Reification of feelings and Quran 9:32  

Reification of feelings — the belief that feelings represent reality. From Telling Yourself the Truth by William Backus
Ishmael Abraham ·Reality or truth can cause both positive or negative feelings. William Backus focuses on positive feelings(western half-truthful concept of happiness) caused by truth when one overcomes inaccurate misbeliefs. However, there can be pseudo-positive feelings caused by inaccurate misbeliefs and one must overcome them with indispensable negativity associated with liberating experience of harsh truth. God says in Quran 9:32: They want to extinguish God’s [guiding] light with their utterances: but God will not allow [this to pass], for He has willed to spread His light in all its fullness, however hateful this may be to all who deny the truth. So, some people who start loving the spiritual darkness they live in and start hating God’s Light(Nur).
BillyBob Green Coil · “The most intimate reactions of human beings have been so thoroughly reified that the idea of anything specific to themselves now persists only as an utterly abstract notion: personality scarcely signifies anything more than shining white teeth and freedom from body odor and emotions. The triumph of advertising in the culture industry is that consumers feel compelled to buy and use its products even though they see through them." Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer (1944) The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception Source: most of one chapter from Dialectic of Enlightenment;Transcribed: by Andy Blunden 1998;
Ishmael Abraham ·Orthodox and orthoprax Muslim scholars have always used reverse discourse to deal with criticism of religion. For example, Quran 35:43 teaches that evil schemes befall their authors. God destroyed Marxism and communism in Afghanistan and the same will happen with capitalism. Hadith teaches that Islam will enter every home. And internet will play a great role in making Islam enter every home. We agree with the above mentioned criticism of western culture like personality signifying white teeth only. In Islamic worldview, both white teeth and white tongue signify an ideal personality something which is absent in Christian monasticism which led to rise of secularization in both Eastern and Western Christian worlds. May Allah reify my observations. 🙂


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