The Awesome Sage - By David Hakim

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The Awesome Sage

Several people indicated that I am an "awesome sage."

Not knowing the full meaning of the words, I used the dictionary to define the term as follows:

 

            Awesome means inspiring extreme reluctance to meet or face; veneration; wonder; a fearful reverence inspired by deity or by something sacred or mysterious; wonder tinged with fear inspired by the divine.  A sage is defined as a profound philosopher characterized by wisdom (the ability to evaluate or appraise the significance of worth or status; expression of a great understanding of people and of situations; unusual discernment and judgment in dealing with people; wide experience; great learning; keenness and farsightedness; practical discretion; good sense and rationality; mental soundness; and levelheadedness), prudence (the realistic ability to exercise caution and circumspection as to danger or risk), and good judgment (to form an opinion through careful weighing and testing of premises). 

 

            From the preceding, perhaps others observe me as having the ability to understand and express understanding of reality with the considerable ability to evaluate or appraise the significance of worth or status, to do it with caution and deliberation as to danger or risk, and also to be able to form an opinion through careful weighing and testing of the premises.  Someone might say that my ability is apparently so profound that it evokes wonder tinged with fear inspired by the God within me.

 

            As early as my service in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1961, I noticed that others expressed an intensity of feeling about my knowledge and wisdom.  I even wrote a letter to President Dwight Eisenhower and a paper on understanding this troubled age a short time after the death of his Secretary of State, Dean Acheson.  The president was saddened and appeared to be distraught over Acheson's death, probably because he was relying on Acheson's expertise in administering foreign affairs.  I received a letter in reply from the State Department, stating that the letter was sent to various sections of the department for analysis.  The letter and article stated that prejudice against races and countries should not be permitted because of the basic equality of all. Nations should be permitted to form their own type of government without interference [Prejudice against African Americans was still severe.] The U.S.S.R. is basically a peaceloving nation [as witnessed by their abandoning fighting in World War I and their alliance with the allies in World War II because they themselves were under attack by the Axis]. We should not prejudge the Chinese because they formed a Communist government partly because of the abuse suffered under the previous government. China should be treated with respect because of its tremendous population.

 

There is some indication that the Vietnamese war was delayed about that time.  Could it have been in part because of my letter?

 

Some who read my views cried, because they were frightened by and troubled by world affairs, especially by the A bomb, and were reassured by what I said because they recognized the truth of what I stated.  Of course, if the U.S. Government had followed my views, much tragedy would never have occurred.

 

Some related ideas which I did not set forth at that time were:  McCarthyism, or extreme paranoia against Communism in this country was later determined to be a mistake because the innocent were charged and our basic freedom of expression was not permissible, even though many of these so-called Communists did not believe in the violent overthrow of our government. Much of the world was not then ready for democracy.  Note that the Korean War was substantially started because our Secretary of State immediately before the war stated that we did not have an interest in the preservation of the integrity of South Korea, and we afterwards changed our mind]. Although it appears that subsequent presidents did not follow my advice, my views were later confirmed. 

 

            Before I joined the service, I knew I was intelligent.  While I was in the service, I recognized that I was very intelligent. 

 

            After leaving the service I still decided to pursue medicine as a career.  Because my pre-med grades were less than average because of my previous inability to study, to stay awake, I soon gave up pre-med again [I learned in 2004 that I had sleep apnea].  I planned to pursue political science and law, with my obtaining my degrees from Wayne State University in 1963 and 1966 respectively and getting admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 1967.  My motivation for this was largely a fantastic dream I had about this time:

 

            I was proceeding up a hill.  At certain levels I had friends who smiled and encouraged me, so I proceeded even higher, until I reached the top.  It was impossible to go any higher.   Upon awakening, I received an interpretation, presumably from spirit:  I would become President of the United States, found a strong world state and head it, and toward the end of my life become Pope.  This dream was the determining cause of my choice to become a lawyer.

 

            The dream could be symbolic:  I might not become president, founder of a strong world state, and Pope, but I may be able to influence presidents, aid in creating a strong world state, and reform Catholic and/or world religious beliefs.  These are still some of my dreams.

 

            Ever since being introduced to the ease of writing with a computer, I have really begun to write on many subjects, some of which follow:

 

The Constitutionally of Property Tax as a Means to Finance Public Education (Detroit News, 1992, several months before the partial abolition of the property tax)

 

On Perfectionism (Chaldean Detroit Times, Vol. 4, #77, Wed. 12/15/93, 4)

 

A Layman's Observations on Child Abuse (Chaldean Detroit Times.  The editor, Amir Denha, stated it was published in the first half of 1994)

 

A Layman's Observations on Sexual Abuse (Chaldean Detroit Times, Vol. 5. #88, Sat. 6/18/94, 5)

 

Bias Hate Crimes:  Their Cause and Solution (Chaldean Detroit Times, Vol 100, Monday, 2/27/95, 2).  I received a letter in reply from President Clinton and several other supportive letters.)

 

Dealing with Terrorism and Religious Fanaticism

 

These writings and my poetry inspired the expression  "Awesome

Sage" by my contemporaries.  There still is a possibility of my obtaining a political office, but that is not my quest at this point in time.  Perhaps if I write a book and gain world renown, then I might if I receive adequate support. 

 

            I enjoy being respected for the writings I have created.  I give much of the credit to my spiritual guides or God.  However, inspiring fear from people, possibly because they recognize the deity aiding me, causes me apprehension, because I desire to love and be loved more than anything else.

 

                                                                        David C. Hakim

                                                                        Sterling Heights, MI

                                                                        October 5, 1995