Monday, December 31, 2007

268)Why Easy Nash?; Who the hell is Easy Nash?

I thought I would end the common era year of 2007 by clarifying why I use the cybername Easy Nash. Many of my Facebook friends asked me this same question and eventually I felt obliged to offer up an explanation. A good number of my blog readers are also asking this question and this is the response I gave to my Facebook friends:

"Enough people have asked that I feel I need to respond. When a critical mass of friends ask "Why is your name Easy Nash?", I feel I owe an explanation. This was the response I gave to one friend:

Well, I have some medical problems and my family doctor kept on telling me "You must take it easy Nash". I told him I wanted an expert medical opinion so he sent me to a specialist. As I was leaving the specialist's office, he said "Remember, you must take it easy Nash". Back to my family doctor, who, once again, insisted "You must take it easy Nash".

So, in order to ensure that I heed that advice, I found a way to constantly remind myself about the blogger......Easy Nash the facebook aficionado......"

In truth the very fact that I write this blog is a result of heeding the advice of my doctor, who insisted that I participate in an activity that would prevent my brain from turning into mush. I also sold my house and moved into a condominium that has a heated pool and powerful jacuzzi. With the former I do regular aquatherapy and aquaaerobics to keep my joints fluid and mobile and my ticker at an active clip. With the latter I soften tightened muscles and do autoreflexology and autoacupuncture using the powerful hot jets. Accross the road from me is the most amazing registered massage therapist who affords me a deep tissue massage coupled with physiotherapeutic active muscle strengthening twice a week. All of the above modalities help to better manage my debilitating chronic pain. Most importantly I keep my brain busy and active by writing this blog on a subject that has enthralled, fascinated and preoccupied me since I was a 17-year old undergradutae science student at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in the early 1970s: The Link between Science and Religion in Islam.

In writing this blog, then, I am simply following my doctor's orders.

On this last day of the common era(CE) year of 2007, I would like to wish all my many blog readers on six continents a very happy new year and all the best for 2008. This is also a good time to indicate that all my future blog posts will have a new 4-quote signature that will reflect the more recent emphasis by Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness Aga Khan IV, 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, on the subject of "God's creation":

The Qur’an itself repeatedly recommends Muslims to become better educated in order better to understand God’s creation: Aga Khan IV(2007)
The Quran tells us that signs of Allah’s Sovereignty are found in the contemplation of His Creation: Aga Khan IV(2007)
This notion of the capacity of the human intellect to understand and to admire the creation of Allah will bring you happiness in your everyday lives: Aga Khan IV(2007)
Islam, eminently logical, placing the greatest emphasis on knowledge, purports to understand God's creation: Aga Khan IV(2006)

For my thoughts on the full extent of "God' creation", follow this series of quotes and excerpts that takes you down a continuum of knowledge ranging from transcendental knowledge of the divine to rationally-acquired knowledge:

Fast forward to 2008 and 2009(you can do that on a Blog you know):
The above collection of quotes and excerpts has been vastly upgraded and is now known as Blogpost Four Hundred:

I even have a Blogpost Five Hundred:

Easy Nash aka easynash

Islam, eminently logical, placing the greatest emphasis on knowledge, purports to understand God's creation:Aga Khan 4(2006)
The God of the Quran is the One whose Ayats(Signs) are the Universe in which we live, move and have our being:Aga Khan 3(1952)
Our interpretation of Islam places enormous value on knowledge. Knowledge is the reflection of faith if it is used properly. Seek out that knowledge and use it properly:Aga Khan 4(2005)
All human beings, by their nature, desire to know(Aristotle, The Metaphysics, a few hundred years BC)