating statements to the mainstream. The power of resonance is very real. This is why there is now heavy censorship in the west. Censorship exists to protect corruption.

And lastly, do not only strive to be the change you want to see in the world, but also help all those around you see the world through commonalities of the heart so that they would want to change with you. This is how humanity will evolve to become better. This is how you can change the world. Stop being a senseless, apathetic follower, and choose to be a courageous leader instead. A leader with a voice. Be different. Be authentic. Be a lion of truth. Do not pick a team or a side, left or right, but always stand up for what is right against the wrong.

 Our freedoms are vanishing. If you do not get active to take a stand now, one of your children may elect to do so in the future, when it will be far more riskier — and much, much harder.

 

Truth always rises with Time.

Suzy Kassem

Mother is Water

Mother is Water Suzy Kassem Poetry

MOTHER IS WATER

I wish I could
Shower your head with flowers
And anoint your feet with my tears,
For I know I have caused you
So much heartache, frustration and despair –
Throughout my youthful years.
I wish I could give you
The remainder of my life
To add to yours,
Or simply erase
The lines on your face,
And mend all that has been torn.
For next to God,
You are the fire
That has given light
To the flame in each of my eyes.
You are the fountain
That nourished my growth,
And from your chalice –
Gave me life.
Without the wetness of your love,
The fragrance of your water,
Or the trickling sounds of
Your voice,
I shall always feel
thirsty.

Suzy Kassem

Without the wetness of your love, the fragrance of your water, or the trickling sounds of your voice, I shall always feel thirsty. -- Suzy Kassem Poetry

Man is Not the Most Intelligent Species

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As a citizen of the world, I will not confine myself within the gates of one nation or religion. I will not identify with only one species, sex, class or race; for I am a complete being, and that means that I embrace all of humanity, all of nature, every star and universe within the greater universe as a part of me. If we were all created in the image of God, and his love is unconditional, then why can’t we all look at all living things with the same eyes as God? How can anybody say that one race is more superior than another, when we were all created in God’s reflection? How can anybody claim that one religion is more superior than another, when we all share the same father? Does God tell us to follow our egos or conscience? Our minds or hearts? The light of God is found in all our hearts, and only when we tap into our conscience do we connect with him. Truth can only be seen and felt by those with truth alive in them.

Humility is a virtue of the heavenly, not arrogance. Are we the most superior beast on earth? No, not in strength and not in intelligence. It is very arrogant to assume that we are the most intelligent species when we keep repeating the same mistakes over and over again. Both rats and monkeys have been shown to learn from error, yet we have not. More people have died in the name of religion than any other cause on earth. Is massacring God’s creations really serving God – or the devil? And what father would want to see his children constantly divided and fighting? What God would allow a single human life to be sacrificed for monetary gain? Again, the Creator or the devil?

To choose not to be part of a team or religion does not make me non-religious; for my religion is Truth and I am very much in love with God. I do not need to align myself with a specific messenger if I already understand God’s message. And the way I think is not considered ‘New Age’, since common sense is not new. So long as you act and speak with love and truth in you, and are good to your fellow man — in that you treat everybody as you would want yourself to be treated, your heart will stand by God regardless of the label you have assigned to your mind.

Someone once said to me, “With all the religions in the world, they can’t all be right.”

And I replied, “Well they can’t all be wrong either.

My advice to the masses would be this, never discount another man’s faith just because it is dressed in another language foreign to your own. Language can be used as a serious weapon in shining and sharing Truth, but can also be used to hide or distort it. For example, do not shun Hinduism because you do not understand it by its exterior, without first opening the Gita and patiently examining its interior. Honorable virtues prized by God are found in the majority of the world’s religions. Never listen to another man’s opinion of any faith without first truly examining it yourself from every angle, and questioning any possible motives behind those giving their opinion. A kind man would never put down another man’s mother just for not liking her dress. So what makes you feel justified in tearing down another man’s faith simply because he prefers referring to God using a different title? Or prefers worshiping him in a different mansion?  Or prefers taking a different path to reach the same destination? Or for electing to wear a traditional uniform to perform his services or reflect his faith? Never reflect hatred in your speech, or act in superiority over another man, because it only shows to others that it is YOU who really does not understand God and his message. Any man who promotes hatred or violence towards another man is NOT Sikh, Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Jewish or any other God-loving faith on earth. God is LOVE and LIGHT, not hatred and ignorance. Any unbiased religious scholar will tell you that LOVE is God’s message in all of the world’s religions — except Satanism.

Suzy Kassem

One Leader

Whenever you stand up for your conscience, be prepared to be hated by the wicked. But never, ever, let that scare you; for whenever you stand up for God, by him you are loved. -- Suzy Kassem
TRUTH

Whenever you stand up
For your conscience,
Be prepared to be hated
By the wicked.
But never, ever,
Let that scare you;
For whenever you
Stand up for God,
By him,
You are loved.

 

Suzy Kassem

Once you reject fear, you will become the perfect candidate to receive and reflect truth. -- Suzy Kassem

A World Without Justice

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When people can get away with crimes just because they are wealthy or have the right connections, the scales are tipped against fairness and equality. The weight of corruption then becomes so heavy that it creates a dent that forces the world to become slanted, so much so — that justice just slips off.

— Suzy Kassem