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Any dignity left? (December 13, 2008)

 

McCain, that failed specimen of vindictive spirit, thinks that he is in a position to offer valuable wisdom to the Indian people.  McCain is suggesting that the November terrorist attack on Mumbai should be treated in the same manner that Bush Junior performance; he says that the Indian government should attack Pakistan, as if Pakistan is Afghanistan!  There are specimens that never evolve because they cannot learn from failures, especially at an advanced age. 

The concepts of dignity and liberty come in one package deal.  The relative implant of these concepts in the organizational culture guides the trend in any one culture.  You are forced to believe that human dignity and liberty of choices are the main ingredients in an individual belief system.  The mainly unconscious belief system is mostly hard wired in the nervous network that tips the balance on the thousands of daily decisions and only our actions reveal our real values.

            If you tend to accept the above paragraph as making a lot of sense then most probably you have been strongly influenced by the Western colonial culture and tend not to dwell on any definition or discrimination of how dignity and liberty are assimilated and interpreted by other cultures.  In fact, colonialism is fundamentally the imposition of a specific supra-mythical culture on other communities.  Outside the natural sciences, the colonial powers have no interest or need to fine tune the general concepts related to human sciences and much less of dignity and liberty.  The ancient colonial powers are still exercising their influence on other communities and have generally substituted military force by technocracy in banking, monetary reforms, and “world-free” trade and finance, and technology standardization. 

The pragmatic western culture is resuming its well known strategy that says “the best route to transforming other cultures is to install the basic material standards and then, gradually and inevitably, the other cultures will adopt the philosophies of legal capitalism, democracy, modernism, progress and open borders for one world material culture”

Liberty is not just the freedom of selecting a religion or a community to adopt, which is necessary but never sufficient.  A community that values liberty should be ready to genuinely accepts the contributions and values of other religions, traditions and customs. Liberty has for pre-requisite constant dialogue and inter-communication among the various communities and religions. Thus, any belief system is fundamentally wrong because it means to exclude the other beliefs; any reshuffling or modification to a belief system remains wrong no matter what and liberty means accepting variations on sets of values.

 

              There are special individuals like Gandhi and Martin Luther King who are the ultimate political men striving for sainthood through fair non-violent and active struggles for the dignity of the disinherited, the humble, and the common folks. What dignity is there watching swarms of skeletal humans roaming arid and desert lands among calcified carcasses; amid land without a patch of green or a tiny tree on the horizon to taking shelter under, heading toward a camping ground hundreds of miles away for international relief succor?  What dignity is there to experiencing haggard humans fleeing civil war-torn villages to cramp up tent compounds? What dignity when these occurrences are frequent and happening all over the under-developed States?

Respecting human dignity means that we are ready to offer the individual with the tools and opportunities to resume fighting against imminent death, against famine, sickness, oppressions because life is a struggle against the chaos in death.  Respecting human dignity means alleviating the material struggle and thus shortening the necessary resting pauses when people feel the need to believe that destiny is traced at inception: they do at times feel exhausted surmounting artificial obstacles that are not in the nature of things; they do lose confidence in the organizations that constantly defy the processes of living organisms. 

Respecting human dignity is providing the resources to overcome the unnecessary frequent pauses when people are forced to believe in pre-destiny because they are not allowed to experience the little daily pleasures of loneliness, privacy, quality leisure time and self paced working habits.

There is dignity in erecting a school for children so that they might grow with dreams of better opportunities than their present lot.  There is dignity in building a dispensary so that children and the sick grow hope of having their pains alleviated.  There is dignity sharing in the digging of a well and the construction of an irrigation canal, a few necessary infrastructures so that a sense of control over destiny is palpable.  It does not take much investment to increase the level of dignity for changing the mind set to an alternative course for the future.

Man is yet to be formed; man jumped stages and started from considering himself God before he became man.  Man is a sickly creature but is nonetheless constantly inspired by dreams of what he can do and desire to transcend his inadequacies.  Man has proven to stand tall against injustices and fight a non-violent struggle at the expense of his own suffering, pains and even death for the dignity of his fellow man.

Frontiers: costly illusions in lives and economy (December 12, 2008)

The World is divided by 250,000 kms of frontiers among the recognized States.

Since 1991, more than 26,000 kms of new international frontiers have been instituted; a total of 42,000 kms have been delimited by makeshift barriers, electronic fences and the like.

Almost all wars had frontiers as excuses,  when in fact the causes were basically cultural myths and expansionist policies.

Thousands of frontiers are imaginary lines drawn in deserts (in Africa, the Middle East and elsewhere) by the colonial powers of the last century and these colonial powers expect the newly created under-developed States will monitor thousands of imaginary lines.

There are many hot spots in the World using frontiers as excuses; this is an interesting topic for another article.

There are tiny and stupid States that invested billions of dollars to set up fictive barriers on the sand.  For examples:

Kuwait had spent $30 billion for 217 kms barriers over sand with Iraq.

Saudi Arabia spent over $100 billions on barriers over sand to delimit frontiers with Iraq.

The stupidest barrier (over 8 meter high and 800 km long) ever erected is built by the State of Israel to separate the Jews from the Palestinians.

The Ashkenazi Jews (Jews who immigrated from Central and Eastern Europe) are the ones who came with the idea during Sharon tenure.  The Ashkenazi Jews lived in ghettos in Europe and their psychic feels comfortable in a ghetto setting  They don’t care for open horizons or open skies; they need claustrophobic enclosures.

I ask the Sephardic Jews (Jews who emigrated from the Middle East and North African States) to tear down that wall of shame; I tell them “you are not from the same breed or same culture of the warp minded Ashkenazi”.   

The thinker and philosopher Bertrand Russell stated morosely “Peace will return when Earth would be incapable of feeding life


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