Thursday, 31 May 2012

One Magic Dragon: OUR TIMES

One Magic Dragon: OUR TIMES: At times it can be difficult to understand what is happening in our world. Seems that things can go round and round in circles. We had...

OUR TIMES

At times it can be difficult to understand what is happening in our world.
Seems that things can go round and round in circles. We had the Crusades were European knights went to fight to the Holy land. Of course it was due to religious believes, (plus control of commercial routes and goods). Now, the European soldiers and the American too have been back fighting in the Middle East. Of course it is due to foster democracy, (plus control of oil and other commercial goods).

We can see the same kind of struggle at a different levels. For example, our present day materialism with all its financial and employment crisis against a deeper sense of community, of common good and care for humanity and the planet. They are aspects of the same age long struggle. A conflict that is as much universal as it can be personal.
Haven't we learned our lesson? Are we still doing the same thing over and over again and again?

I really don't believe so. It could only appear as a circular motion if we don't go deeper into the root causes of it all. Humanity has evolved. Human consciousness has evolved. I am sure that the awareness and consciousness of the soldiers and the societies that they belong to have a different understanding of war and all of what it entails.

GWF Hegel said that whatever happens in the world we see is due to the expression of a deeper reality, and idea that is embodied and manifested. This idea (and its manifestations) encounter other ideas and confront one another. It is a dialectical conflict, an encounter between a thesis and its antithesis. From this encounter, a new stage is found. A higher stage; synthesis. Then, the synthesis expresses itself as a thesis and it is again manifested in different levels to find (create) its antithesis. Through this constant process consciousness is developed and achieved. It is the purpose of human existence.
So, there are no two events that are the same for the idea and the consciousness gained are at a different (higher) level of existence.

From this philosophical point of view, confrontation and change are a must that constitute history. The confrontation does not have to be embodied as an armed conflict, as war, but then sometimes it does. In that sense wars and confrontation do have a purpose and they bring about change. Mind you, I am the last to excuse or support a war, but it does shed some light and hope in trying to understand what is happening. As human consciousness grows, the confrontations and their embodiments or manifestations will tend to be less important on a physical plane. It will be the mind the field of confrontation and understanding to achieve a new stage or synthesis. Sadly, we haven't reached that stage yet, but it is obvious we are on our way.

Every time we try to find meaning, to dig and find deeper causes we aid progress and human consciousness to gain a new synthesis. That is how powerful thought can be. That is why as we humans evolve and use or mind more and more to understand, to find meaning and to express and create concepts (reality), the better off we will be.
Many of the social changes happening at the so called Arab Spring, or the students protest in Canada, the Occupy movement in the USA, the European population questioning the austerity measures and the economic system, the evolution that China is showing and many more examples are proof of a larger social awareness and evolution. We need the political, the justice, the economic systems to be up to the challenge of our times. We need a different free press, a different understanding of what education should be. We need a different relationship with our environment, with the planet, with all sentient beings (aren't they all sentient?). These changes are happening. The thesis are being confronted by antithesis to find a new stage. We don't need to despair. We can be hopeful. There is a lot we can do. For example, search for deeper meanings, become much more mental in our understanding and express with respect and an open mind our ideas to move on the consciousness path. Every individual gain is also a collective gain, a step forward.

Hegel was questioned: “What if reality is not as you describe it?” He answered: “All the worst for reality then”. Not that he was to cocky and self assured. He meant, that behind illusion and its fear, there is a deeper cause and meaning, a System that rules change and evolution. We need to find and link to those deeper causes and work with the deeper System.
How similar is this to what the Ancient Wisdom has been saying for so many centuries! No worries, we are learning. From our mistakes at times, but we are learning and evolving for sure.


PS Sorry for the over simplification of Hegel's thoughts and the differences it has with the Ancient Wisdom but it was a need to make this a post and nothing more.


Monday, 7 May 2012

Greek, French, Brits and ...


Interesting what is happening in Europe now. It could probably also give some clues to what may happen in the US in the coming elections (or in any other county for that matter). More so if there was as much “freedom” of choice or alternatives as in some European countries.

France has a new left wing president: Monsieur Hollande. Many may believe that he is another leftist that will run the country economy to the ground. To others another president that will be “forced” to yield to international financial interests. To others he may be a new opportunity for change. Change? Yes, from the way the Global crisis has been dealt with. “We'll pay, but growth ( that is employment and social services) come first.”
Who knows how this man, that has never held an elected office before, will turn out to be. That is for the future to clarify. What is important is that he has upset the traditional French elections in the sense that a candidate that is in office has not lost elections since the 1980's. This has happen because the French saw the need for change in the way things are run. No more business as usual. The people, the French people are willing to take the gamble for a different option. Seems that to them the opinion of the Grading Agencies, International Bank assessments and the Investors fear creating speeches are not that important. All of them can wait their turn, the people come first. They have a big enough economy, among other things, to take such a stance. Good for them.

Then come the Greeks. Their economy and general situation is the opposite as that of the French, yet, the also upset the elections and decide not the give their vote to the two main parties that have been doing and following the “business as usual” prescriptions handled out by International Financial Institutions, Banks and Grading Agencies among others. Why would they when doing so implies the lost of a generation, general poverty, lack of basic social services...? Why should they when the last huge “financial help” they got did not go into their government accounts but directly to pay Goldman Sachs! Yet, they have to pay for that financial bailout that went into Goldman Sach's and not for Greek education, or other basic social services.
Are they at risk of being kick out of the European Community? Well, maybe, but things could not be worst that the option they had before the elections. But, will they be kicked out of the EU? It is not that easy; how will they pay their debt then? Who can and will “control” their economy then? (no matter how big or small, successful or unsuccessful it becomes). Will they then become a poor country in the Mediterranean (they already are), and thus an interesting investing opportunity that can not be missed? This will give them income in exchange! So, if you are declared dead, taking any changes does not seem suicidal, at worst you will be deceased (as you where) but maybe, up for a new different life. Interesting alternative for other countries within the EU ( Italy? Spain? Portugal?....) Would there be an EU then? Will this benefit the world economy? Certainly not. The Greeks, like the French know that they have some kind of saying in the International Economy and Finance Worlds. They have step out of the fear prophecies and face the doom and gloom straight on.

Then the English elections in which the Coalition Government, run mainly by the Conservative Tory's received a major slap in the face in favour of Labour when there was no other option, or for independent candidates where they had a real chance. Seems the British in their elections did what the French and the Greeks did: telling their government that the cut, cut and cut politics to ensure and a peace International Banking, Rating Agencies and Financial Institutions is not the main issue in the agenda. It is employment, growth, and public services what matters. As a Tory MP recently said: “We have to listen to the people, we have to change, it is employment, health and education what matters.” Aren't you glad that an elected member of Parliament that is in power suddenly realised that their duty is to listen to the people? Wow! What a discovery. Could he be a candidate for a Nobel Price (any for that matter, such enlightenment and sudden display of wisdom in public should grant him one).

It appears as the fear mongers, the speakers for world disaster, the following of what is good for the International Financial and Banking Institutions as the only means of salvation has been questioned by French, Greeks, Brits (no wonder the Scots want Independence), and maybe by many others as soon as they have a chance to cast their vote.
Seems “business as usual” is beginning to get more complicated for those that benefit from it so easily. For those that needed bailing out by the people and then turn around and now tell the people what to do with their money and how to run their wealth: give it to us, pay back, now! The Greek huge debt is smaller that what some banks got as a bail out. Funny, it was ( it is) more important to save a bank that a country! That “principle” is exactly what the French, the Greeks, the Brits, have questioned and decided against. Yes, duties and obligations will be fulfilled but not at the cost of a lost generation, of general poverty, of soaring unemployment, of police forces (see Russia and America, among other examples) sent against the people they ought to protect and serve. Let's get first things first and then deal with the rest. Banks and International Financial Institutions will get their benefits but not as ransom or by black mailing fear monger but from the wealth and growth created by the people when they have a chance to do so.

The world appears to be more sensible than thought about a few days ago. There is hope. The people, “the masses” do have wisdom and will and at the end of the day, they do run the show. The system has to adapt and evolve or it will seal its end, sooner than later.

That said, lets see what the ones that benefit from the “business as usual” way have tucked under their sleeves. A new war? A new terrorist attack? A new world shortage of basic goods (oil, water, food,...)? A new terrible epidemic?
Well, we can see them coming. We will know as soon as they start their new publicity stunt.
For now, the world is a better place and it will continue to evolve. Regardless.

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