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How many…?

Posted in Accountability, Awareness, Behaviour, Democracy, Financial crisis, Government, politics, Power, self-managed, Society on 19/10/2013 by Living out of Eden



I opened this group in Facebook (“The 10% Tipping Point”), as an “awareness-meter”.

The aim was to make the easiest way to get a notion of how many of us are aware and awaken, but mainly, how near/far we are of the 10% Tipping Point, which according to scientists, would trigger the so-long-overdued social chain reaction.

It’s not a page, so you cannot just “Like” it, but you can ask for an invitation.

Once you’ve been counted in, please feel free to add any of your friends/contacts you think are aware too.

Let’s try the other way round

Posted in Accountability, Behaviour, Culture, Democracy, Ethics, Philosophy, politics, Revolution, Society on 26/07/2012 by Living out of Eden

One million butterflies will not move a mountain. But there’s one huge difference in our benefit: self-awareness.

We tend to think in terms of achieving a result. These days, I’m not that sure we can make it. But at least we have one hope.

We must act at the very molecular scale of our actions. From the tiniest decision we make no sooner we wake up, to the most substantial actions, following our principles, at a 100%, but also realizing of the consequences our actions will have at a social scale.

To an age of nano-sciences, we should be developing it’s corresponding NANO-ETHICS.

No matter what, any divergence from this narrow path, be warned, will end up in the next spin of this global synchronic financial crisis.

Some more concerns on slight differences

Posted in Accountability, Crisis, current events, Democracy, Financial crisis, politics, self-managed, Society on 14/07/2012 by Living out of Eden

There is absolutely no similarity between the feeling of being involved with, and committing yourself to, producing the change of the society we are all living in, on one hand, and the fact of being responsible for the current situation on the other. There is no cause/effect relation in the equation. There is almost no link at all, only that it’s us and we are taking part of both phenomena.

What we must not swallow (and Islanders successfully avoided this poison pill), is the guilty feeling that we are to blame, and that we are living today the way we are, because we did what we did some years ago.

Reject completely this statement. It’s a trap. It’s false.

They want to set us up once more.


1.- Our societies are (still) based on representative systems through parliaments. Maybe it’d be better to start thinking this can no longer be a good idea. We used to choose those who’d rule our countries on our behalf, which had seemed sensible for some time now, but today we’ve have enough solid proofs, to acknowledge the fact that the true power does not lay neither in the people, nor in the politicians.

2.- The current situation is product of a mix of reasons and causes, of which only a very small percentage can be understood as our direct responsibility.

3.- In a representative system, millions of citizens cannot work out agreements to carry out actions in common. That’s what congresses and governments are supposed to be for.

4.- If citizens are to be held directly responsible for the fraud of the financial system (under the statement that they knew what they were doing all the time), then, why are surveillance and control entities necessary? (i.e.: SEC, Government agencies, central banks, etc.). Shouldn’t have we been summoned to have a saying at very earlier stages?

5.- We could have had options of taking action on the causes of this financial-economic-social-political crisis. Ideally yes. But if even the Top-killers in finance and banking system around the world, “couldn’t foresee” the systemic risk, then how the hell would have we been in position to prevent this scenario?

6.- Among the tasks to be undertaken as civil accountability, by ourselves, directly, as citizens, there should be a list those mechanisms to assure that these catastrophes will not happen again.

And nothing like it can be seen to even start happening.

Do not Come Together…

Posted in Accountability, Behaviour, Crisis, Society with tags , , , , on 11/07/2012 by Living out of Eden

It happened. Shit happens. For the third time.

I sincerely apologize. But all in a row, too many of you insisted from different angles and in different fields that we must consider ourselves fully responsible for what is happening.

All of you, said it publicly. In your respective blogs. So, it’s not difficult to assume you are in conditions to accept comments.

But the thing is, the bad thing is, that I reacted, I went too far with the wrong person. I didn’t foresee it.

I mean, it really doesn’t matter who is right or who is wrong, but it does matter to know what the other person is expecting from you.

When we talk about our personal things, it could be somehow public, but still remains in the sphere of your private stuff. It involves your feelings, your soul. But when we talk about society, we must be willing to start, follow and somehow, end the discussion.

Like when you put your finger in the socket (and believe me, I put too many times my fingers in sockets), we are shocked.

We need some rest.

We need to calm down.

But we shouldn’t stop thinking, nor debating.

I’m not afraid. I’m scared. Honestly.

But I won’t hide my fears.

Hope you can endure. Hope you can enhance your resiliency.








Bizarre definition of responsibility / Rocambolesca definición de responsabilidad:

Posted in Accountability, Behaviour, Culture, current events, Democracy, Financial crisis, politics, Society on 11/07/2012 by Living out of Eden

How do you measure responsibility?

I mean, one thing is to be responsible (fully, which means the 100% of all possible responsibility), and another is to be “somewhat” responsible.

We all are ethically responsible before ourselves and morally responsible before our peers. But what still remains confusing to me is that we assume our day to day responsibilities and at the same time we are being held “responsible” for this synchronic financial global crisis.

How is it that being held accountable for this crisis, no one is demanding a solution from us? Has anyone (except for the Islanders), been summoned to deal with this responsibility, and to put your guts in the task to clean this mess up?

Isn’t it more than suspicious that the BIG decisions (as big as when this “indignante” debt market was conceived) are still being taken without us taken into account, although we are suffering these decisions?

Why is it that we accept so docile to put our bodies and our future, while at the same time are “Stone Guests” for the design of the solution?

How useful is guilt.

¿Cómo se mide la responsabilidad?

Quiero decir, una cosa es ser responsable (y ya, lo cual implica el 100% de la responsabilidad posible), y otra es ser “algo” responsable.

Todos somos éticamente responsables ante nosotros mismos y moralmente responsables ante nuestros iguales. Pero lo que no termina de cerrarme es lo siguiente:

Asumimos nuestras responsabilidades en el día a día, y a la vez, somos “responsables” de una crisis sincrónica financiera global. 

¿Cómo es que en calidad de responsables, nadie nos está preguntando cómo salir de esta situación? ¿Alguien fue convocado a asumir esta responsabilidad, y a poner los huevos todo lo necesario para que se aclare este desmadre? 

¿No resulta más que sospechoso, que las grandes decisiones (igual que cuando se gestó este “outrageous” mercado de deuda) no las estamos tomando nosotros, aunque sin duda, las padeceremos?

¿Por qué razón aceptamos mansamente poner el hombro, el cuerpo y nuestro futuro, a la vez que somos convidados de piedra para el diseño de la solución?

Qué útil es la culpa.

Guess what? It’s not about the Nobel Prize.

Posted in Accountability, Behaviour, Crisis, Culture, current events, Democracy, Government, Society with tags , on 06/07/2012 by Living out of Eden

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We are kinda running in circles, knowing that whatever we do, we’ll probably be deadly wrong.

Because on one hand, we are thinking that we are accountable for what’s happening, and that we must stop complaining.

But, on the other hand, we know for sure, we are being had.

Like in “Truman’s Show”, we are living a fiction, in a world that was given long time ago, long before we were born.

And you want me to believe that it’s us who spoilt it? That we are deciding the way things go?

Of course we had our share, but look closely to this, and think once again:

When Will Immoral, Unprincipled Bankers Be Held Accountable for Their Crimes

Posted in Accountability, current events, Economy, Financial crisis, politics, Society with tags , , on 06/07/2012 by Living out of Eden


They say that patriotism is the last refuge 

To which a scoundrel clings

Steal a little and they throw you in jail

Steal a lot and they make you king

Bob Dylan, “Sweetheart Like You” (1983)

The record-breaking fine of £290m to which Barclays was subjected this week for financial crimes committed from 2005 onwards sounds significant, until you realise that Barclays chief executive Bob Diamond was paid £17m for last year alone (and that the bank also paid £5.7m to cover his tax bill), that he has been paid almost £100m since 2006, and that the amount of the fine (£60m in the UK and £230m in the US) is basically peanuts — just 10 days’ worth of profit for Barclays, as Paul Lewis of Radio 4′s Money Box programme explained to the BBC.

The first thing that occurred to me was that, however much bankers are caught committing financial crimes, they always seem to get away with it, as Bob Dylan explained back in 1983. Moreover, Bob’s recognition of the disparity between the rich and the poor when it comes to crimes involving money also rings horribly true still, as is clear from the punishment for Barclays — a slipped wrist — and the punishment for those involved, however peripherally, in last August’s “riots” in the UK, when judges decided to “make an example” of the mostly unfortunate young people who came up before them. The most shocking example I came across was described in the Guardian as follows: