27 June 2017

What goes may come back to bite you

Just a reminder, that united we stand.
Forgive the differences
Accept the differences

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

-- Martin Niemöller

9 June 2017

sky

Every time I look up I see something different.
Yesterday, I saw a bright white moon. In the dark night, the clear moon hang there. I stared it long enough to make myself sleepy. The night was calm. A refreshing breeze would lift my hair from time to time.
When I look up to the sky, I feel small. I feel like a tiny piece that belongs to this world. Though small, I feel that I could make the difference.
The skies are broad, it covers a lot of ground. It's the same sky for you, me and all others. But it's not the same sky for some? Why?

We live under the same sky, yet, why are our differences more important than our similarities?
I try to reach for the sky, it's so far away yet so close at the same time. We crave connection, but we are connected to everything, we just don't seem to realize it. We fight to belong, yet we do belong, although we don't seem to feel it.

I stared at the sky so long it started to discolour and distort. But it's still the same sky. What is different is the way we see it. After all, nothing is ever the same through the eyes of two different people, and yet, it is ultimately the same in essence, we just don't grasp it, I guess.

8 June 2017

Africa is not poor

When most people think about Africa in a westernized stereotype, about how it is a poor place and there are lots of people that live in misery, how they need our help to survive. It's an arrogant and boasting atitude. I recently read an interesting article, it says "Africa is not poor, we are stealing its wealth."
"With few exceptions, countries with abundant mineral wealth experience poorer democracy, weaker economic growth, and worse development."
"Aid is tiny, and the very least it can do, if spent well, is to return some of Africa's looted wealth. We should see it both as a form of reparations and redistribution, just as the tax system allows us to redistribute wealth from the richest to the poorest within individual societies. The same should be expected from the global "society".

To even begin to embark on such an ambitious programme, we must change the way we talk and think about Africa. It's not about making people feel guilty, but correctly diagnosing a problem in order to provide a solution. We are not, currently, "helping" Africa. Africa is rich. Let's stop making it poorer."

For full text please refer to:
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2017/05/africa-poor-stealing-wealth-170524063731884.html?

2 June 2017

Double standards

Starting off topic, I have to say I'm starting to hate reading morning news. All it does is get me irritated for the day. It does make me think too, though.
This morning what led me to my ramble is the US pulling out of the Paris climate change deal. I won't brag and say I saw it coming, but those kind of stuff has always been something incomprehensible to me. I mean, the climate change deal and the non-proliferation treaty. For both, the starting point is valid, and I completely agree. However, I can't see how it would be kept without anyone breaking it. If you believe all those trading information about the climate change deal, about loaning/lending/selling/buying CO2 quota, how can you believe that this deal was going to work??
Same goes for nuclear non-proliferation treaty, how can you believe that in an all out war that treaty is going to work?

Today, my topic is double standards. What I mean is, that you have a moral or other kind of standard for yourself or who you represent, and another set of standards for someone who is not yourself, who is even your enemy. So when you do a certain thing, it is justifiable and the right thing to do, but when someone else does the same thing, it is not? That specially goes for something that is potentially damaging to the subject.
US now is going to pull out of the climate change deal, for whatever reason, that I don't even want to know, I'm pretty sure they feel it's justified. But, if it was the other way around, if the US wanted to stay in the deal, and some other country wanted to pull out, I'm pretty sure they would condemn that country, on whatever moral grounds they think they have.
US criticizes North Korea a lot. Not saying if it's justified or not. (I don't agree or disagree, still trying to form an informed opinion on the matter.) But for once, I think the US capable of backing out of the treaty. I think they are capable of find a reason and feed themselves the thought that they hold moral high ground on that. Doesn't mean it is going to happen, but if it does, I wouldn't be surprised.

It's hard to be as hard on yourself as you are on other people. Criticizing others is always easier. The thing is, we often don't look at ourselves under the same scope. I hate it, but it is a fact that most people hold double standards. We are fast to judge, slow to understand and forgive. It is unfair to put double standards, but sometimes we do it anyway because we don't hold all the circumstances in our knowledge, and because no one wants to be criticized. Criticism is not bad, it is constructive if being given after informed evaluation. We should all think about what we would do under the exact same circumstances.