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The words of poet, philospher and artist Khalil Gibran confronts me today with a lot of wisdom. Since it is a Sunday,let me share them with you. Hope these words inspire you, like they have inspired me, to face the coming challenges ahead:

Say NO to feudalism
Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.

Is this the future for Malaysians?
Coming generations will learn equality from poverty, and love from woes.

Religious tolerance
I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit.

To the murderer of innocent lives
If my survival caused another to perish, then death would be sweeter and more beloved.

For those who love freedom
Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.

If you believe another government, other than BN/UMNO is possible
March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life’s path.

The perfect leader
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.

Human rights
Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble and beautiful end of a human being.

Justice and mercy
The just is close to the people’s heart, but the merciful is close to the heart of God.

(For those wondering if you could trust) Anwar Ibrahim?
To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to.

Countries who love to go to war
Where is the justice of political power if it executes the murderer and jails the plunderer, and then itself marches upon neighboring lands, killing thousands and pillaging the very hills?



44 responses »

  1. Poetoo says:

    “An eye for an eye and the whole world will be blind?” Sounds nice but really stupid. That expression “an eye for an eye” was referring to serious wrongs between individuals like manslaughter. To say the “whole world will be blind” is implying that everyone living in this world is a criminal. Every now and then a stupid poet will distort the meaning of words to convey the sense of justice. To illustrate, for not punishing murderers with death, this has imposed a tremendous bill to the nations of the world not to say about repeat offenders. So you think the poet who said this words was wise? I beg to differ.

  2. MALAYSIAN says:




  3. Ayoyosamy says:

    I am curious about those sayings purportedly by AI aka Artificial Intelligence. To quote “To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to.” Like arse banging?

  4. MALAYSIAN says:

    tO Poetoo,

    What Susan means is paradoxical.

    May love conquers Malaysia. Only love can save Malaysia now. Only love can make one person repent and seek for a higher course.

  5. saoandco says:

    Dear Susan Loone,

    Let me pray for your health. Hope you can see the light in your own self, shining out right from your eyes.

    Unfortunately, by reading your blog, I feel that you are one of the daydreamers you find so many around you, who have lost senses of pure light to see the reality of our life in Malaysia. Khalil Gibran may not help you. Only you the only one who can really help your mind, ease up your loneliness and pains.

    I am a true Malaysian, who gives everything, what more do you want?.

  6. sloone says:


    Thanks for your prayers. But I am neither lonely nor in pain.

    My days are hectic, that I sometimes miss myself. I can hardly find a moment to be alone with me.


    I believe Khalil Gibran was speaking about bitter revenge. So, no need to get so upset.

  7. wits0 says:

    Saoandco, desist from sounding so patronizing.

    Poetoo, there was once an exchange between the Sage Nagasena and King Malind(a) :

    q/ King Milind: If you speak honestly to someone about how badly they behave, is this not abuse, which might lead to a breach of the peace?

    Nagasena: Do you bow down and show respect to a criminal? Or do you
    show him the error of his ways? Do you try to cure vigorous diseases with
    soft drugs? u/q

    btw, Khalil Gibran was a poet, not a saint. His lineage came from a land known to be hate filled and therefore whould have understood the evil of blind ing hatred.

  8. Commentator says:

    Dear Susan,
    Just ignore the comments of some people like soaandco who seemed to have the intentions to hurt you. Hope you don’t get discouraged by this type of people. I volunteer to share with all what a person soaandco and his thinking like.

    “Let me pray for your health. Hope you can see the light in your own self, shining out right from your eyes.”
    – soaandco does not sound sincere.

    “Unfortunately, by reading your blog, I feel that you are one of the daydreamers you find so many around you, who have lost senses of pure light to see the reality of our life in Malaysia.”
    – daydreamers? a lot of things are considered day-dreams in this world. soaandco meant to discourage what you have been doing.

    “Khalil Gibran may not help you. Only you the only one who can really help your mind, ease up your loneliness and pains.”
    – soaandco meant to discourage what you have been doing. Blindly and bluntly, he accused you of being lonely and painful.

    “I am a true Malaysian, who gives everything, what more do you want?.”
    – UMNOputras also think that they have given everything. But in reality do they?

  9. Commentator says:

    One more thing for bloggers here to ponder. Coming to the term of daydreaming.

    1) BN lost badly in 8 Mar to “Oppositions”. A daydream that “Oppositions” rule Penang?

    2) Sun Yat Sen was once called Sun Da Pao if you know. This is because Sun Yat Sen dared to dream and talk about big plans to change China. A lot of people considered him “jiang da bao” because they thought changing China that time was almost impossible.

  10. saoandco says:

    Dear Susan,

    Ah, now I know why you so energetic. I thought you are in such an agony, so much so that you believe in that poetry!

    There are other poets which bring love and happiness to mankind.

  11. Thurai says:

    Thank you, Susan! Wish you a Happy Sunday, too.

  12. Grill says:

    Another good one by Khalil was:

    Your children come from you
    But are not of you
    They are of life`s longing for itself

  13. Grill says:

    Advance, and never halt, for advancing is perfection. Advance and do not fear the thorns in the path, for they draw only corrupt blood. -Khalil G.

  14. Patek1472 says:

    1. If anyone thinks as a Malaysian at heart you will never support any of the current political parties who speaks only about championing or protecting their own race and religious interests. Whether it belongs to UMNO, PAS, MCA, MIC, PKR, Gerakan, Hindraf, PBS, DAP, PPP or whatever new name. It’s called racism and whoever supports that party is called a racist. It is no different from apartheid. It dirties and poison your soul.
    2. Those who are racists but speak with a fork tongue (Jeyklls), hiding it behind other causes like religion, meritocracy, education, poverty etc are even worse than clear cut racists and can only fit into the category of satans.
    3. Malaysian racists and the MSN have corrupted the following words which meant differently in other countries ex. nationalism, patriotism, royalists, freedom, liberty, corruption, democracy etc.
    4. Power, Greed and Selfishnish rule in Malaysia and now we include Racism and Satanism.
    5. See more prophesies at http://patek1472.wordpress.com

  15. Casey says:

    Malaysians, at this point of time, need to read more of Khalil Gibran’s work to give them hope and sunshine. When we see so many evils that Malaysian leaders did to ordinary Malaysians, no amount of tears will wash out any word of it. In the richness of Malaysian culture – Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu, Christian – our love of our God will bring back Tears and Laughter to us – to enrich us and to teach us valuable lessons that only experience can. Here’s a quote from Gibran’s work:

    “I looked upon slumbering Nature, and with deep reflection discovered the reality of a vast and infinite thing — something no power could demand, influence acquire, nor riches purchase. Nor could it be effaced by the tears of time or deadened by sorrow; a thing which cannot be discovered by the blue lakes of Switzerland or the beautiful edifices of Italy.

    It is something that gathers strength with patience, grows despite obstacles, warms in winter, flourishes in spring, casts a breeze in summer, and bears fruit in autumn — I found Love. “

  16. wits0 says:

    The BN perverted values ; the MSM perverted semantics in full abetment. Yes, Patek, It dirties and poison your soul, no less. Bolehland becomes Bodohland and this is just Cause and Effect as wrt International Competitiveness.

    Why should that be surprising?

  17. Hunk says:

    Susan, your blog is among the best of TOP 10 ten in Malaysia. I not only enjoy your humour but your impartiality on issues that has been bugging us.

    Oh saudari Susan, suatu hari nanti saya berbangga untuk belanja awak minum, bolek sik? 😉

  18. wandererAUS says:

    Today is Sunday, I will go to the house of our Lord and pray for the lost Souls.
    Susan, you naughty girl, you made me search my own conscience!

  19. Muda says:

    There is a BIG DIFFERENCE between a STATESMAN and a mere politician . How sad that although the latter seems to be the lesser pedigree compared to the former but are in reality they are the ones who seems to prosper over the misery of the people !

  20. amy says:

    I agree with what Patek said overall. Ignore those sadistic remarks. Only reserved them for UMNO! I for one will support UMNO to be obliterated! Why only now come up with all sorts of reforms? It doesn’t make any difference anymore to the rakyat! Just because they want to be seen as doing something, I have always doubted and still do about their sincerity in the long run. THEY ARE DEFINITELY NOT CHAMPIONING ANY JUST AND HONEST RULES, trust you me. I wish we can all cut up each and everyone of UMNO’s hearts to see whether they are genuine or not! The only thing I’m afraid most is if we were to do that, HORRIBLE AND STINKING BLOOD will ooze out from each and everyone of them, believe you me! So, I say, support DSAI and his cause! Thank you. Have a good and productive week ahead.

  21. Ayoyosamy says:

    After checking the background of Khalil Gibran, I can see why he was so blind to the Truth. Very tragic personality. Died of cirrhosis of liver. Too much liquor? And he was a Muslim theologian.

  22. Menyalak-er says:

    Happy Sunday dear Susan,
    Pax Malaysiana huh? Excellent!
    No need to add further comments.

  23. V (not Vernon) says:

    “There is something terribly wrong with this country”

    “Madam Justice (Old Bailey) seemed to have gone on holiday”

    “People should not be afraid of their Governments. Governments should be afraid of their peiople”

    “Under this mask is more than flesh. Under this mask is an idea. And ideas are bullet proof”


    In line with your short missive in relation to the topic, may I recommend readers to watch this movie – “V for Vendetta” on YouTube.

    It is an excellent film produced by the Wachowski brothers of “The Matrix” fame, and helmed by James McTeigue who directed the “Die Hard” action movies. Notable actors include Hugo Weaving – who is great as “V” – Natalie Portman, John Hurt, and Tim Piggot-Smith.

    “V for Vendetta” is a political commentary on England sometime in the near future where it has become an authoritarian police state. The script is excellent with many quotable quotes. The action scenes mesmerising.

    There is many paralell between this film and our current sitution. Type in the Search box on YouTube – “V for Vendetta – Full Movie (v1 of v13)”. There are 13 clips. The movie and sound quality is excellent. Do read also the comments by the actors in the interviews.

    Do refer this film to as many friends as possible as it has a message to deliver. Not just here in Malaysia, but also in other countries especially in South East Asia.

    Watch and think. And enjoy yourelves also at the same time.

  24. song of freedom says:

    Our dearest darling sloonee,

    We are all Malaysians who live on this land as brothers and sisters.

    Why don’t we join together and sing a song of freedom for once together?

    sing a song of freedom

  25. Ravindran Kunjan says:

    Dear Susan,

    It is indeed soothing to know that only the intelligent are able to analise the truth and the “political drama” in Malaysia. This include DYMM Tuanku Jaafar who directly commented that you can’t have two leaders – DSAI (PKR)or PAK LAH (UMNO); one has to go!!! WE ALL KNOW THAT DSAI SHOULD STAY & WHO SHOULD STEP DOWN (as even Dr MKUTTY says so).

    There are a few who only comment to character assasinatte a great person, DSAI, who had been punished, incarcerated (family & himself), and “by all means & costs, be kept away from PUTRAJAYA, for the glory of staying in power by the UMNOPUTRAs/BN politicians.

    We know they are”planted”/”plants”/agent provacateurs of UMNOPUTRAs/BN just to monitor & counter the rise of cyber information which will NEVER get published/tansmitted in the main stream media(MSM).

    Dear all, please peruse the Article writen by KIM Quek “We weep for you, Altantuya”. A simple but down to earth analysis of INJUSTICE UMNO/BN government, despite cogent evidence emerged through Bala’s SD1/SD2 against …..you know who??

    An Eye for Eye…… why not? Justice must be impartial. Justice must not only be seen to be done; it must be done……whether it is the DPM; AG Gani; PIG Musa, etc.

    All those who have “convicted” DSAI even before adducing evidence in the court of law, are usurping the powers (normal of POWER CRAZY UMNOPUTRAS/BN) of “JUDGE, JURY & EXECUTIONER”. Wait till their own family/party member is accused of a crime ( even as serious & heinous as C4 MURDER of a Foreign beauty queen alledged to have sexual relations with you know who) then they have NO COMMENTS, INVOKE “UMNO/BN” IMMUNITY, SUPPRESS & iNCARCERATE ALL THOSE WHO EXPOSED THE SCANDAL/EVIDENCE, TOTAL DENIAL SYNDROME.

    For them, only DSAI is always guilty, despite so much evidence has already been adduced voluntarily to say that there is NO CASE TO ANSWER. If these “culprits”/ “propogandists”, are too confident that they will succeed to distort facts from fallacy, they are in for one big surprise……….”Like spitting to the sky ( SMACK BACK ON THEIR “STU___” FACE), a Malay proverb ” Seperti meludah ke langit”.

    Sayfool’s police report TILL TO DATE NOT GIVEN TO “ACCUSED”(atleast the contents are known to DSAI’s lawyers-many police officers are staunch supporters of DSAI); DSAI has submitted ALIBI 24-7 on the day alledged; No witnesses who saw the “ACT TAKE PLACE”; NO COHESIVE CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE; NO CORROBORATIVE EVIDENCE; ONLY SAYFOOL’S WORD AGAINST DSAI’S ( Which could have been done by someone else – so the DSAI DNA is needed to be “planted”).

    I am not alone in believing in the truth that DSAI is innocent; US Condoleesa Rice ( you mean to say the legal adviser in US embassy in Malaysia is stupid?) and many international SUPER figures believe the same.

    If you do not like DSAI for reasons known best to yourself, and unless you analise the allegations legally, please zip up your openings, and do not be “sodomized” by more intelligent comments.

    God Bless Rational Malaysians.

    Ravindran Kunjan.

  26. ah Long says:

    Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose.

  27. tamade says:

    Susan there are millions of Bolehland Rakyat who are with you. Yes, life is hectic and tough nowadays to most of the people, “thanks” to the UltaManNo who hassodomised the Bolehland and her Rakyat for the past 50 years.

    I must say that you are the conscience of the people and Bolehland, and the country needs people like you, not those who sees no “evils”, and who blindly writes beautiful love poems to praise this Bolehland, without knowing the sufferings faced by the people.

  28. Xavaria says:

    I like the title “An Eye for an Eye and the Whole World Would be Blind”. Some days it really ‘feels’ that way, either in your own little ‘microclimate of a world’ and some days in the ‘world-at-large’. I don’t understand the seeming hostility in the comments because someone is percieved as a dreamer or is waxing poetic or philosophic. It takes all kinds of people to make up the world. I read and watch the news daily and it seems to me there’s room for everyone from philosophers to pedophiles. Which do you suppose is doing the most harm!?

    “Between fight and flight is the blind man’s sight and the choice that’s right.”
    (Jewel – Standing Still)

  29. wits0 says:

    Ah Long: “Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose.”

    That doesn’t sound right, it’s just too cynical. Takes wisdom and astuteness to determine the required degree and nature of Freedom. We have been grievously short-changed.

    Freedom has to be fought(not necessarily always physically) for and/or earned.

    Look what has Feudalistic thinking wrought for Malaysia? Enabled repressive cling-on crooks and low life to power.

  30. Feroz Merican says:

    Ayoyosamy, Khalil Gibran is generally accepted as one of the greatest poets in literature, and the greatest poet from the Arab world. Even today you can walk into any library and bookstore(try Borders) and pick up up a copy of the Prophet; and all you have to say is that he died of cirrhosis? If you had any knowledge of Arab culture (try reading 1001 nights) and Arab cities like Cairo and Damascus, you would know that wine was readily available and frequently drunk by Muslims, as was Hashish. It doesn’t mean that they didn’t pray 5 times a day, it just meant when there was a celebration, a wedding for e.g, there would be wine served. Obviously you know nothing about the Arab World and less than zero about Poetry. Stick to football and thosai, Ayoyosamy.

  31. wits0 says:

    That book from Khalil Gibran was ( at one time, at least) was the second best selling book in North America but what would Ayoyo know about that? He’s here to augment the Cybertrooper trolling activities of BobbyNZ here.

  32. Inspirasi says:

    These type of people who gets inspiration from drugs and liquor are often under “demon influence” and utter blashphemous words that contradict the Truth. Same with Satanic music.

  33. Poetoo says:

    Thanks Susan,

    I wasnt upset. Just thought I clarify the fact that he had taken the expression “an eye for an eye” out of context from the Bible and Inspirasi has explained possibly under satanic influence. It wasnt about “bitter revenge”. It was about dealing with hardcore criminals. If they are served the death penalty, it would save govts world over billions of dollars if not trillions. More importantly, the sanctity of life would remain at the pedestal it deserves.

  34. BobbyNZ says:

    Hi guys

    I have read George Soros’ book “The Theory of Reflexivity” in 1997 and he categorically stated that the price of currency and stocks are based “not on fundamentals” but on perception and sentiments. He even took credit for destroying the Soviet Union economy in early 90’s under Clinton’s adm. by whose policy was to bankcrupt nations opposing their hypocritical policies like global warming. Modus Operandi? Short Selling! Same thing they did to Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand in 97/8 due to the joint venture of these 3 countries to deforest Brazil. But why US economy faltering now? Shitty fundamentals like deceitful mortgage securities and “Naked Short Selling”. They get a taste of their own medicine now!!!



  35. matabuka says:

    People like Mahakutty, Ling Liong Sick, Lim Keng Aid, Semi value, najib, Bodowi, Lee Kim Sai, Lim Kit sial and others will die with their eyes open, like the picture our dear sloone putting up above!

    If they want to close their eyes when they have mamposed, very simple, just guillotined their pricks and shaft into their assholes, then their eyes will close voluntarily.

    This is their last will. Their life will be complete and their dream totally fulfilled.

    They have been sodomizing the nation and rakyat all their life.

    THe final chapter is closed with each and everyone of these sodomites sodomizing their own selves with their own prick shafting into their own asshole when they have mamposed.

    However, their eyes will reopen if someone removes the prick from their asshole.

  36. bamboo river says:

    A good read to start on my Monday blues. 🙂

  37. Shreya says:

    was lloking up 4 sm matter on eye 4 an eye makes d whole world blind. im having a dedate n am 4 d for side , can plz send sm interesting points or eg.

  38. richard says:

    what a wonderful group of people inhabit this room.. God bless you all

  39. dale says:

    i think we value eyes too much, perhaps if the world was blind, it would finally see.

  40. Erin says:

    I beleive in this quote very much and i think the words speak a great truth. Irrelivent as it may be i always associated this quote with Gibran, it was recently brought to my attention that this was intitially writen by Gandi ? Im not sur eif this is true? any thoughts?

  41. chin chin says:

    i like the quotes an eye for an eye make the whole world blind. a saying by M.K. Ghandi, Thanks for the good comment i have read.. for those who leave comment sa undistructing,,well better yet read the life of ghandi

  42. antoine says:

    Dear Poetoo,

    It seems you really dont know what are you talking about and your field appears to be way and so far away from poetry and philosophy.
    Just a hint (for you and its for free) whenever you want to critisize (an article, a poem ..etc) do not use informal and impolite words..

    the best,

  43. antoine says:

    Dear wits0,

    “…and this is the smell of ignorence” (by aak).
    I guess you have google…search for Lebanon…

  44. Aquamarine says:

    Are these words by Kahlil Gibran or by Gandhi? I googled the quotation and got overwhelming results suggesting they are by Gandhi.

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