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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Paul Potts: When dreams come true


There are no words, really...



... except that I cry every time I watch it!...

Two interesting Dilemmas


[ ]Alberto Giacometti once put a question that became legendary:
[ ]"There is a burning building and, before it collapses, you can
save only ONE, between a cat and a 'Rembrandt'. What would you save?"

Giacometti voted for the cat and so would I. The reason for this is that if you devalue life, even that of a lowly cat, then all art becomes fake, hypocritical, irrelevant.

The second dilemma has many versions, two of which are:
[ ]
"If, by pressing a button, you would become extremely rich, but at the same time a number of total strangers on the other side of the world would die, would you press it?"

OR

[ ]"If you had to choose between the death of your most beloved person and a million strangers on the other side of the world, what would you choose?"


The "obvious" choice, of course, is the "politically correct" that spares the lives of our foreign brothers and sisters, but think about this:
How many of our everyday actions and luxuries take place at the expense of the well-being, or even the lives of other people, especially in poor, Third-World countries?

My special thanks to Nikos Dimou

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Eggs...


Eggs? Yes, EGGS.
I recently had something of a mild shock, which, of course, fed me (no pun intended) with an interesting lesson.
I have been eating eggs my entire life (something more than thirty earthtrips around the Sun) and I only recently learnt that commercial eggs are generally not a product of fertilization, because chickens' production of eggs are something naturally occurring to them! (Like women's menses)

Well, believe it or not, that was something new to me, and I boast for my fair education!

That occurrence teaches us two things:

1) We, city people, are extremely removed from nature.

2) We should never take anything for granted, unless we have cross-referenced it.

Myanmar: Mea Culpa


This post is made to rectify a certain fallacy that I committed in a previous post.

What I wrote there was that Myanmar has no natural resources, exploitable by the "Powers That Be" of the world, in order to invade and "rescue" them from the inhuman military regime.

That, of course, is plainly not true. Myanmar is a very rich country, not only having precious stones and oil beneath its soil, but also exporting illegal (but profitable) drugs and rice due to the fertility on it.

That
is certainly not an invitation to foreign powers to invade and violate yet another rich country with poor inhabitants! It merely adds the question why they did not (previous Vietnamese mishaps, maybe? Or is it inconvenient to the new superpower?)

And I DO maintain that Myanmar's regime is INHUMAN.

I wish courage to our faraway, fortune-stricken brothers and sisters...

Monday, June 2, 2008

Individual Worlds


Each and every one of us can be considered to be an entire and full World, with our own, separate Laws and Values that permeate us and govern our way of life.

There is, however, a certain vagueness separating "I" from "We" (to the extend that they exist, of course).

Where does the "
Individual" end and the "Member of the society" begin?
To what extend the "
Single Person" (or several people) shapes "Society" and to what extend Society shapes us, as Individuals?

If every person is a whole World, then how easy or hard is it for two (or more) worlds to find "common ground"
(no pun intended) and (more or less) get along?

And how possible is it for a World to be quite alien to all the others?

EVERYTHING happens here