the world is flat

Do you like to watch tv series FRIENDS. You know with Ross, Joey, Chandler, Monica, Rachel and Pheoebe. If you don’t, no matter. Im just quoting one scene from their show. Ross found out that Phoebe doesn’t believe in evolution. Well, he tried in many ways to prove to Phoebe that evolution is an idea she MUST accept without a doubt. Here is the transcript of the scene.

PHOEBE: Uh-oh. It’s Scary Scientist Man.ROSS: Ok, Phoebe, this is it. In this briefcase I carry actual scientific facts. A briefcase of facts, if you will. Some of these fossils are over 200 million years old.

PHOEBE: Ok, look, before you even start, I’m not denying evolution, ok, I’m just saying that it’s one of the possibilities.

ROSS: It’s the only possibility, Phoebe.

PHOEBE: Ok, Ross, could you just open your mind like this much, ok? Wasn’t there a time when the brightest minds in the world believed that the world was flat? And, up until like what, 50 years ago, you all thought the atom was the smallest thing, until you split it open, and this like, whole mess of crap came out. Now, are you telling me that you are so unbelievably arrogant that you can’t admit that there’s a teeny tiny possibility that you could be wrong about this?

ROSS: (After a long pause) There might be, a teeny, tiny, possibility.

PHOEBE: I can’t believe you caved.

ROSS: What?:)
/end transcript

The point I want to highlight is we can never assume what we thought or understand is correct and true. Even if the whole world know that 1+1=2, we must always keep an open mind that maybe there are other answers to it. Other view on things should always be considered as “another way to look at it” and not “this idea is ridiculous, go to hell!!”.

Finally, there are still so much we don’t know about the world we live in. Examples are like our minds, the ghost as in my previous post, out conscience, black hole maybe heaven and hell etc.

  • Keep an open mind and be humble with new ideas.
  • We don’t need to accept and agree on everything.
  • What we don’t know doesn’t always be wrong and what we know doesn’t always be right. Who knows in time, we will reach the level of science where we can explain what make us alive or the existence of jinn and satan. 🙂

————— Personal Note ————————–
I’m very sorry this post is not another of my ghost theories. I can assure you, it is very exciting sharing them with you. However the topic may be too heavy for some and it is always my intention for this blog to be light and easy. (just like the radio channel). But if there are demand from fellow friends, I would be delighted to present them to you. :)About FRIENDS – I know somebody might hate them. But I’ve always like to watch the series. They are very refreshing and as you can see… educational 🙂


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This is a continuation of my previous post – My Theory On Ghost

To start, I would like to say that my following points will mainly be based on my knowledge on Islam teaching. Please correct me if I am wrong.

Let me first define what is ghost in malay culture. Typical examples are as follow

  • “Pontianak” – said to be created from pregnant woman killed.
  • “Hantu Susu” – once famous, ghostly woman knocking houses asking milk for her newborn
  • “Hantu Raya” – said to look alike the owner and is super strong
  • “Hantu Tinggi”, “Pocong”, “Hantu Jepun” and many more.

Why do I say, all the defined ghost are not real

  • Pregnant woman killed or died is considered in Islam as “Syahid Kecil” (honoured death). There is no way those who “syahid” will become ghost.
  • “Seksa / Nikmat Kubur” is a very real thing in Islam. It is supposed to be permanent until the Judgment Day. How come human spirit can haunt the living if they are in “Alam Kubur”. If they were tortured, obviously they cannot get out to haunt you. And if they were blessed with pleasure, why would they want to get out. 🙂
  • As mentioned earlier, there is no actual proof that anybody has seen a ghost in their entire life. Stories we heard are almost always about “friend of a friend”. I doubt we can trace back the story to the original person. There are those who claim sensing the presence via voices, shadow etc. I stand by my first theory on this one (please refer to previous post). Jin however is a special case. I will elaborate more on this later.
  • If we monitor the ghost stories all around the world. one thing they have in common, no “hantu susu” is found in England or India and no dracula is found in Kuala Pilah or Tapah :). They are all actually cultural. Meaning, it is created only from stories maybe as a joke or to frighten children for them to be more obedient.
  • Some argue that maybe they are called by different name in different places. “Pontianak” may be known as vampire in certain place. Still the origin tales of vampire is different from “pontianak”. In addition, if vampire did kill people, we should be able to see bloodless bodies everywhere every now and then right?

Now, let me tell you what is real. Hm…….  maybe later, I try to keep my post short and simple 🙂


————— Personal Note ————————–
FYI, before married, I stayed alone in my house. Quite a big house actually and located about 11km in the estate. A jungle, you know how jungle was supposed to be a very spooky place. I heard lots of ghost stories, some specifically about my house. The funny thing is during my three years staying there, I was never afraid or encounter any spiritual stuff. But whenever I watch ghost movie, I mean the scary one, not the chinese ghost hopping around, I suddenly got goosebump and hearing all sort of things. Only when I watch ghost movie. 🙂 Funny right?


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Ghost

Do you believe in ghost? I am actually fascinated by the idea of another creature, Such as ghost. And I come up with a lot of theories to explain them. Here’s one of them.

Theory 1 – Some People Are Just Extra Sensitive
First of all, this is what I believe. I believe that some people are more sensitive than the rest. These are the kind of people who will usually first noticed any change of mood in the people around them. They also usually can sense when accidents is about to happen. Or maybe suddenly wake up at night time just because somebody step into the room (very quietly).

Theory 2 – Emotion Can Be Projected And Received
Second of all, I believe that whenever we cried, people around us will feel the sadness (eventhough they didn’t even see us crying). Vice versa whenever we are happy, suddenly people around us can detect the happiness. My point is, our emotion is actually transmitted out just like a spreading wave (or aura if you want to call it). And people who is the more sensitive will be able to tune in and share the feeling.

Theory 3 – The Existence Of Ghost (1 + 2 = 3)
I must insist that all my belief stated is totally based on my observation and thought. There is no scientific evidence to support them.

So… whenever a person is murdered or die, usually that will be the most intense emotional state for the person in his entire life. With all that fear and the pain, the person is actually transmitting a very powerful emotion out. So this is my theory. The very strong emotion is so powerful that it was somehow absorbed by the surrounding things at the place, trees, house etc.

The sensitive person we talked about earlier will now go to the place, and somehow absorbed this powerful emotion of fear and pain. He/she will be so overwhelmed by it, feeling the same fear and pain as the person who died.

Pretty much the same concept as dream, our brain will project the fear or try to make sense of the emotion and thus created the so-called ghost. The affected person will now see the ghost as if they are a real being and thus possesion occur.

I hope somebody at least can get what I am meaning to say. Any comments? Or do you have any other insights? Do share. 🙂

————— Personal Note ————————–
No, I haven’t seen a ghost. And I plan not to. I think the scariest ghost stories I ever heard is those from high school. One saying that the student went into the toilet and see an old lady washing clothes. The weirdest thing is that the student did not even feel strange as to why there is an old lady in a boy’s hostel. Brushing his teeth very near to the old lady, he started to see flesh and blood from the clothes. And the old lady is actually looking directly at him. 🙂 I just loved high school. They are so creative!!


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A bit rush, I just returned from KL. My wife’s uncle passed away 7am yesterday. He was a vice chancellor for UKM. anyway.. Alfatihah.

I can only make it to the burial ceremony. And one thing I observed is that a lot of people came to pay their last respect. Excluding the family, I can guarantee of at least 30-40 friends came. Obviously the deceased will not know who came and who did not. So I was wondering what’s the reason they came. And I believe it is because of their respect of him.

I then ask myself, if I were to die today, who will come to my burial ceremony? It’s not a matter of pride or anything. I will not be able to boast about the number of attendance to my fellow neighbours then. but it did show how many people’s lives you have touched, be it family or friends.

So my strategy is this

1) Strengthen the bond. I will need to strengthen the bond I supposed to have with my family relatives (menghubungkan silaturahim).

2) Touch their live. maybe find some way to touch their lives (a very broad task). for example, help them when nobody cares. visit them when they are alone etc.

*Actually family wise, I don’t need to attend any burial ceremony to know that family is important. “Family must always come first” has always been my principle in life. Still there is always room for improvement. It is very important also for me to stress that, we should never expect family to pay back any help we had given them. That’s not family, it’s already a “business transaction”.

3)Try to make more friends. So hi! (yes, you, who is reading this) Let’s be friend? 🙂 I can be contact via the comments, shoutbox and preferably my email, which is banjiki@gmail.com 🙂


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