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... it was a reference to terrorists cutting off a person's head.
-----On my hitchhiking trip to southern Tunisia, I walked through a town. A young man asked me: Was I going to WALK all the way to southern Tunisia? I told him: No. If I did that, I would eat my head! We were near Mt. Chanbi, the only place in Tunisia where Islamic militants were said to be active. The young man's eyes grew wide, in fear that I'd gotten the wrong impression of his ...
... every other life will be limited by time. The existence of time proves that all lives are temporary. Only my soul, thinks the scientist, is unaffected by the passing of time.
-----She considers that her soul may go on to live lives lasting thousands of years. It may live lives that last five seconds each. It may experience consciousnesses that don't begin with births nor end with deaths, and which don't resemble Earth lives ...
... roommate Amur, and a guy named Mwassan. They used to hang out together in Amur's and my warehouse.
I would play my flute, and Hamed and Monsoor danced. Hamed's pelvis bounced around the room like one of Saturn's moons. At age forty, he smiled like a child. He acted out farm animals so expressively, that when he lowered his head and thrust it upwards like a cow, I thought he might grow horns ...
... Amado, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and my father Kevin Breen so beautiful. And it was repetitive, using six hundred pages to say what it could've said in much less.
Mejjed explained why the Koran was repetitive. "Some people can read something once and understand it. Other people need to read the same thing many times."
The mysteries of the Koran?
Muslims with their book ...
... in exchange for the love of other humans.
-----Was prayer the beginning of capitalism, of our enslavement on Earth, our loss of dignity? Did our prayers in seclusion leave us isolated?
-----One morning in Tunisia, my roommate Amur work up before sunrise and performed his ten-minute prayer not once but TWICE. Why? "Go to bed, man!"
-----I took my sleep seriously. And so, later that morning I told ...