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Thursday, January 26, 2012

On When Two Polarities Meet - The Forums

It's that time of the year again.

That's right. That's when two polarities, in warp and woof, meet in vastly different parts of the world to talk about Economics. Namely: The World Economic Forum - an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas - on one hand; on the other, the World Social Forum (WSF) - an annual meeting of civil society organization which offers a self-conscious effort to develop an alternative future through the championing of counter-hegemonic globalization. This year with the theme "Capitalist Crisis - Social and Environmental Justice."

The second was first held here in our neck of the woods, Porto Alegre,  way back in 2001 and is just about starting with some UN big shot up on the podium blah-blahing on how to bring food to the poor, and the first, is to begin tomorrow in the snowy, money-reeked (i swear there's no pun here) Davos in Switzerland.

The second one with young people coming from far and wide to set up camp along the banks of the Guaíba lake, now shimmering with the baking sun and, with their hearts full of hope and idealism, with the absolute certainty that another world is possible; the first one, with old people in swanky abodes and what not, in snow-clad chalets to meet and find ways on how to reaffirm their hegemony.

You see, those polarities will continue eternally. Meawhile, we watch the news on TV and shake our heads at what we see.

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Monday, January 2, 2012

On When Old Mindsets Are Shattered

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What a year 2011 was. The Age of Transformation at full blast.

Lots happened: both here in our neck of the woods and all the way over across the Rio Grande; and over across the pond; all the way across in the Arabias. And lots happening still. Who knew?

From a fruit vendor igniting a spark that has transformed the landscape to a vanguardist speech at the UN vis à vis LGBT rights.

We have also seen the rise of the Occupy movement in the United States with offshoots reaching all across the world, to phone-tapping schemes to fish out lurid details that sell newspapers being brought to light.

It seems like people, prior to this, the sheeple, are waking up. A rude awaking?

Maybe not. People are beginning to feel that life has more to it than meets the eye. Life is more than the consumerism prevalent, especially, where most of my readers come from. Life has substance. A different one.

Obviously the Establishment was not counting on the effect their ill-advised policies and decisions had on people. Luckily, now, those who are on the receiving end are saying enough is enough, we are cop to your jive. The sheeple, pardon! we, the people, are getting our message across. We know they are listening.

Still, activists have their hands full with their work cut out for them only to realize that  their plates are overflowing with all sorts of injustices that have to be addressed. Will it ever end?

Hope, still, is what keeps people going. Hope fuels their drive. Hope. Hope. Hope! Perhaps this is what the Mayans were predicting: the world, as we know it, is  coming to and end. Here's to a new cycle, then. A good one! Still...

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