April 30, 2014
My English dictionary reads: “High personal standards of what is right and what is wrong used as a guide to behaviour”.
“A guide to behaviour”? How many among the world’s people follow this norm? If we analyse those people who live around us, we may find ourselves lost in thoughts because they may not follow principles in most cases. Is this a consequence of modern life? Or have we forgotten the teachings we inherited from our ancestors?
If we turn our eyes to politicians, then something worse is happening. Corruption has invaded our political ambit, and there seems to be a political trait that those involved commit very important crimes with briberies galore. Briberies that reach astronomical figures.
I remember my young years that there was a saying among the population – saying that I believe is still there – that one did not need more than one month to become rich in politics. That keeps being so nowadays sixty years afterwards.
Politicians in my country hold legislative immunity. They can only be judged by the High Court, something that does not happen anywhere else in the world. I can see that in many civilised countries – those in the so-called West – a politician is bound to step down for any break of an ethical principle. I have seen politicians resign for just lying, something that even happened to a President of the USA.
The ruling party here made pledges in its electoral campaign which it did not comply with once elected. And these were not minor promises as they affected the general welfare of the population and condemned people in general to the lowest poverty indexes we ever had in this country, the number of people on the dole queue reaching six million. If we multiply this number by the average components of each family, the figure we get becomes really spectacular.
But the rich – you know, those whose role in corruption is the most important – are now richer and more powerful.
When are the people in Spain going to awake? I do not dare to say…
December 12, 2009
We still live in the Middle Ages. We still live in a feudal state. We still live like slaves. Differences are that we have been taught to think that we don’t. And we are being kept under this impression wherever we look at in search of the meaning of our life. Politics and religion thrive to keep united, that’s a difference because in olden times they hadn’t to thrive to they just kept united.
Aren’t we subjected to slavery? Yes we are, because anything we do is just to earn money to transfer it to the system. The more we earn the more we spend. Democracy sees to it that we do. It doesn’t matter if we insult openly our leaders, they are cheeky enough to go through it without any problems. The cheekier our politicians the safer they are to be politicians.
Tell me what’s the difference between now and six centuries ago. Those times we were obliged to go to wars to defend the interests of our lords, with the complacency of religion, which then – as now – had something to get out of it. Today there are still people among us who believe in patriotism, much that our “lords” get most of their income by being unpatriotic by moving their enterprises abroad. Globalisation it is called.
The Environment is there to keep us busy. The Media always at work. Did you know that the interment of CO2 was being made in a very few countries to prevent damages to the ozone layer? I, for one, didn’t know, but I now know. And I know now because those who can shake us about at their whim want so. Because it is much better for them to keep the present energy system as it is and try to divert our attention to a new method of disposing of the CO2 which they say is much better because they save lots of money and time. And they keep charging us the astronomical sums reflected in their invoices and bills, when we know that using alternative energy the cost would be lower. And don’t be deluded, burying the CO2 will mean that our invoices and bills will be increased to cover the costs of those burials.
And what do we do about it? Nothing just keep being slaves, vassals and payers of anything they think we must pay.
At least let me vent my frustration. Thank you.
February 14, 2009
An English dictionary: The intelligent or immaterial part of “man” as distinguished from the body//the animating or vital principle in living things.
So far so good. There are other definitions of what a spirit is, but I am very much afraid that they have been taken out of religious texts. Soul is the differentiating trait in human attitudes, as differentiating are the traits in the physiognomy of them, because the rest of the body may present traits which are not standard but this is just not the normal natural aspect of persons.
What does the spirit of a person represent? And how the spirit is achieved? Yes, achieved. Is it a trait God gives to each of us?
I am not intending to mix religions in this post, it would be very daring of me and it would most probably molest many of the potential readers.
Apart from the macho definition of that dictionary I have had for many years now, I am inclined to believe spirit is the part of the human being – woman or man – that concerns their attitude towards life and their fellow persons, or animals or plants within their surroundings, or even themselves.
What one thinks of other is a conception that is derived from one’s spirit. What one feels for another is a sentiment that is derived from the spirit. When one is angry, the spirit is working negatively, when one loves then the work is positive.
Is this the product of education? Yes, in a way. But no, in another way. Education in most times is responsible fo what one thinks is good or is bad. But who or what has decided what is good or bad? In my opinion, nobody or nothing. Yes, good or bad may not have come out of religious doctrines, it is a spiritual sentiment that compels us to feel in a particular way towards our fellow humans, or things or animals or plants.
Religions have those two aspects of our nature in all their teachings, but this has not been because their doctors have come to that conclusion out of their intelligence. Their intelligence is shared by us, normal persons of the street. Trying to impersonate God has also always been one of these doctors’ traits who have believed themselves to be owners of truth, but truth is independent, free and cannot be anybody’s weapon.
God is intangible, God cannot be touched, or understood, anyone that dares to say the contrary is outright wrong.
Who is wrong or who is right? Are men wrong or right? Are women wrong or right? Is sex right or wrong? Which type of sex is right or wrong? Who are we humans to dictate what our spirits decide regarding anything?
These are questions that occur to me very often. The definitive answer has not yet come to my mind – or is it spirit?
January 10, 2009
I am really fed up with everything I read and listen. And suddenly that saying came to my mind and made me think again on what is happening in the world.
I live in Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, once attacked by Admiral Nelson and where he lost his arm and where he had to submit to the islanders and where he and his men( no women then) were cared by the Tenerife people as though they were their best friends. Things that happened then and that ceased to happen since. If I were to go to another Canary Island I would try to behave as those who live in that island behave, because we all have different ways to live and behave.
I wonder why Spanish and other nationalities do not have that way of thinking that was the usual thing many years ago. I remember when I went to Britain I tried to se how British acted and I tried to do what they did. I had no problems whatsoever.
Why colonialists did not act as their colonists acted is a product of human arrogance. Perhaps the people they colonised, morally, were far better than them, but was it religion that made them think otherwise? Or was it education where religion those times had a very important influence? I cannot say.
What I can say is that the powers of the world – where the US, Russia, China and India are included – see themselves as people that can invade and change the conduct of the locals by means that are deceitful – such as the implant of democracy – when what they are after is richness and control of natural resources.
On the other side of the oceans, immigrants want themselves be respected by those who they must respect in the first place. They want that their customs and rites be superimposed to those already in use in the visited country. I wonder whether they would tolerate British or Spanish or Russians or Indians or Chinese to superimpose their customs and habits if they were in the immigrants’ birth lands.
In my opinion this is the responsibility of laws and authorities of the welcoming countries and immigrant minorities cannot by any means demand that the local customs be changed to adapt to theirs.
The invasion of the coalition forces in Iraq was meant to change the customs and rites of that particular country, Democracy was paramount in that invasion, or at least that was the excuse. We all know what was really behind it.
Palestine is today the word in vogue. The State of Israel , as we all know, usurped the Palestinian lands, and it tries by all means to become the overwhelming power in the region. Instead of acting as Palestinians do Israel has wanted to impose its views and opinions and, most dangerous of it all, its concept of religion – often used with biased intentions – over the other religions of the zone, the Christian religion included although Israel has been wise enough to use Christianity for its own aims. Once and if everything is solved to Israel’s satisfaction we will then see Cristianity become another enemy of the Zionist State.
But coming back to Europe, my question is the question that every European asks themselves: why the immigrants do not respect the laws that are in force in the visited country? They were not called to be there, therefore they should take that circumstance into account.
The Law and its servers must see to it that those laws be respected, using all the means on hand, disregarding what the visitors may have in their minds as to the ways of living in the new country.
Elections, votes, parliaments, etc., are there for something. Or aren’t they?
What I can see from my sad chair is that everybody wants to deceive everybody using the methods everybody lays at their disposal to that end. If the word is racism, then racism will be the excuse. If the word is ethnic cleansing, then this will be the excuse
December 22, 2008
I am really worried about the turn people’s opinions are taking about new situations in the world today, and they all have been as a consequence of frustrations with our own politicians that have failed us outright. We are disappointed with what we believed to be the panacea for our ills.
Democracy has become our demon, because that Democracy we thought to be our salvation less than a century ago, is showing now that it has been placed at the disposal of those it was meant to fight against.
As a result of this, we have turned our eyes towards far places : China, India, Russia; places that news that now reach us more easily than it used to be tell us are thriving in the economies of today. What old doctrines seemed to us – because it so was taught us at the time – the works of the Devil, are now ended and the countries that held them have become the paradigm of our ideals. But people in those countries have not changed, well at least they have changed in ideals but I am sure they persist in their ambitions, as we also do.
What has happened for this to be so? What phenomenon has compelled us to forget the old ideas and made us stick to the new system that those old enemy countries have adopted – apparently of course because their leaders still have the same ambitions the old idealists had?.
We should not admire those countries, we should try to make ours the best places to live in, with the best economic, healthy conditions that we have all the time pursued in our lives.
Amen. And excuse me for having turned so nationalistic but I am starting to believe that we should first of all make our home habitable.
January 24, 2008
Anticant has started a campaign for Peace in the World which I heartily support.
I invite all readers to join and spread the news around.
December 11, 2007
I find it advisable and opportune to reprint here this Declaration that so much was sought after and so much has been neglected – in some cases hated – by those whose duty it is to uphold it around the world.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights – English (English)
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,
Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,
Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,
Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,
Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,
Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in cooperation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,
Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,
The General Assembly,
Proclaims this Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.
All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.
Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.
- Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.
- No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.
- Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each State.
- Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.
- Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.
- This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
- Everyone has the right to a nationality.
- No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.
- Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
- Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
- The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.
- Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.
- No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
- Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
- No one may be compelled to belong to an association.
- Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.
- Everyone has the right to equal access to public service in his country.
- The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.
Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.
- Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
- Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
- Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
- Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.
Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.
- Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
- Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.
- Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
- Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
- Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.
- Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
- Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.
Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.
- Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.
- In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.
- These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.
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October 23, 2007
This is copypasted from Richard’s forum http://gatwickcity.phpbb3now.com/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=148&p=859#p859 because I felt I could use your wise thoughts in trying to find out what our spirits are.
Spirit? What is spirit? Can we consider spirit the innermost arcane in the human being which conditions our so-called heartfelt behaviour? Is it really mysterious or is there any explanation to give about the spirit?
If blood does not circulate in our brains it seems our spirit suspends its activity. I say it seems because nobody so far – correct me if I am wrong – has established as a fact that the blood has nothing to do with the functioning of our brain, in fact a simple, minute clot can do the task of suppressing any neural feelings in our body, whilst we are not sure whether the spirit goes on “working”.
So must we consider that that spirit is in fact a condition inherent to the human anatomy related to the blood stream and the complicated system of veins and arteries that is a fundamental part of our organism?
One other aspect to be considered is that human being born with unusual impediments, such as Down Syndrome individuals, impediments that the Science has not been able to find a solution to. Are these human beings born with the same type of spirit we are born with?
And what about what education, breeding does to the human being as far as the spirit is concerned? Why are we not all equal in that connection? Are we born all equal, generally speaking, and our behaviour is conducted by the education we receive and the experiences we live along our lives or are there differences in the way we are conceived?
Sorry, friends. Too many questions.
Thank you for your patience.
October 22, 2007
Are we free? Do we really use our free will? What is freedom?
People speak of freedom as though it were something tangible, something that we have a right to, and I often wonder whether this is truly so. My conclusions always are it is not.
To be free we must have an absolute capacity to behave without any kind of interferences from anywhere or anything or anybody. And this is in practice clearly impossible. Something or somebody will always influence our freedom, no matter how proud we may be of wielding the ideals of liberty. There is no such.
Our right to freedom is also hampered by our duty to coexist. In a way coexistence limits our liberties, which is not in itself negative but suggests our dreams of liberty are nothing but that, dreams.
Democracy also seems to give us a charter to behave as we freely like. Let us not delude ourselves: democracy is illusory, it does not exist, it is not our daily way of existence or coexistence.
There exist influential factors in everything we do, even in our thoughts, they are all affected by external circumstances, by education, by the reading we do or the news we hear or read, by our environment, by Nature, by our families and friends, by the laws which presumibly are enacted to strengthen our liberties but which ultimately constrain them. In actual fact we are living a life of oppression, an oppression that ends up by making us slaves of the circumstances.
Long back in time man and woman were not free either, they did not have an education to go by. Today we do, most of us, have an education, have read multitude of books by learned persons whose principles we have been assimilating gradually, or rebutting in a limited scale. Why? Because our education has not been wholesome, has not been leading us to think for ourselves, it has been an education, generally speaking, conducive to our leaning on those principles which, it has been found out with time, are prejudicial for our free thinking and liberties.
It is time for the world to get aware what is the line of conduct suitable to a better coexistence, to ignore the sirens’ songs of those politicians whose aim is just their own egotistical interest, and try to unite with those people whose ways of thinking are similar in a effort to overcome the ever increasingly overwhelming dictates of our leaders.
Dictates that are meant to coerce our liberties and thoughts.
September 30, 2007
Where is the sin in sex? Ah! Sin, that word that assails woman and man continuously regardless of what sin really means. Religions have dictated strict measures for their followers to interpret the sense of sin. There is no way to escape their interpretation of what a sin is and how it should be avoided. Religions as we all know are based on fear of an after life.
I remember a funny story of a very chaste lady who died and went straight up to heavens, there to find that many other women of doubtful chastity also had been admitted. Upon asking she was told that having sex promiscuously was not a sin.
Who is the owner of truth in this Earth of ours?
Sex is one of the most important perks of our life. Without sex we are subject to be the prey of some important illnesses, as with sex we may able to experience illnesses of a different nature if we are not careful enough, but sex is something we have been created with and we cannot ignore. Having sex is tantamount to having food, to washing, to walking, thinking, in sum to all the needs that being alive imply.
There is a mandatory precept in religious books : grow and multiply yourselves; religions only think of themselves without the merest attention to anyone’s personal needs. There are religions that have implemented the biblical mandate to have sex with the corresponding reservations that are suitable to the particular religion. Sexual ablation or periods when sex is not permitted are rife everywhere, but in my opinion the concept of sin cannot be applicable to a woman’s or a man’s libidos because sex in itself is something that has been conferred upon us since we have been born and there is the freedom inherent to the person to use it however that person deems convenient. One other thing is the freedom of the human being to procreate or not. By the way when religions were conceived hundreds, or thousands, of years ago there were not the requirements a human being encounters these days, and that I know for religions to change a cataclysm must occur in the religious ambit.
Don’t be gullible or naive. Use sex and enjoy it as best you can.
Respect is another side of the question, if there is not any respect among us then sex can be catastrophic.
As catastrophic as the lack of it is in other aspects of our life.