Friday, November 21, 2014

Thaumazein

 
“Don't let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace”, Dalai Lama

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Liberty Song...

"Come, join hand in hand, brave Americans all,
And rouse your bold hearts at fair Liberty's call;
No tyrannous acts shall suppress your just claim,
Or stain with dishonor
America's name.

In Freedom we're born and in Freedom we'll live.
Our purses are ready. Steady, friends, steady;
Not as slaves, but as Freemen our money we'll give.
Our worthy forefathers, let's give them a cheer,
To climates unknown did courageously steer;
Thro' oceans to deserts for Freedom they came,
And dying, bequeath'd us their freedom and fame.
.....
Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all,
By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall;
In so righteous a cause let us hope to succeed,
For heaven approves of each generous deed.
 
All ages shall speak with amaze and applause,
Of the courage we'll show in support of our Laws;
To die we can bear, but to serve we disdain.
For shame is to Freedom more dreadful than pain
..."
John Dickinson

"... I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves ...are, and henceforward shall be free; and that the Executive government ... including the military and naval authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of said persons...and will do no act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom."  President Abraham Lincoln

 “United we stand, and united we will achieve victory.”
 Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, U.S. Congress on August 5, 1942

League of gentlemens

 
"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed ...with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Thomas Jefferson
 
“God Almighty has set before me two Great Objects: the supression of the Slave Trade and the Reformation of Manners.” William Wilberforce
 
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Chameleon...

  

Fancying an animal that could represent me...the chameleon would be the chosen one... like him  I  have the ability to change "color" and adapt myself to circumstances, people around me...I call this capacity of diplomacy - international relations, that I have... "FENG CHUI"
 
"chameleon species are able to vary their coloration and pattern through combinations of pink, blue, red, orange, green, black, brown, light blue, yellow, turquoise, and purple..." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chameleon
 
"The feng shui practice discusses ...  metaphoric terms of "invisible forces" that bind the universe, earth, and humanity together..." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feng_shui

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Poise...

 
"No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face." John Donne

Thursday, November 13, 2014

"Theodicies"...

  Poem on the Lisbon Disaster, Voltaire

"Unlucky mortals!...
All humanity huddled in fear!
See the hundred thousand whom the earth devours!
Torn, bloody, and still breathing, they are
From the horror of their suffering lives.
Tranquil spectators, you brave souls
My pleas are innocent and my cries justified
... 
“All is well,” you say,“ and all is necessary.”
What! Do you think this universe would be worse
Without the pit that swallowed Lisbon?
I respect my God, but I love the universe.
When one dares to moan of a terrible scourge,
It’s not arrogance; alas, it’s sensitivity!
... And do not press on my troubled heart
These immutable laws of necessity…
...
One day, all will be well, this is our hope...”

"...the structure of one´s man´s mind is supposed to differ no more from that of another than the shape of his body. Whatever difference there may be is a difference of mental power... neither God nor an evil spirit can change the fact..." The Human Condition, Hannah Arendt

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Family...

The world should be seen as a family of human beings that stand out by a range of different intertwined tribes (religion, gender, nationality, sexual/politic preference...) and this diversity of tribes to survive have to live in harmony and respect if not...the compulsive extinction of one tribe can lead to the extinction of the world...

How this tribes arise could give rise to much imagination, but it's up to each one to ramble about it....like it´s up to each one, decide whether to join or not, even just in mind, to a tribe...


This family survives in part because of some people and legacies of others that simply remind us, that prior to belong to tribes, we belong to a clan...and this clan is humankind...and human beings should never be afraid of belonging to it...
"I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world." Socrates
 
"No family is perfect..we argue, we fight, we even stop talking to each other at times, but in the end, family is family...the love will always be there." Unknown