- Username: afnizarmohd
- In response to: "What's the one thing you're never gonna give up?" The freedom to think
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- I don't need 300-word justification for this
My husband and son.
Life and blood.
Rights and responsibilities.
Peace and tranquillity.
Love and mercy.
Joy and pride.
Hope and faith.
I surely don't need three hundred words to justify the need for these two favourite person of mine.
- The Worst Flight I've Taken
Let me check.
Hmm.. I supposed there were at least two that I can remember.
The first one would be my first flight ever from LHR (London Heathrow) back to KUL (Kuala Lumpur) at the end of my first year.
The suffering was rooted from this one little 'sin' I have committed:
I deliberately took the salted peanuts offered by the flight attendant.
Well, if you little tummy is sensitive to any 'wind-inducing' food, you shalt never touch peanuts, salted or whatever. And of course, that little temptation of crunchy peanuts handed by a fairly attractive flight attendant (let me keep the gender secret this time around) caused me such a painful experience for a 13-hour flight.
Let me recall the suffering I had to endure -- my sensitive stomach started growling, I could not sit properly, I was hungry and I ate, but the food (I am not fond of MH food, so that's another trauma) could not properly sit in my stomach, the 'wind' kept my stomach unrest and I could not enjoy the in-flight entertainment.
And worst of all, I puked as soon as we landed. So yeah, for the record, I was one of the users of that paper bag.
Well, that was the first one.
The next one was less physical, but rather emotionally bad.
That was the flight from Cairo to London, and I was crying so badly half of the journey (That was 4-hour flight, if my memory serves me well). No, I was not leaving my loved ones, literally, but I was so sad to leave the incredible experience in that land, after spending two months over there.
In the back of my mind, I know that there's no way I could replicate the experience even if I were to come again next time - what builds an experience away is not much of the place itself I suppose, but also the people you were with. And I saw no tangible way to have Hakimah (who's now quietly residing in Miri), Aswani (safely married), Ustaz Luthfi (the last time I heard, he's teaching in Kedah, happily married with two kids!) to come together and re-do.
So I cried. I was so emotional that I cried while watching the supposedly funny Shrek movie sequel.
Oh, yes, these are two of my worst flights taken, and let me put it again:
I like airports but I don't like flying - and shall I say it is not good for the earth too?
- Why I'm (Never) Going Digital
I'm not that tech-savvy, I can happily make that confession.
And that confession implies that I have never own an e-book reader, nor am I considering it. In fact, it has never cross my mind.
I am a self-proclaimed avid reader, and having owned a PDA less than four years ago, with considerably large screen I can say that though the technology I used is not at all comparable now, I am not interested in buying an e book reader.
The main reason is that I still need to feel my pencil, pen, or highlighter screeching against the paper. There's a satisfaction that. Just like the satisfaction you can't get my clicking 'done' on you digital personal organiser on your phone, as compared to how you feel when you cross out that completed item on your written little 'to-do' list.
I mean, that's me. Maybe I'm old. Maybe I'm conservative.
And to be honest, I hate to be dependent on the battery life of the gadget. This is nothing environmental, surely. Reading has its own carbon footprint; either you got to have trees fallen down to make books, or papers recycled as an alternative to that, or energy consumed to charge the batteries of the e-reader. No choice.
So if you ask me, I'd say no. It's not in my wishlist, and I can safely say, it'll never be, at least for the next five years.
- If I Could Invent Anything
A car that does not use fossil fuel that is cheap enough for an average person to own.
1. No fossil fuel = less pollution. I'd want to say 'does not use any fuel at all', but let's not defy the law of Nature, so to make this more grounded I'd say no fossil fuel. Less GHG emissions, though this definitely create another problem of space, since everyone can buy it. At least I can skip on pushing for behavioral changes which is slow and more challenging to make and see.
2. Cheap enough = The middle class or lower-class people can own it - because apparently hybrid cars are only for the rich. And the lower classes are forced to use public transport, which for the case of Malaysia, is not satisfactory at all. Everyone wants a car, the fresh grads are wooed to buy a car with these no down payment scheme coming in.
Seriously, this won't solve the problem at the root cause, I know.
But given that...
1. Everyone is crazy about owning a car and cars) as it is still very much associated with status rather than just a mere tool;
2. There is no incentives to induce changes in term of automobiles;
3. Clean-tech cars are of high price;
4. Governments make good money out of toll fares and road tax
This is quite a good 'quick-fix', don't you think?
And it will gives you more of this:
1. More traffic jams
2. Harder to find empty parking lots
3. The price of that 'other' fuel used will be sky-rocketing
Chances are that people are going back to the crappy public transport.
OK, I'm just trying to get my brain working after a super heavy lunch.
- My Favorite Quote of All Time
I came not knowing from where, but I came.
And I saw a pathway in front of me, so I walked.
And I will remain walking, whether I want this or not.
How did I come? How did I see my pathway?
I do not know!
Am I new or am I old in this existence?
Am I free and unrestrained, or do I walk in chains?
Do I lead myself in my life, or am I being led?
I wish I know, but…
I do not know!
And my path, oh what is my path? Is it long or is it short?
Am I ascending in it, or am I going down and sinking?
Am I the one who is walking on the road,
or is it the road that is moving?
Or are we both standing, but it is the time that is running?
I do not know!
Before I became a full human, do you see
if I were nothing, impossible? Or do you see that I was something?
Is there an answer to this puzzle, or will it remain eternal?
I do not know ... and why do I not know??
I do not know!
I believe that if I have not found this quote, I'd have been more or less ranting about the same thing as this poet, named Elya Abu Madhi (not a born-muslim) in the above poem - Al-Talasim, meaning “puzzles".
This is the quote, hence, that changed my life, and I believe, many others, and set things right.
Quran:Chapter 51 (The Winnowing Winds), Verse 56-58:
I created the jinn and humankind only that they might worship Me.
I seek no livelihood from them, nor do I ask that they should feed
Lo! Allah! He it is that giveth livelihood, the Lord of unbreakable might.