The Relativity of Truth

Sufi Ways

by Ali Hammad

In The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether, Edgar Allan Poe relates the story of a lunatic asylum where the patients have taken over, but the visitors to the asylum are unable to discern the switch.  The narrator of the story is unable to recognize that the superintendents are the actual inmates, and vice versa.

The story, I think, is a call to examine the relativity of sanity and, too, of truth itself.  That truth may be relative isn’t a new idea.  Many have propounded it. Protagoras, an ancient Greek, may have been one of the first ones.  Some of his views are documented in an eponymous dialogue within Plato’s Dialogues.  But the views that I find the most engaging are those of the Sufis.

Here’s a Sufi tale.  Once a prophet told a man of an impending change in the nature of…

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TV Show: Meet my hubby

My sister, the interviewer! Wow! BOL from Tara!

The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap


Free Assistance via Self-Help Legal Clinic


Hosting the head of The Canine Adoption Rescue League, Mary Saputo (August 25, 2013)

Being interviewed by Ken McAlpine (writer for National Geographic) on Lesbians in history, writing and animal rescue: (May 11, 2013)

I have finished my two auditions and they liked my interviewing! I got the volunteer job. I’m scheduled to interview someone from the Ventura Cancer Society to talk on taking the fear out of hearing, “You’ve got cancer.” That will happen in April next year. Meanwhile, I’m on call as a stand-in if another host can’t show.



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Just Bliss

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Mix a gram of dalchini/cinnamon powder with a teaspoon of honey to** cure cold.  Prepare a cup of tea to which you should add ginger, clove, bay leaf and black pepper… This should be consumed twice a day.. Reduce the   intake as the cold disappears.* **

Ginger tea is very good to cure cold. Preparation of tea: cut ginger into small pieces and boil it with water, boil it a few times and then add sugar to sweeten and milk to taste, and drink it hot.

Add a gram of turmeric (haldi) powder to a teaspoon of honey for curing dry cough. Also chew a cardamom for a long time.

For blocked nose or to relieve congestion, take a table spoon of crushed carom seeds (ajwain) and tie it in a cloth and inhale it.

Add a tea spoon of cumin seeds (jeera)…

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Buy (RED) – A Powerful Way Consumers Can Support the End of AIDS


During my visit to the Social Good Summit in New York City last month, I attended a meeting with a group of bloggers to learn more about (RED), a division of the ONE Campaign that works to eliminate AIDS through consumer activism. (RED) was founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver as a way to engage people and businesses all over the world to fight the greatest challenge of our time – the fight to end AIDS.

(RED) partners with some of the world’s leading brands to offer a changing collection of  iconic (RED) products triggering a unique way of consumer activism:  With each purchase of a (RED) product 50% of the proceeds are donated to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria which saves 100,000 lives a month.

What is so exciting about (RED) is that they make it so incredibly easy for consumers to give…

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