Ramadan Mubarak

Tonight was the night of the new moon, and therefore the first night of Ramadan, the first of the month of fasting. Tomorrow, Saturday, is the first day of fasting.

Fasting, of course, is not simply about the physical abstention from food, but also of controlling one’s lower self, whether in thought or deed. I am desperate need of that sort of re-centering as I hear that the US is considering outsourcing torture; that we are treating our troops with more and more disregard; that people are actively being disenfranchised, and no one seems to care.

I’m glad election falls during Ramadan this year, as I hope it will keep me centered.

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