Give Peace a Chance…

It is not often that I feel the need to write about terrorism, war, peace and everything in between. I can remember Lebanon a few years ago and 9/11, which I don’t think I ever wrote about but has affected me deeply. From the attacks on the day, to the wars that resulted since. It never ends well. And yet, I remain silent most of the time, thinking there’s nothing I can do. I’m not really an influential blogger, a politician, or anyone who can actually change things. But I’m still human and saddened by these unnecessary acts of aggression. War is pointless, painful and destructive. Terrorist attacks are inhuman and sad. I have tried, but truly see no logic behind them, other than made-up reasons that have nothing to do with humanity and everything to do with selfishness. I know one of these days we will finally mature as a society and see that we have nothing to fear, or envy from others. We are all people who live in different parts of the planer. Having borders is an awful idea and the world economy facts do not help.  One day, maybe, just maybe, we’ll wake up and realise that these “differences” are only in our head. Borders are merely lines on a map and religions… well… don’t get me started…

Peace

P.S. This goes out to all people affected by war and terrorism, now and in the past. Paris is merely an excuse to remember, reflect and realise we are better than this. Terrorism, war and violence are by-products of a society in trouble. We need to face the facts and act accordingly.

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Greece – What you are not being told by the media

We live in the misinformation age. There’s just so much out there and it’s really hard to differentiate between what’s real and what is simply brainwashing.

Take the recent story with Greece, for example. You hear how Greeks are lazy, corrupted and how the European citizens have to pay so much in taxes for their failure. That may all be true, but there’s another story. The one you almost never hear and it speaks of corruption at the highest of level. The 1% of the 1%. The failure of a system that is not actually a failure, not for those who designed it to promote their own agenda. It is highly successful in that regard. The rich get richer, the elite stays on top and all is well with the world. At least if you happen to the elite. For everyone else, here, blame those lazy Greeks, it’s all their fault.

Here’s a nice article, but please do go on and read more. Read all the opinions, get all the data and then maybe decide for yourself. I’m still undecided by the way, but I do know that mainstream media is more fluff than essence, and that the true story needs journalists who dig deep and find truths that are hidden, unpopular and unexpected.

Net Neutrality – A Victory

Finally, some good news! At least in the US of A 🙂 It’s probably coming to the EU soon and then, hopefully, the whole world. Remember how I went on and on about it before? (I know, I know, I get stuck in my ways.)

Well, finally, the FCC approved net neutrality rules and reclassified broadband as a utility (such as electricity and water). The whole set of regulations has not yet been released, and there is already a conspiracy brewing up about it, but I’ll try to stay positive for now, and enjoy this victory, knowing it is not the end, but only a small step in a really long road…
net neutrality

2015…

A new year has begun. A bit strange if you ask me. 2015 sounds so far into the future, but it’s not. It’s right here. It’s here and it’s nothing like we imagined it would be when we were kids. I thought for sure that by now we’d have flying cars and go on to space vacations regularly (ok, maybe I’m exaggerating, but that’s what we were promised, right?).

What sort of future did we get instead? Is it fun walking around carrying a smartphone sharing your location and private life with anyone willing to listen? I don’t know. I do it too. It’s kinda sad though. All that technology, all that potential, and what is ultimately used for is marketing. To get us to buy more stuff we don’t really need.

I think we can do better. Humanity deserves more than that. I mean we slave away at meaningless jobs, trying to get more money to buy things we don’t really need… wait, is that from fight club? Well, almost. It went something like this “We buy things we don’t need with money, we don’t have to impress people we don’t like”. I guess the point remains: why am I still quoting a 20-year old novel, a 15-year old movie? Why do we still live in a world where money is god? Why, even after (or during) the recession, did we not get it? Why slave away for other people? For faceless corporations, for greedy CEOs, why do we keep making excuses for them? Maybe we just like being peasants working for the king. It’s sort of always been this way, it just had different names over the centuries.

Peasant vs King

I’ll fight it for as long as I can. I am not a slave, I am not a peasant, I’m definitely not working so that the greedy people “on top” can make more money. I commit to making the world a better place. Through my work, through the technology we are so lucky to have, and through any other action that can actually help. I do not believe in collecting “likes”, I believe in studying, learning, sharing (in a good way), and acting in an organised calculated manner. But knowledge comes first.

It may be simple, but it is what I plan to do this year.

Quote of the Day

Machines which ape people are tending to encroach on every aspect of people’s lives, and that such machines force people to behave like machines. The new electronic devices do indeed have the power to force people to “communicate” with them and with each other on the terms of the machine. Whatever structurally does not fit the logic of machines is effectively filtered from a culture dominated by their use.
The machine-like behaviour of people chained to electronics constitutes a degradation of their well-being and of their dignity which, for most people in the long run, becomes intolerable. Observations of the sickening effect of programmed environments show that people in them become indolent, impotent, narcissistic and apolitical. The political process breaks down, because people cease to be able to govern themselves; they demand to be managed.
Ivan Illich, 1982

The Great Prophecy

– “And then,” the prophecy said, “in the divided land of corruption, as the economic institutions start to fall, frozen yoghurt shops will begin to rise.”

– “What does it all mean, great master?” asked the young student.

The wise master pondered the question for a minute, and then calmly answered:

– “Remember this, young one; it is truly the one great wisdom I can bestow upon you: fat-free may be a myth, but it is one people believe in; there will be great demand, even in the harshest of times, for food without essence, as it will be believed that such food is superior. But know this, young one, frozen yoghurt is not a healthy alternative, it is merely a tasteless one.”

And that is all the great master had to say, for now the student had become a master himself.

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