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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Dalai Lama Just Told the World to Stop Praying for Paris

Photo: Yancho Sabev
Carey Wedler

(ANTIMEDIA) In the Western world, the Dalai Lama is best known for promoting consciousness, self-evolution, and inner peace. Though he is an outspoken activist for freedom in his native country, Tibet, he rarely speaks on global political affairs. In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, however, the Buddhist leader shared an astute and vital perspective on the state of the world—one reached through spiritual beliefs rooted in peace and humanity.

Asked about Friday’s terrorist attacks during an interview with German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, the Dalai Lama downplayed the power of pleading with deities. “We cannot solve this problem only through prayers,” he said, possibly referencing worldwide calls to #PrayForParis. I am a Buddhist and I believe in praying. But humans have created this problem, and now we are asking God to solve it. It is illogical. God would say, solve it yourself because you created it in the first place.”

Noting that people want to live peaceful lives, he dismissed Friday’s terrorist attacks as “short-sighted,” suggesting this mentality contributes to many suicide bombings. Though the Dalai Lama did not further analyze the causes of last week’s attacks, he acknowledged the problem of chronic aggression around the world.

The twentieth century was a violent one, and more than 200 million people died due to wars and other conflicts. We now see a spillover of the previous century’s bloodshed in this century,” he said. One estimate suggests his figures are low and that governments killed over 250 million of their own people alone last century.

When the interviewer suggested his sentiments of peace, love, and compassion have fallen on deaf ears around the world, the Dalai Lama declined to entertain a pessimistic view. “I disagree. I think that only a small percentage of people subscribe to the violent discourse,” he said. “We are human beings and there is no basis or justification for killing others. If you consider others as brothers and sisters and respect their rights, then there is no room for violence.”

Rather than dwell on the small minority of violent instigators, the Dalai Lama focused on solutions. “If we emphasize more on nonviolence and harmony, we can herald a new beginning,” he said. He also cautioned against failing to work toward this ideal: “Unless we make serious attempts to achieve peace, we will continue to see a replay of the mayhem humanity experienced in the 20th century.”

The Tibetan native was forced to flee his homeland amid a 1959 uprising against the Chinese government, which invaded the region in 1950. He still lives in exile in India but has long been an advocate for peaceful resolution of the conflict—even as Chinese authorities have attempted to replace him with a “communist-approved alternative.” Discussing the Tibet-China conflict, he maintained his view that “we are living in the 21st century and all conflicts must be resolved through dialogue, not by force.”

Living by his own words, he expressed that if Tibetans decide they no longer want his leadership, he will step aside. “In 2011, I officially announced that it was up to the Tibetans if they wanted to keep the institution of the Dalai Lama,” he said. “If the people think that this institution is no longer relevant, it should be abolished. I am no more involved in political matters. I am only concerned about Tibet’s well-being.”

In spite of his distance from politics, he continued to emphasize the importance of peace to the survival of humanity:

We need a systematic approach to foster humanistic values, of oneness and harmony. If we start doing it now, there is hope that this century will be different from the previous one. It is in everybody’s interest. So let us work for peace within our families and society, and not expect help from God, Buddha or the governments.

He also echoed an inclusive sentiment the world undoubtedly needs to hear, saying “the problems that we are facing today are the result of superficial differences over religious faiths and nationalities. We are one people.”

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

On When the Environment is Merely Collateral Damage and Lives are Lost

Photo: Agência Brasil - Dam Rupture
For this blog post:

List environmental disasters, from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, and over in other continents;

Analyse their effect on wildlife and on the people directly impacted;

Write a few words on the inability of big businesses to anticipate such occurrences and how they resort to public relations to cover up, mitigate, or obliterate their responsibility. How the judiciary is brought into the mix to put things right and apportion blame or acquittal through class-action suits, etc;

Suggest alternatives, if any, for future reference, and how they will fall on deaf ears thereby yielding no result, given that so many have happened all over the place.

Use as an anchor the recent events in the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil, when a BHP Billiton-Vale tailings dam burst and the subsequent toxic mudslide razed a village to the ground, literally.

And how in this particular case, folks are left to rebuild what little they had and to grieve over lives they will never see again.

Friday, July 3, 2015

On When Love Knows no Bounds

When people are allowed to express what they store in their hearts, things flow more freely and folks are able to achieve more. Pent-up emotions and repression have never been kosher. They will never be.

When people are not allowed to grow to their full potential due to various obstacles such as ideological constraints, they become sad and disheartened. Not good.

Luckily for the LGBTI's in the United States, the Supreme Court there has recently acknowledged this fact and have, in a landmark ruling, made gay marriage a reality in the whole 50 states. Not that everything is a bowl of cherries now. Extremists are not taking this lying down.

It does not matter; that is, it matters for those who have directly been affected by the decision. This is what one fellow blogger, Kyle, over at Out Left had to say on the recent developments:

"Celebrate today. Breathe. It is a wonderful achievement as LGBTQ Pride Month comes to a close, but do not forget the sweat, blood, and lives lost over the last century to get to this point. This moment was not free. It had high costs. Go into tomorrow prepared to fight. Now the really, really hard work starts. Fill your lives with love and happiness and watch out for each other. That's the best way to deal with our opponents and the best way to fill the coming decades and build our continuing legacy."

Cheers to all those who are now celebrating and breathing a little easier. It's your moment!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

On When Your Writing is put Aside

This is a reminder to myself that I have got to reconnect with my fellow bloggers the world over.

It's just that this lack of writing stems from my being involved in other projects and unable to embrace the world, all in a handful.

It's nice to find out, however, the other bloggers on my canonical bloglist are firmly doing their share of the writing and keeping the world informed with whatever other issues are hitting them in the face at the moment. Kudos are in order.

You see, sometimes lethargy disguises itself as procrastination.

Let me awaken myself as a blog writer and catch up on the good news coming from Ireland, for example. And how, mind you, things are going to change for the betterment of human rights in the United States. That is only when those justices decide whether all their citizens should be entitled to the same rights as others. Some of you know what I am talking about.

Meanwhile, let us keep our fingers crossed. Good luck!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

On When the World Seems to be on a Downward Spiral

What can we do? Apparently, nothing. From our living rooms, watching our TV's, it's seems like an ocean away. Directly opposite to that, no, it's not. It's right within our grasp. We can do something about it.

For starters, we can always sign that petition; we can always write letters to our representatives in central governments; we can always donate to good causes; we can help by raising awareness to human rights. ALL human rights.

We can learn to see through the smokescreens insidiously wedged between ourselves and life's events. There is a world of possibilities, a world of potentialities. What we need is that initial kickstart to get things from mind to matter.

It's hightly hoped that by bettering ourselves, we will be able to better the world. Put right things that are wrong and eliminate wrong things that take on a mask of truth. We can do that.

Luckily for us, we now have the Internet which has ushered in The Age of Transformation, an age which has completely transformed our way of thinking. And it can be our ally. Let's use it.

Good luck in your world.

Monday, September 15, 2014

On When Hate Crimes are Rampant in Big Cities Across the Country

A young life snuffed out.
They are increasingly more frequent, as Brazil is still reeling at the news of the death of 18-year-old João Donati (pictured) in Inhumas, in the state of Goiás, last Wednesday, 10 September.

Homophobia in Brazil is growing at an alarming pace. Authorities are waking up to smell the bitter coffee. The state of São Paulo alone has seen four new cases of homophobia attacks in the last week.

An arson attack at a Gaucho Traditions Center  in Santana do Livramento, RS, where two lesbians were scheduled to get married in a collective cerimony, last Saturday, has caused shock in the wider community

Human rights organizations have jumped on the issue and are facing the trend head on by urging the creation or approval of a new law to criminalize homophobia, thus rendering punishment more severe.

According to a statement released today, the very president of the Human Rights Commission, in the Brazilian Senate, is now urging her peers to fast track new legislation (this ONE) to be approved  and put in the books in order to stem the current spike in LGBT violence.

Meanwhile, LGBT's go about their lives wondering where the next attack is going to occur.

Friday, August 1, 2014

On When You Set Out on an Expedition to Find Yourself

Folks on a particular stretch of the United States are lining the streets in hopes of catching a glance of a mysterious "Woman in Black".  TV images show people trying to approach her in an attempt to offer her encouragement or perhaps a drink of water. She resolutely ambles on without so much as a look sideways.

The "Woman in Black," whose identity, origin, and destination, is now revealed to all who care to find out, has set out on a quest of self-discovery. She is following in the steps of many a pilgrim before her, albeit in a different continent - Europe.

Santiago de Compostela, located in Spain, is a case in point. Folks who, for one reason or another, have had it with the world as it is, and who will only find solace in the solitude of their own selves, will begin a long journey by foot which begins in France and that will end in Spain. It's called the 'The Way of Saint James.'

Surely you might know of another route long known to be the express road to self-enlightenment. Feel free to inform us of its existence in the comments section of this post.

If the Woman in Black's attire is anything to go by, she has put a lot of thought into it. The photo illustrating this blog post is a a starting point for our judgement of this particular expedition.

Regardless of her innermostest motives, we stand aside and let her journey on, and on. It's a long, long road. We wonder if the stars above are guiding her way...

Monday, July 28, 2014

On When Children are the Greatest Victims in Conflicts

Israel 1 036 Little palestinensic boys
Israel 1 036 Little palestinensic boys (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
You are by now up to your neck with information regarding the conflict between Israel and Palestine and your pendulum might swing to either one or the other side of the warring parties.

Regardless of your preference, what has brought about this blog post is the images of children being torn to pieces, or even more horrifically, being smashed flat when bombed out buildings collapse in on them.

Not good.  Hopes dashed and future chances nullified for those kids fortunate enough to survive the carnage.

Folks across the wall will complain of endless rockets raining down on them; folks ejecting the rockets will complain of ever-widening occupation by the stronger neighbor.  A never-ending cycle of violence is the norm and deaths become banalized.

Further along in that seemingly unresolvable nightmare of violence and death, conflicts in other parts of the blighted region are raging on and on, with no sign of relief. Meanwhile, children forced out of their homes by the senseless skirmishes between the small and the big are eking out a living in neighboring countries. Far from schools or other modes of learning. What future? No future.

This is all happening under our very eyes, that is, right in front of us, on our TV screens. Our politicians and diplomats, fearful of commitment for this or that reason, fail to come up with a solution to bring and end to the heartache and pain. Protests ensue in the world's greatest capitals, but who's listening?

Apparently, nobody. What is this world coming to?

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Monday, April 21, 2014

On When Parents are the Culprits

Bernardo Boldrini
How Três Passos, a small town in inner Rio Grande do Sul, found itself in the midst of this larger than life event and how it has shaken their lives and their belief in the human race.

This is the perfect time to inform the world of how a family - a father and a stepmother - in southern Brazil, found the time and effort to murder their 11-year-old son on April 04 this year.Tell everyone how they used a lethal injection to kill the young man, and how they enlisted the help of a social worker, who was offered thousands of dollars,* to lend a hand in the act.

Bernardo's mother died when he was a small child.

For most people, what makes it mindboggling is that the father is a physician and the stepmother is a nurse.

Include in the text the fact that the parents drove miles and miles to another town, ostensibly to buy a new electronic gadget for the boy and, forgive us the pun, took him along for the ride to later find themselves in the woods, where they reportedly buried him alive; of the accounts of the boy having looked for help with local authorities and how he was being abused and nobody cared and had him returned home to his fate.

While they case is still ongoing, how folks in the small town of Três Passos claim for justice and want to skin the murderers alive. How this act could have been averted, had the signs of abuse and neglect been noticed and acted upon much earlier when the child was, reportedly, looking for help.

As we write, the parents are in custody and the police is busy investigating the case further.

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*Local currency: Brazilian Real

Monday, February 3, 2014

On Yet Another Case of Drug Abuse Gone Wrong, Very Wrong.

So, here I am attempting to comment on the many horrors attendant on the drug abuse scourge specifically, but not exclusively, in the western world and how lives, famous and not so famous, are abbreviated because of it.

On hearing news that this or that celebrity has died because of drug overdose, I am reminded of our own skeletons in our closets and how they rattle when no one is looking. Not that I do drugs, I don't!  I simply take the bull by the horns and wrestle it to the ground.

I am not gloating, either. The catharsis is that I feel empowered by the realization that I have made it this far without consuming poison (I am not judging you if you, mind you.). Not that person in the news. He/she did not make it. I am often left wondering: "How could they not with all the endless resources at their disposal?" I wish it were that simple. It is not.

It sounds repetitive to say that what you see is not what you get when it comes to celebrities. The many devils poking them while they put on a brave face, or any other they manage to pull out of attire, for public viewing. By the way, and all of this based on facts, the telltale signs that something is "amiss" are all there, etched dramatically on the faces of the afflicted.  Was the premature aging a sign that something was not going well? That sad look, which no amount of acting will conceal?

To make matters worse, it's interesting and altogether mystifying that someone out there is supplying the weak-hearted with various chemicals they can apply intravenously or otherwise, regardless of the consequences. I think there should be accountability.

I am reminded of a book, Further Along The Road Less Traveled, in which the author seems to suggest that those afflicted with addictions seem to want a way out, or a way back into what they experienced when in the womb - that lovely state where nothing could affect them but the nourishment that filtered through from their mothers.

As in the latest case, I do not know. ALL I know is that something gave and the thread snapped... Questions abound as to why people will resort to such drastic measures to drown out their pain.

What could people do to hoist themselves from the bottomless pits they have placed themselves into? Why do people return to addiction after being placed in rehab? What would WE do if caught in this web of hopelessness?

It's not like I am the only one left wondering why this is so. I'll come back to this text when I have the answers. Meanwhile, feel free to join me in sending out a thought of sympathy to those afflicted with silent torments. May they find their Inner Peace, however illusive it may be.

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

On When Life is Not a Bowl of Cherries

You are probably aware that this blog celebrates and encourages human rights of all sorts and is blatantly partial to LGBT rights, wherever they may be.

Now, we cannot help but be struck by the latest news we hear about two deflating moments in LGBT history in the world. One in India, one in Australia. At this point, we do not wish to bore you with the details of what went down except the fact that we find both to be retrogressive, unconscionable, and cruel.

This is strange, really. For at the matrix, that is, the source of such incomprehensible goings-on, folks are expected to say I do! come March next year. Yay! to them!!!

Onward! This may be a temporary defeat. THIS battle may be lost, but others
will come. Setbacks are marvellous tools for better strategizing and better reconnoitering. We are sure LGBT activists in both of these lands are fast at work devising ways and means to reach  an acceptable end, one that is agreeable to all the parties.

Meanwhile, all too conscious that life is not an enticing bowl of luscious red fruit, we will go in search of better news.

Hope springs eternal.

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