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We simply cannot accept this anymore

Posted in Culture, Democracy, Economy, Government, politics, Religion, Revolution, Society with tags , , , on 18/05/2013 by Living out of Eden

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Judeo-Christian tradition, and so is preached by the Catholic Church, sustains the belief that each newly born human being, carries with her/him a sin she/he has not committed; judged guilty even before they start breathing. Just for being alive.

Governments are setting up a system by which, each newly born human being, has a debt she/he hasn’t asked for, and that will bond her/him to commitments she/he hadn’t consent, just for having been born.

NO.

La tradición Judeo-cristiana, y así lo predica la Iglesia Católica, sostiene la creencia de que cada ser humano recién nacido, trae consigo un pecado que no cometió, es culpable, aún sin siquera haber empezado a respirar. Únicamente por vivir.
Los gobiernos están montando un sistema por el cual, cada humano recién nacido, trae consigo una deuda que no contrajo, y que lo atará a compromisos no asumidos por él, únicamente por haber nacido.
NO.

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Bonsai

Posted in Art, Behaviour, Culture, Education, Government, Philosophy, politics, Society with tags , , , on 29/12/2012 by Living out of Eden

When thinking about “bonsai”, I usually had the image of small scale trees, in small scale containers. However, a couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to visit a bonsai museum in Madrid, and I was totally astonished to find out that the reduced size of those beautiful trees was only just a small part of the Art/technique.

The bonsai techniques ranges from the reduction of the tree, to the shaping in the most amazing forms of the plant, by different means. Seems that the final end of this tradition, is the reproduction of natural scenes at small scales, but what drew my attention is the effects of these techniques on the plants. By means of different proceedures, “… like pruning, root reduction, potting, defoliation, and grafting to produce small trees that mimic the shape and style of mature, full-size trees.” (source: Wikipedia).

It was also shocking to me, to realize that the same culture that celebrates the accidental killing of insects after the sowing of rice, can “torture” this way a living being, just for aesthetic pleasure (no practical end is intended in bonsai).

Seems to me  that this art/practice/technique is somehow against the natural evolution of the plant, but even then, that’s not what I dislike the most of it: it’s the fact that all these obstacles the plant comes across in its growth, are being put on purpose, so its’ appearance changes according exclusively, to the bonsai executor wishes.

I don’t know whether the plant suffers or not, but seeing branches twisted by wires, sticks, threads, and all kind of elements put there to mould the small tree, looks quite like a struggle for survival to me. In any case, it’s definitely not the way the plant would grow if left alone. In the end, this shaping of the plant, is ironically a distortion from its’ own natural shape.

So, if you visit a bonsai museum next time, pay attention.

You might feel you are stepping in a Hall of Mirrors.

Crisis & paradigms – Are you afraid of ghosts?

Posted in Crisis, Culture, politics, Society with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 24/04/2011 by Living out of Eden

There’s a constant tension between individual and collective matters. And individual ones must be kept within certain limits in order to make a coherent whole, being it called “culture”, “religion”, “beliefs”, “tradition”, and so on.

Tradition (and in times like Easter, becomes quite evident) helps us fill the emptiness. By following traditional customs, we avoid having to decide what to do great part of our time. Otherwise, it would be a huge effort to think, plan and execute activities for such an amount of time in one’s life.

There are other “tools” society created to keep people thinking in a similar way: paradigms or utopias. That way, although there are differences between each one of us, we all tend to move in only one general and predictable direction.

Examples of utopias and paradigms are: Continue reading