On a related note, here is the Elton John report mentioned in the Adele article above : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3638222/Angry-Elton-John-launches-furious-rant-security-guards-stopped-fans-dancing-weekend-concert-leaving-stage-without-playing-encore.html
Bullshit Aikido Masters versus Reality : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFdhoi3wRII
I've said it before and I'll say it again. Morality is an illusion (to be precise, moral absolutism is a delusion, a superior functionality would be moral relativism and moral consequentialism), only Ethics exist. And there will always be ethical dilemmas (or for those stuck in the idea of morality, moral dilemmas), for indeed this is the very nature of physical incarnation, one important modality from which the soul grows through tough decision making and the karma of the consequences.
In this episode, Madam Secretary in order to save the life of an American spy operative captured by the Pakistanis to be executed within 24 hours, wants her husband (a Uni lecturer) to give the Russian Foreign Minister's daughter an A grade for her Uni module, in exchange for the Russian government selling the Pakistani government military technology that they want, in exchange for the life of the American spy operative. Her husband, offended, says No Way, that's just unethical and immoral. See, that right there, is the myopia of moral absolutism. Choosing the path of greater good where it counts the most, that's the definition of good, of ethical good, of moral good (if you insist on morality). A man's life (and likely much more, indirectly) depends on it. No brainer here. Only moralistic fools will see it as a dilemma and struggle with such. At the end of the episode, Madam Secretary herself admits to her husband that she fears this job will end up corrupting and decaying her 'moral fiber' (*rolls eyes*), again, a myopic, silly and dysfunctional idea of morality. It's possible this job allows her to choose unethically, certainly, because that's the point of physical incarnation, to be afforded the opportunity to choose and live with the karma of your decisions. And if she (ie. anyone) so chooses to be increasingly unethical in her decisions, then that's her path, her choice, her karma. Karma considers simultaneously both intention and consequence, not either alone. Morality is a problematic delusion, it doesn't exist. Only ethics and cosmoethics exist, certainly, to which the closest functioning versions of morality to speak of (that makes any sense at all) would be moral relativism and moral consequentialism.
Damn, it sure sucks to be that particular someone, to kena a stroke every 2 seconds... :(
China and Japan threaten to go to war over islands in the East China Sea. USA manages to broker a peace treaty between China and Japan, but at the last minute, a teenage China girl flees to China seeking political asylum (she is an outspoken online critic of China's human rights abuses). China demands that USA hand her over (for detention and torture), or China will refuse to sign the treaty, in which case Japan will declare war on China and USA will be legally obliged, as an ally, to be drawn into war with China. If you were Madam Secretary (who has to make the decision on behalf of the President of the USA, and no it's not Donald Trump, otherwise he'll just tweet insults about China, Japan and the teenage girl not being chio enough), how will you deal with this moral / ethical dilemma?
Interview with Siti Kasim : http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/10-things-about-siti-kasim-lawyer-and-activist
In a nutshell, she says that as a Malay Muslim, she is upset that Malaysian Islam is being influenced or 'corrupted' by Arabic Islam. Both the Sultan of Johor as well as Marina Mahathir, have both (separately) also echoed this lamentation in recent years.
Dr Norshahril Saat of the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute (Singapore government), an expert on the influence of Malaysian politics on Malaysian Islam, gives his analysis on the matter :