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A moue, “That’s it.”
Profound thought. Those words. “That’s it.”
When we hear those words from someone, usually our first impression would be of discovery. We become excited and our curiosity is spiked. We want to assure that discovery for ourselves as well.
On second thought as we pull ourselves away in doubt and suspicion, questions crowding our minds as to what that person pointing out. Is a discovery, or possibly danger? Floating around is the response of flight or fight?
A provoke of anger seen on the horizon rising to the surface, and the demand ensues of want rather than need. Do I need to know that’s it as well, as we answer ourselves, no, not necessarily; at the same time, maybe I do.
A wave of relief engulfs to reassure lapping us in comfort as the Prioritiship of need comes before want. In retrospect on the other point of view, if I had said, “that’s it” would it be a pronouncement or mistakenly taken as a question, I wonder. A paradox of a statement, it almost seems like.
Is there any one truth? No, there are many truths. What may look like truth to one may not necessarily look like a truth to one another. The questions remain and as a human, our capacity to seek the truth, learn of the truth, and wonder at the truth continue to pursue us in our quests of understanding in the race of humanity.
Une moue, “Ça y est.”
Pensée profonde. Ces mots. “Ça y est.”
Lorsque nous entendons ces paroles de quelqu’un, habituellement notre première impression serait de la découverte. Nous devenons excités et notre curiosité est haussé. Nous voulons faire en sorte que la découverte de nous-mêmes ainsi.
En deuxième pensé que nous nous éloigner de doute et de suspicion, les questions se pressent nos esprits quant à ce que cette personne en soulignant. Est une découverte, ou peut-être un danger? Flottant autour est la réponse de fuite ou de combat?
Un provoquent de la colère à l’horizon remonter à la surface, et la demande découle du besoin plutôt que de nécessité. Ai-je besoin de savoir que c’est tout aussi bien, comme nous nous répondre, non, pas nécessairement; dans le même temps, peut-être que je fais.
Une vague de engloutit de secours pour nous rassurer rodage dans le confort que l’Prioritiship de nécessité vient avant le souhaitez. En rétrospective sur l’autre point de vue, si j’avais dit, “c’est tout” serait-il une déclaration ou par erreur considéré comme une question, je me demande. Un paradoxe d’une déclaration, il semble presque comme.
Y at-il une unique vérité? Non, il ya beaucoup de vérités. Ce qui peut ressembler à la vérité à l’un peut ne pas nécessairement ressembler à une vérité à une autre. Les questions demeurent et comme un être humain, notre capacité à rechercher la vérité, savoir de la vérité, et je me demande à la vérité continuer à nous suivre dans nos quêtes de la compréhension dans la course de l’humanité.
03 Jan 2012 1 Comment
It is THAT time of the year again, you know, the one called ‘The New Year’s Resolution.’ The one that is set up to one the sense of the biggest failure of one’s life.
I have always thought the best resolution was the one NOT to have any resolutions, therefore, no failure.
Last year someone, and for the life of me, cannot remember who that someone was, not that it was important; it was the challenge. Moreover, I took up the challenge. Perhaps in retrospect it may have been better if I had not taken up the challenge, however I think the year may not have been as interesting.
The challenge was to take my favorite indulgement and GIVE IT UP!
Sigh… not sure that was a good idea. Well, I did, and a whole year at that. NO CHOCOLATE! In actuality, I really do not think I suffered too much because I did not THINK about it.
How is that for the secret of resolutions? He he … because if one thinks about it, one is set up for FAILURE! Yep, that is it. Do NOT think about it. MOREOVER, when I did think about it, it gave me a smile. If it happens, it happens.
Well, it did so happen that a nice piece of ‘oh, so heavenly’ CHOCOLATE did come my way. Suddenly, I remembered and started THINKING about it. Amazing, I get to have my nice piece of INDULGEMENT.
Awesome, See’s Awesome Candy. It was momentary piece of delish. Consumed in less than a millisecond, or so it seemed, in comparison to a whole year of waiting. A piece of wrapper devoid of its contents and the silvery lining glaring back at me forgotten on my desk until I returned, it laid there accusing me. I had forgotten all about it. It could not laugh at me anymore.
Did I break my resolution? No, I do not think so, not necessarily. It was officially one year since I took up the challenge. A lesson that I cannot believe took me one year to learn. Resolutions are actually failures in disguise.
Now . . . onto the resolution of 2012 . . . WAIT! Do not start without me I implore you. I am getting my bucket list ready . . . err . . . sort of, lol.
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012!!
28 Oct 2011 4 Comments
From the shifting sands of time to the cold North Wind blows, humankind has surrounded itself the comforts of shelter called home and the protection of self from the harsh environments adaptations of survival has produced thousands of ways and seen of a threshold named art of beauty and simplicity strikes at heart borne of necessity.
As the modern age marches upon us in the throwaway society, art is demanding its presence recognized albeit further away from us as demands draw us further away from our established homes that once timely set at foot. Weary travelers, refugees of heart we yearn, art brings us back into the folds that we thought were lost.
Myriads of art have developed into many forms of aesthetic and practicality that was unobtrusive yet untaken for granted. Artisans, sheepherders, medicine men, and even agriculture fielders lead to the producing of art that enthralls us today. The carvings of simple objects, painstaking tasks of weaving, the record keeping of herbs, and plants growing marks passage of time an honored art.
14 Aug 2011 3 Comments
Since the 18th century, the primary source of energy, coal and steam, provided the means of power for newly invented machinery to supply the new wealth. The turn of the 19th century saw its discovery of oil and drilling of a field in Pennsylvania in 1859, lead to fuel used in internal combustion engines which in turn led to the invention of a four-stroke engine used in automobiles. The chemical properties introduced in the development of such products as Bakelite (plastics) and artificial rubber replacing natural means of energy produced.
After the Wall Street crash of 1929, unemployment increased as factories shut down affecting leading industries of mining, shipbuilding, and steel making across the sector.
The onset of World War II in 1939 restricted free trade forcing each country to exploit their own country’s resources, rather than to expect imports to improve their economies affected by war, and Black markets flourished. The trade embargoes and further expansions against Japanese goods hastened the raid on Pearl Harbor at 8.25 the morning of December 7, 1941.
Soon, other oil fields; the largest fields drilled in what is now Iran, surfaced. As more products developed for farmers, and consumers in oil powered equipment and automobiles, the demand for oil and petroleum based products developed oil fields in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf States. The formation of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in 1961 to get the best possible prices on world markets, its members including Middle Eastern Arab States, as well as Algeria, Indonesia, Nigeria, Ecuador, Gabon, and Venezuela.
In 1973, oil supplies to the United States halted, resulting in rapidly increasing oil prices leading to a worldwide energy crisis.
The nineteen nineties saw increased rivalry for its oil reserves deposits between the Arab states with Iraq invading Kuwait to improve its seaways accessibility. The growing concern and recognition for the environment in the scientific field, that the threat of the Earth was imminent and real by growing awareness of environmental disasters by nuclear reactors, explosions of chemical plants, mounting pollution, acid rains, and oil spillages at sea that technology could prove to be fatal for future generations.
The resulting environmental concerns in light of searching for cleaner methods of energy, renewable sources of powering means and use of raw materials can draw many lessons of learned for a better future.
06 Jul 2011 Leave a Comment
Ronald Reagan, the president who sat in office of the United States from January 20, 1981 to January 20, 1988 was born on February 6, 1911. A vibrant man whom was the first U.S. president re-elected and completed two terms in office. President Ronald Reagan projected benevolence, consideration and most of all, pleasant manners. He was well – known to the American people for his roles in many Hollywood movies.
President Reagan’ presidency as the world over known for his entry into office during the Iran hostage crisis at the behest of Jimmy Carter’s embarrassment and futile efforts to contain the crisis that touched the heart of many Americans. He immediately took hard reins to the many economic issues leading to the demise of the United States had at the time of his presidency. In his second term of presidency, the alliance with Britain helped bring down the cold war of walled Berlin.
At the time of the Iranian hostage, he walked into a mire of the Iran – Iraq war that dominated the years of 1980 to 1988. Iran backed by the USSR, and at times, the US as well. The US feared the new Iranian government backed by Ayatollah Khomeini that ruled after the Shah of Iran overthrown in 1979, at the same time USSR invaded Afghanistan. The OPEC rising prices in the 1973 – 1974 gave rise to severe economic woes in the US and his achievements in persistently defeating the double-digit inflation that was threatening to engulf the nation gave his second term solidifying.
In his second term, he faced the larger problem of the USSR when Mikhail Gorbachev, whom he supported, became leader in 1985. The swift and strong “perestroika” (economic reforms) and “glasnost” (openness) gave to way to fears by the politicians of the Soviet Union, as they believed it would lead to a collapse of the USSR and replace the government. The collapse of the Berlin wall rejoiced by both the east and west in its reunification of its people; however, it gave economic pressure to modernize East Germany by the West Germans.
At the close of his presidency, the US and USSR agreed to ban medium-range nuclear weapons, rioting between the violent protests of the Palestinians in light of the Israeli occupation intensified as the PLO continued to fight for an Arab state, an ending to the Iran-Iraq war and greater freedom of speeches walked on in the horizon.
In 1994, nearly 6 years after the end of the presidency of Ronald Reagan, in the deep sunset of his life diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, whom also known as “the great communicator” spoke eloquently still yet:
In closing, let me thank you, the American people, for giving me the great honor of allowing me to serve as your President. When the Lord calls me home, whenever that day may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future. I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead.
Two full size bronze statues:
One sculpted by Chas Fagan of North Carolina, 10 foot tall (3 meters) bronze statue stands in Grosvenor Square in UK and One statue sculpted by Istvan Mate of Csongrad , 7 foot tall (2 meters) stands in Freedom Square in Hungary to mark the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth.
04 Jul 2011 1 Comment
The central idea at the opposite polarity of western thought is the individual above all else. The meaning of life seeks to search for deeper meanings in the mystery of man and the universe in which it lives is a rich tapestry in which man sought to incorporate into a society of the ideal. The clashes came in the form of subjugation by its many foreign intrusions and conquests down the annals of its history.
The many formed religious thoughts that came into being solidified India by the flexiblity of Hindu thoughts and attitudes ingrained itself into a caste system into its original ways of life. The muslim introduction of the concept of Islam in monotheism opposed diametrically to the concepts of Hindu understanding.
The continual warring and the conquest of new lands within the inner struggles gave way to the vulnerability of new invaders. The culture and civilized art of India fell to ruins and to pillaging of its treasures. The uniting of Hindus and Muslims by the rulers of the 16th and 17th centuries did much for India as it ended discriminatory taxation; compromised its local government and land use; and religious co-existence.
The identity crisis that pervades India today deviates from the individualistic approach of the responsibility endeared to the deeper meaning of life. It has brandished itself to the point where it embraces death rather than seeking its roots of solidity to the higher power of life meaning.
The inner man once reflective of its mere existence slowly corroded itself to embodying its values and importance to materialistic wealth undiminished, its waters swiftly taking its nation to its demise with its lay fashion in its military might violating human rights and economic developments unknown in centuries prior. The perspective of India’s essential existence lay forgotten in its brutal call for power and its continual corrosion in its care for its people.
The banyan tree would do well to account for its few leaves and dying trunk in its wake.
“Fetch me a fruit from the banyan tree,” said Svetaketu’s father to his son.
“Here is a fruit, sir.”
“I have broken it, sir.”
“What do you see?”
“Very tiny seeds, sir.”
“I have broken it, sir.”
“Now what do you see?”
“Why, nothing, sir.”
“Dear son, what you do not see is the essence of the banyan tree. In that essence the mighty banyan tree exists. The essence, my dear, is the unseen spirit which pervades everywhere. It is the Self of all things. And you are that Self, Svetaketu.”
03 Jul 2011 Leave a Comment
The sang-froid of billowing sails is a dream that dances in the hearts of many Gazans of a hope for succour in spite of no redress of the many collective punishments stacked against their will. A flotilla of ten ships from 20 different countries of various nationalities set moorings to sail towards the international waters of Gaza to alleviate the misery in the engagement of force upon the land.
The world over strives to create a safe, sound and healthy environment that fosters a love for one another, a place where any child can learn and grow to become a strong, intelligent, and productive person. Maintaining a high degree of intellectual understanding that nurtures in a socially comfortable sphere is the goal of healthy relationships between nations. The potential of a better co-existence for a better in the rights belonging to all in existence remains yet.
The collective punishments placed upon a people barricaded in every direction as the wind blows is hard to bear as many families and tribes remain living in tents, caravans, and broken homes. The lack of fresh waters, lack of freedom to move about, and opportunities dwindle each day. The access to everyday necessities becomes restrictive and prohibitive leading to a decay of living conditions. A land pressured under a doctrine of occupation and colonialism for far too long, of time forgotten, as babies of thrown stone before ill begotten grow older and older, the horrors untold.
The everyday struggles in the life of the Gazans in light of the 2008 Gazan War has taken its toll upon the people in dire need of medications, construction materials, food supplies, and assistance in the destroyed infrastructure that struggles each day to rebuild. The border crossing into the Strip is limited to one and that is of Rafah, which is in itself extremely limiting to and other means of life sustainment in terms of health and welfare as first priority. The cultivation and supply of good material that is essential to the existence of life is sadly lacking as well.
The Eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea in the area of Gaza for fishing and recreation is up to a 3-mile zone since 2000. The Exclusive Economic zone is unknown along the coast and sea. The Flotilla is unable to sail towards Gaza Harbor due to the blockade by Israel that lays its claims by essence of the nation state’s right to self-defense in its consideration of sovereignty.
The Flotilla to Gaza continues in its determination to provide essentials for a dying people despite the many dilemmas of the impoverishing conditions of nearly 1.5 million people trapped within its borders.
15 Jun 2011 Leave a Comment
In 2001, Frenchman Fabien Chéreau developed a program called Stellarium, a free software planetarium, that renders illustrations of the celestial bodies of earth and deep space in real time of approximately 50 light years. Stellarium program also contains a default cataglog of more than 600,000 known stars, nebulae images, the Milky Way, planets, and satellites. It is licenced by GPL and usuable on Windows, POSIX, Linux and Mac OS X.
A Lunar Eclipse of 06/15/2011 , a video of the longest eclipse of the century captured on a Stellarium