To Remember

11 09 2010
  1. Sometimes, it takes courage to say you’re scared.
  2. Most of the important things in our lives were given the name “important” for contextual reasons, the few left important things that stay important regardless the time/situation should be given another name…and another treatment.
  3. A mind is a terrible thing to waste. Also, a waste is a terrible thing to mind.*
  4. You don’t fully control your life, but you sure do control how react upon this fact.
  5. Sometimes, the hard questions in 1) science, 2) religion, and even 3) personal life are not hard because the answers are hard to find, but because the will of finding answers is non-existent.
  6. Every man, no matter how his surrounding may look like, was given a non-small number of chances of peeking into someone else doing the right thing. Your initial conditions don’t matter. What you decide to do after every peek it what really matters.
  7. You never know.
  8. Avoiding the things that -sooner or later- you’re doomed to encounter is not only a bad habit, but in most cases, it empowers such things.
  9. People are torn between understanding life on a hand, and learning how to live it on the other hand. They tend to lean to the latter.
  10. Wanting to fix everything is a virtue…Believing that you can fix everything is a vice.
  11. People are good at practicing fear.
  12. Money is overrated.
  13. Some solutions, even in science, start by the assumption that you’ve already fixed it.
  14. There is a thin line between an Idiot and a Believer.
  15. If you can’t find time to ask yourself what exactly you are currently doing, know that you are doing something you shouldn’t be doing.
  16. If you fail to respect others, others will fail you eventually. Guaranteed.
  17. On the other hand, expecting from people more than what they already expect from themselves can truly push them to meet your expectations. But not always.
  18. If you don’t like what you’re doing but it’s giving results. Make sure you understand the compromise.
  19. If you like what you’re doing and it’s not giving results. Take some time, and realize how lucky you are.
  20. If you can’t picture it in your mind, you won’t ever be able to do it.
  21. Never fight with a pig. You both get dirty and the pig enjoys it.*
  22. Religion got nothing to do with science; using one to prove or disprove the other is a waste of time.
  23. Our subconscious un-phrased dreams are much vivid and more powerful than the declared ones.
  24. Maintaining your Integrity is mostly important because at some day you will get old and end up to stuck with yourself, and you don’t want to stuck with someone with no integrity.*
  25. Too cheap and too expensive both are bad deals. It applies to people as well as to products.

Reda Maged


* marks for said by someone else




6 responses

11 09 2010
Menna Gamal

Quite interesting. I really like and agree with a lot of them.
I suggest you keep updating this … I’m sure you’ll keep bumping into similar rules -if that’s the right expression to use- 🙂

18 09 2010

Thought I’d pass by after you left a comment on my blog.
I find your blog filled with interesting posts that I have yet to read. But for what I have read, I agree with most of your writings.
Keep up the good work.

18 09 2010
Reda Maged

@yemenia, thanks for the passing by and the nice words. You’re welcome at anytime.

13 03 2012

For the point 22, before I can say that I’m not completely convinced by this sentence. So, can you explain more what do you mean?

13 03 2012
Reda Maged

Using Science: you can NOT prove or disprove that God exists.
According to the scientific method ( you should be able to “Physically detect” Allah in order to acknowledge its existence, you should also be able to execute practical tests and experiments that proves so, such test should be “reproducible”. Till this day, the Scientific Method invited by humans fails to provide answers whether God exists or not.

Using Religion: you can NOT prove of disprove scientific theories.
Qurran (and all other holy books) is not a scientific books. There isn’t engineering laws and equations in Quraan that can help you build a skyscraper, or design a rocket ..this is totally out religion’s scope. Using religion to prove or disprove scientific theories is a wrong practice that has always ended up with disasters. Examples include the roundity of the earth, evolution, the size the universe, and many others…using a religious “interpretation” in trying to accept or refuse theories based on the Scientific Method is similar to answering an exam question based on your cat’s tail movements 😀 …in both cases you will look like a superstitious ignorant person 🙂

The statement #22 in not only backed by the logic and facts above, it’s also backed by the religion itself in Surat Al-Qassas:
إِنَّكَ لَا تَهْدِي مَنْ أَحْبَبْتَ وَلَكِنَّ اللَّهَ يَهْدِي مَنْ يَشَاءُ
Stating that there is no “human known method” to make people believe. If there was a reproducible method that can be applied on every human, then we would have used it to convert the whole globe. While in fact, a Religious Belief is something that got nothing to do with logic or earthly sciences, it is something that works on another level, on the level of hearts and souls.

Cheers 🙂

13 03 2012

I agree with the fact that Religion and Faith can’t be described by scientific method. They are touching deeply our hearts BUT 😉

Science is more general, it is not limited to the scientific method. Science is not only about the method that human being uses to interpret the scientific facts. Science is also searching and discovering without limits…

I think that the statement #22 could give the feeling that Religion is weak and it has nothing to do with Science and logic 😦

However in my opinion, Religion and Science are not separated but there is a deep connection between the two of them. To talk in a general way, let me use the word Faith instead of Religion…

1) Using Science: Every day we discover a new scientific fact in different domains: about the earth, the plants, the medical issues…etc and then we found that this was already written in the Qu’ran (as an example of a Divine Book).

2) Using Faith: till now there are many words and situations in the Qu’ran that we don’t understand, we can’t find a logical reason, but we accept to obey because we have Faith in God that pushes us. And then the human resources are developed and by Science we discover the logical reason behind every order of God.
The work of Dr. Zaghloul El-Naggar is based on finding this relation, this connection between Faith and Science. Another example is the TV program of Dr. Moustafa Mahmoud, called “Science and Faith”. So, when we find this relation:
– it makes some of the unbelievers, especially the scientists…..believe…. 🙂
-it strengthens the faith of the believer…. 🙂

As you said, we can’t use Science to “Physically detect” the presence of God BUT by Science, we can “Physically detect” the facts that GOD has described in the holy books which proves the existence of God, right?

3) Also, in order to have Faith, the one has to have the feelings, hearts, soul (like you said) but it has to be mixed with Science, logic, thinking, knowledge…
Dr. Moustafa Mahmoud used this mixture in his books, “My journey from Doubt to Faith” and “Dialogue with My Atheist Friend”. This mixture that talks to the brain (using Science) and touches the heart (using the Quranic Tone as you described it).

Before, we said that Religion and Science have different roads…
Nowadays, we found there are some points of intersection between them…
One day (insha Allah), I think we will find that they have exactly the same road…

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