I'm Catholic, but This is not about the freedom of speech. It's about the freedom to be a right-wing, self-absorbed, Eurocentric, ass****.
For myself, i'm Charlie and Muhammad. Mutual respect and love please.
And let's not decontextualise this situation. The cartoons are just the cherry on a cake of historical western colonial abuse of the non-western netherworld.
The cartoons are an insult in addition to a long-standing injury afflicted on the Arab/Islamic world. I'm not saying that the attacks are right. Certainly not. However, when you keep injuring another, we cannot be shocked when we are slapped back.
I'm explaining it, not justifying it, by the way.
Free speech. Interesting topic. Free speech as a child; or free speech as an adult; or free speech as an empathetic, thoughtful human being?
o consider the aspects of other cultures to discern deficiencies in my own. But isn't that when free speech matures my vocal chords to my mind to the max?
What brand of 'free speech' is the west promoting via their support of Charlie Hebdo's brand of childish 'free speech'? (watch attached video) I join with the west in condemning the shootings, but that doesn't make what CH did right.
I was shocked when they came up with their grossly insulting cartoons of Muhammad (not all were insulting though). I'm not a Muslim. I'm Catholic. But it still shocked me. They were just far right-wingers disguised as champions of free speech. Now, with this horrendous massacre of their staff, they are being hailed as heroes?
Your shooting me because of the nonsense i spewed doesn't make said nonsense Holy Writ.
And finally, let's not forget that Charlie Hebdo's cartoons should be taken in the context of the west's activities in the middle east for more than a hundred years, Palestine, installation and support of tyrannical regimes, murderous embargoes and so on. Charlie Hebdo's cartoons in themselves do not deserve such a murderous reaction, but when we take the whole context into account, then we can began to understand it, if not condone it. This is a simple and simplified explanation, not a justification of the attacks.
It's kind of pathetic. Everyone, including myself, when criticising Charlie Hebdo for what they did, feel the need to state that we aren't condoning the violence of the gunmen. Looks like the freedom of expression in the west is paired with an unstated realisation that we aren't free to argue any oppositional case without being accused of being a terrorist supporter.
For myself, 'terrorism' is violence for political ends. In that, the Islamic 'terrorists' do not hold a monopoly on being referred to as such.'
It is not the Arabs/Muslims/Islamists whom have colonised the west during the colonial period. It is not the Arabs who gave Palestine to the Israelis and armed them to expel the Palestinians. It is not the Arabs who have been installing one tyrannical regime after another in the west for their own ends. It is not the Arabs who imposed embargoes on the US that killed half a million American children. It is not....etc, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc....
Not illustrating Muhammad indicates the expression and ability to feel a particular kind of profound and deep respect which I, and many others, are not accustomed to experiencing. A different and profound kind of feeling.
I'd like to respect that as a prelude to learning to feel the same way too. Who knows what sort of new profound feelings and views that can engender.
There are more facets to perceptive and perspectival reality that imaginable by the western mind alone you know.
Muslims have a problem with drawn or any depictions of their Prophet or Allah. I suppose it is a sign of great respect.
I'm willing to respect it, and am interested to acquire the perspective from which such respect emerges as it indicates another way of looking at things. I think it means more than i've described.
So wondrous a creation, the more perspectives, and of greater or variable vantages to appreciate it, the better.
Satire, cartoons .... this is the west's attempt to understand things when they don't want to spare an issue more thought than a child might do a cartoon.
Maureen: No to racism, Islamophobia, and scapegoating
Scott: Easy to say if it is not your loved ones that have been butchered.
Ed: If we study the cause-effect contributory factors for the last century and this, we'll be faced with the fact that it takes two hands to clap. It's all too easy and self-serving to just look at this tragedy and view it simply as the pen versus the sword.
We need to take the wider context into account in determining accountability, and then take progressive steps towards dismantling terrorism, on BOTH sides. Progressive steps, to resolve this problem once and for all, means something else when it's starting point is based on self-centredness.
Paul: Easy to say its simply a matter of free speech if 1,000,000 muslims in Iraq hadn't been butchered by the 'western democracies' or the CIA with the compliance of the British state hadn't kidnapped, held in 'dark sites' and tortured god knows how many muslims - and whipped up a racist fever not seen since the 1930's whereby women in France are prosecuted for wearing the hijab, where demostrations in favour of Palestinians are banned and leading politicians say muslims are a 'fifth column'. George Galloway always said the illegal attack on Iraq would have terrible consequences and he was right. Racists are now using the shocking events to whip up more race hatred. I'm against them.
Scott: Few want racism or segregation, most want free speech (certainly in Western cultures) it is too easy to use such tragedies to push forward political agendas from any side of the political spectrum. Iraq (2nd time) appears to be a dreadfull mistake but it would be foolish to believe these attacks are purely a reaction to past events. There is a monster (disguising itself behind religion) trying to gain hearts and minds, little different to the far right, in its desire for conforming and controlling of world power. So perhaps solidarity for all those that desire peace is required, and for now a great deal of sympathy for those that have been lost. I don't suppose the self-serving Mr Galloway will waste much time or tears.
Ed: Let's put it this way. If all the past atrocities against Muslims didn't take place, what are the chances of this event against CH taking place?
To understand the west's perspectival stance against terrorists, and its very definition of it, knowing the perspectives that ruled the colonialists for the past few hundred years would help. It is only then that we can begin to understand how little we have changed despite all claims to the contrary.
As for the 'monster' of religion 'trying to gain hearts and minds'. This appears to be a clash between people of two different consciousness of universal brotherhood. One, makes a religion out of the state to determine who is a brother, and the other recognises ones brother on the basis of religious similitude even if he hails from beyond the illusory borders of the state.
I want peace and universal brotherhood, but we need to engage on more than a fair bit of critical introspection in order to bring it about.
Scott: It is possible to go back hundreds and thousands of years from any political perspective to find greviences that somehow give violent extremist the opportunity to take 'revenge' on political powers that they envy and dispise. This is not about Muslims as such or past disputes, it is the same story of ambitious individuals looking for a way to gain power and dominace.
It is too easy to throw stones at the west and dig up the past, the west generally does the best it can in a ruthless, complicated and disjointed world. Simple ideologies, rational argument and rheteric will never solve these problems as the opportunity to use violence to gain status and power undeserved without political process is too great an opportunity to miss. Those carrying out these acts are often ignorant, naive or have even been threatened or forcibly made to be the tools of those that are truly evil.
Honestly 'Universal Brotherhood' this will never exist due to greed and ambition, religion is just a tool used to advance these aims.
'Critical Intropection' will not stop extremists, it is actually pretty patronizing for individuals to take the moral high ground and have no practical means to solve these problems. We shoud be thankful for the bravery of our troops, the vigilance of our security forces and the resolve of our politicians.
Britain is by no means perfect or innocent but it does at least allow our discussions to take place.
Cliff: It is interesting that people do not want things from the past brought into a discussion about today's events but I am sure they would be quite upset if, for instance, inheritance from the past was cancelled out to! So for example the Royal Family can quite happily keep their castles and lands but never want to discuss the atrocities that brought them into their family possession in the first place.
Ed: We're not talkiing about hundreds of thousands of years. We are talking about continuity from the past 100 years TO the present. Using your logic, we could also say let's forget about the past and treat this as an isolated incident, and not link it to the islamic militancy before and after 11/9, and including 11/9 itself right. This militancy has continuity as well, and can be linked to in cause-effect terms to all that's been going on since colonial times to the present.
No doubt, given any situation such as this, there will be groups and people who will be jostling each other for power. But we need to look at the underlying causes for these events so that they are not repeated in the future.
The west has laid the foundations for much of these evils today. I suppose you think nothing of the west's genocidal activities in the world from colonial times to the present. Millions upon millions died being forced to feed 'King/Queen and country' throughout the globe, the indigenous population of Tasmania was decimated, along with the population of the Australia and the USA, slavery, forced growth of cash crops, carving up of regions for western self-interests both economic and political.
Self-serving to say this is all in the past when the consequences visit us on a daily basis. The middle-east is part of the ongoing story. And if the past is to be discounted because it is in the past, then why all the fuss over Remembrance Day? It is a usual psychological strategy for people to assign to the discountable 'past' so as to decontextualise current events that affect us. Why? So that our own contribution to these evil state of affairs can be ignored and the 'bad men' in the present can just be shrugged off as insane mad men who do what they do simply because they insane mad men.
Je suis Charlie et Muhammad
“I don’t get it.”, is what I said to the girl who was attending to me at a phone shop a week ago.
“If you think about it”, said I, “why should a smartphone that is half the size of a tablet be priced closed to or more than a tablet?”
“Some smartphones are about a third the size of a tablet, so shouldn’t it be priced at a third of the price of a tablet, or a quarter?”
She looked at me surprised, and it was clear that it had never occurred to her.
To an English acquaintance of mine I said the same thing, whilst another Sikh acquaintance of mine stood by and listened. The English guy says, “well, it is smaller, so it is convenient to carry around compared to a tablet.”
“So”, I said, “at Greggs (a pastry shop), they sell a long sausage roll for 90 pence. If they halved it, would it be justified that they doubled the price because we can put the whole thing in our mouths at one go?” He looked at me, smiled, and didn’t know what to say, whilst the Sikh guy laughed.
Same thing happened with the iPod Nano, and which I wrote about back then. The price per gigabyte was more for the Nano than the iPod classic. Why? Smaller, more convenient? And people complain about the higher prices of foodstuff at convenience shops whilst happily forking out much more for gadgets.
People think this is not much of an issue. But this is actually an indicator of the diminution of the reasoning capacity amongst the people. The lack of logic, thought, justice, a sense of fairness. The thing is, if we are incognizant when injustice is done unto us in our personal affairs, how much more cognizant are we going to be when it is done unto us as a collective, or via avenues which seems relatively alien to us - like politics - or which requires more thought than is required to be entertained by much of the ‘music’, movies and sit-coms that spews out of america?
if we are incognizant when injustice is done unto us in our personal affairs, how much more cognizant are we going to be when it is done unto us via avenues which requires more thought than is required to be entertained by much of the ‘music’, movies and sit-coms that spews out of america?
I am sensing a distribution of forces, intentional or otherwise, that is gradually dumbing the global populace down more than ever in human history via a host of means and mediums. It is worrying to see that people don’t actually think that the movie Avatar is a kids show; or don’t think it ridiculous that spectacles made of plastic or sprayed with paint can be priced at anything more than $5; or that The Big Bang Theory is popular mainly because of its overuse of the laughing machine; or don’t wonder at Apple excluding memory card slots in their tablets so that they can charge far higher for internal memory; or that ‘adult’ shows mean ‘kids shows with vulgar content’ and not because they contain anything that requires one to have intelligence more than a ten year old to appreciate.
But it makes sense that these things need to happen and be accepted as the norm for smartphones to be priced as they are, or for America to conduct ‘wars on terror’ on people who did far less to the americans than the americans did unto them.
And what is more worrying is that I might be one of the handful of the 6 billion upcoming consumers inhabiting this planet to appreciate the interconnection of the bits that make up a worrying whole that people bemoan about..
|Osborne: "David Cameron and the Conservative Party |
always put Britain's national interest first"
UK to seek immigration changes despite Merkel EU 'warning'
Mr Osborne said the British people wanted concerns about EU immigration and access to benefits addressed.
The German government has insisted the right of EU nationals to live and work in other member states is sacrosanct.
Angela Merkel has reportedly said she would rather see the UK leave the EU than allow a quota system for migrants. - bbc
On the issue of migration within the EU, I don’t see the problem. Of course there is the immediate situation of the lack of jobs in the UK to cater to both EU migrants and locals. However, this problem will dissipate as EU migrants get relatively rich off their stay in the UK.
Over time, a lot of this money will get sent back to their home states to develop industries and skills, which will in turn enable their economies to take in British workers. And this might be even more so the case as the (white) British, according to a few foreigners I’ve spoken to, ‘are polite but unfriendly....not welcoming....like strangers even though you work with them for a few years’. Hence, given British aversion to being integrative and multicultural - though lots of theoretical lip-service is given to it - we could plausibly hope that many EU migrants will also leave, with the money they’ve made, and set up their own business, etc, etc, and develop their economy enough to cater to workers from Britain.
...this is just a period of the relatively richer states in the EU giving other members an economic leg up via opportunistic leg over.
In the longer run, the development of the poorer states of the EU will give everyone in the EU more room to venture into, to work, to start businesses, and so on.
So this is just a period of the relatively richer states in the EU giving other members an economic leg up via opportunistic leg over. In the longer run, the development of the poorer states of the EU will give everyone in the EU more room to venture into, to work, to start businesses, and so on. Let’s not forget, also, that when migrants take what the UK has to offer, and input in their own perspectives and ideas borne of their own variable cultural experiences, we will see the emergence of industries, skills, outlook, etc, etc, that can be relatively quite unique, and hence, add on to the perspectival and industrial pool of the EU.
As for the UK economy not being able to handle these foreign migrants, or their putting a strain on the services, that might just be a case of the wealth that these foreign migrants are generating not being channelled to bolster such services, and perhaps, being pocketed by the elite themselves.
All that said, as I had stated previously, my reservations on the existence of the exclusive EU on the basis that it is racist because it excludes the non-western world who supported western Europe, and the UK, when the latter colonised them and exploited them for hundreds of years. still stands. Well, if the British weren’t so racist in this respect, many non-EU members of the planet might be able to flock in and give the economy a good boost so as to enable it to support the poorer sector of the EU as well. Just to ensure that foreign migrants, whether they be from the EU or without, do not actually place a strain on benefits and services, these amenities can be accorded to foreigners in proportion to the contribution of the household to the economy via taxes.
I don’t know what’s wrong with people these days. Am I the last of the cogitating individuals on the planet, I sometimes wonder. No. When corporations engage in piratical activities, I blame the people. What message are the people sending these corporations that is enabling them to do as they do unto them? That’s the problem with consumers*, as opposed to human beings.
Apple discontinued the iPod Classic? Why? Simple. You are being charged more for the lesser-storaged iPod Touch than you are for the iPod Classic. Why give you more for your money when they can give you less for more money.
Let’s talk figures here. An iPod Classic goes for $490 usd on Amazon.com. An iPod Touch goes for $300 usd. An iPod Classic has 160gb. An iPod Touch has 64gb. So, you’re paying $3.06 per gig for the Classic, and $4.68 per gig for the Touch. More for less.
But it kind of makes sense doesn’t it. More and more people are buying music from Apple’s iTunes store, which sells music at very low quality**, the highest being 256kbps (KiloBits Per Second). So that doesn’t take up much space in your iPod. So why give you so much space for less money compared to the proportionately higher priced iPod Touch? At least, if they reduced the price of the Touch to match the Classic in terms of price per gigabyte, I wouldn’t mind it so much. But they aren’t. Just like when they took the optical drive away from the iMac but charged you the same price for it, whilst making more money by selling you ‘Cloud’ space.
For myself, I like the iPod Classic for the simple reason that it has lots of space. I am in the midst of ‘ripping’ my vinyl record collection into a digital higher-than-CD quality format for playback via my stereo and iPod. But once my iPod conks out, I’m stuck with the iPod Touch that isn’t going to hold much of my digitised record collection.
The logic is simple, profit margins can best be increased by giving the people lesser and lesser for more and more. And the only way to do that is to make the people lesser and lesser to the point that they view little as good enough.
And the best way to perpetuate this is to accustom the young to nothing more than memories of the present rather than the appreciation of a relatively more fair past.
Parents, these days, are just midwives delivering a consumer to the corporation..
But that’s the thing about technology when led by profiteering pirates isn’t it. The logic is simple, profit margins can best be increased by giving the people lesser and lesser for more and more. And the only way to do that is to make the people lesser and lesser to the point that they view little as good enough. And the most effective way is to accustom the young to nothing more than memories of the present rather than the appreciation of a relatively more fair past. You might theoretically be able to do more with technology. But the kind of technology that is produced is actually geared toward consumption of whatever the corporation spews out instead of what you can produce with it, or experience to the fullest. Like tablets, it is mainly a consumption device. You can’t do much with it in terms of production as you could with a desktop. And with the discontinuation of the iPod Classic, you are going to experience more music but at a lower quality. If people were really connoisseurs of music and quality, and are as so in many other meaningful ventures, this wouldn’t happen. But, as I’ve said often, but never enough, society degenerates with the perspectival reduction of the young by the corporation. Parents, these days, are just midwives delivering a consumer to the corporation.
People might say, “hey ed, it’s just the iPod, what’s the big deal?” What such people don’t get is that with every experience that is unjust, and which we engage in without even baulking because it is increasingly and widely fetishized, we are being more and more trained to lose our sense of justice. Such a compromised sense affects every aspect of our lives from the seemingly innocuous to life and death issues. It’s about time we nationalised Apple, amongst a host of others.
* We are certainly living in a Consumer Age, one of the gifts of western ‘civilisation’. I don’t think much of western democracy these days. It just seems to pave the way for the global dissemination of identities that reduces people to the point of making democracy nothing more than the right to consume the latest this-and-thats and be whatever the corporations, celebs, and elite, want you to be. Not surprising, as the west doesn’t have much spirituality in their constitution, and hence, produce technobots in place of people.)
** In case you’re wondering what that is, let me put it this way. A CD holds music that is 1411kbps in quality. All this kilobits represent audio information. That is the quality of the sound that you hear. Even in the simple sound produced by the tinkle of a triangle, there is tonal variation, graduation, variation in depth, etc. When you hear the whole variation, it gives more pleasure than, say, hearing the dull thud of a rusty bicycle bell. So with 256kbps, you are getting more of the latter than the former. It's something like the difference between DVD and HD, for the ears. The richness of the musical experience is reduced - not that there is much richness in much western pop music these days anyway, in terms of complexity, intricacy, depth, or anything. Bubblegum music, that’s what it is.
Now, if you want to skip directly to The Cure, scroll down to ‘The Procedure’. But I thought that I ought to write my experiences for the background so that one can see if the cure only works with a particular background, or how one or other factors might have influenced the maintenance of the problem, or just to let you know how bad it was and how easy it was to cure.
I was suffering from a pretty bad sinus infection for about a year, till 3 months ago when I cured it decisively. Before curing myself, I first went through the usual route of going to the doctors, trying out a few alternative remedies I read about on the net, none of which worked. I went to the doc’s in singapore, he prescribed me a week’s of pills (augmentin) and told me to come back if it didn’t work - he should have prescribed me at least a couple of weeks of medication considering that I had already had the condition for close to a year, but he obviously didn’t....so that he could collect more consultation fees when I returned for a re-prescription. A chinese doctor, whose CONsultation consisted of, ‘oh, so it hasn’t gone off yet? Ok, I’ll give you another week’s medication.‘ It worked!, for a week. And then it came back again.
Then I returned to the UK, and after the stifling pollution of singapore where the chinese are allowed to burn offerings to ancestors just about anywhere they want, whilst you can only smoke cigarettes at designated spots, my condition got even worse, and the ‘haze‘ from Indonesia that provided a thin veil of white over this sad state of affairs didn’t make things better. So off to the doc’s again, this time in the UK. No con-sultation fees here. I was given a couple of weeks of pills - amoxicillin - and three months prescription for a nasal spray that was supposed to break down whatever swelling and build-up in the sinuses. After finishing the pills. It worked! For a week. And then it came back again.
So now it was alternative therapy time. I tried drinking Apple Cider Vinegar, used Neilmed nasal salt rinse, included a couple of drops of ACV in the rinse, and still used the nasal spray prescribed by the doctor. A couple of months passed. Sometimes it got better, sometimes it got bad, sometimes it got worse. Neilmed was rubbish. Cleaned, but it somehow couldn’t kill the infection. And they were bloody over priced as well. If you think about it, they send you salt sachets at a price where you can but many times more sea salt. And if you try to buy their cheap containers on its own, they only sell them to you with a few sachets of salt and price it at 10 quid. What? 10 quid a plastic bottle. These are all almighty rip-off companies. That’s capitalism for you. They speak against piracy, but profit from it daily themselves. But the bottle is a must-have, unless you can get your hands on an equivalent.
Then, one night, out of frustration, I tossed it all aside, took a teaspoon of Manuka Honey Factor +18, put it in the Neilmed nasal rinse container, filled it up with water, heated it till it was lukewarm, and used it. Went to bed. Next morning when I woke up, hmmm...very clear! I had one nasal backflow at about noon,(that’s where you feel mucus going from your nose down the back of your throat...yucks) and it only had an extremely faint taste and smell of the usual sinus infection taste and smell. And that was it! It never came back. I’m writing this 4 months later so as to ensure that this cure worked where all the pills from singapore to the UK, apple cider vinegar, breathing in concoctions of tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar, salt, etc, didn’t.
I’m kind of exaggerating here about the cure being effected within 24 hours. So you think that it took longer right. No. It would be more accurate to say that the cure, or at least the cessation of ALL symptoms, took place within 12 hours.
Now here’s The Procedure.
1) Like mentioned above, you need a teaspoon of Manuka Honey. I used factor 18 (+18). Perhaps lower factors could work as well. But I didn’t have lower ones at home so I just used the 18. I did not use the Neilmed salt or any salt.
2) Secondly, I used mineral water to fill up the bottle. Many have said that you should use distilled water. I think they are right. I couldn’t get my hands on one of those so I just used the mineral water. Not sparkling of course. ;) Make sure that the water is lukewarm.
i) I stuck the bottle up one nose, not too deep, as the inlet to the sinuses are actually just slightly inside the nose.
ii) Pump gently whilst pressing the other nostril closed with your finger so that your sinuses can fill up with the concoction instead of it just going through one side and flowing out the other - like common sense does with most people these days.
iii) Don’t pump too much as we don’t want the liquid to go to your ears. When you sinuses are full, you’ll know it. I also moved my head side to side after filling up my sinuses so as to swish it about inside or to ensure that all corners are reached - don’t know if that was necessary, but I just did it.
iv) After about 5 seconds, release the other nostril so that the concoction can flow out. Then keep pumping at least half the bottle and let it just flow out without holding the other nostril.
v) Repeat on the other side.
You could, if you want, use a whole bottle for one side and another for the other, the first time you do this so as the really whack the problem. I did it three times a day for a week, then cut it down to two times a day for another week or so, and since then, it has been just once a day every night before bed. It’s just a cleansing thing I do now. But all symptoms ceased within 12 hours after this treatment.
The problem is, we have become too dependent on western medicine. It’s all a part of the fascist hold western cultural hegemony has over the minds of the global mass. I’m not saying that we can’t learn anything from the west or western medicine. But we need to do research into other cultural solutions to problems, medical or otherwise. We have to realise that western medicine is largely driven by the quest for profit as much research and development is led by profit-greedy pharmaceutical and related companies. And the people are too reliant on them and busy raising funds to pump more money into these industries so that they can get their cures in a 100 years instead of a 110 years...whilst squandering billions on their celebs, royalties, and economic elite.
From cures for cancer to HIV, or to the simple sinus infection, it’s all about what generates money, not cure. If so, how is it that this cure I stumbled upon has eluded the multi-billion dollar industry. Just know one thing. If it is cheap, they aren’t going to bother. Take that as your guide and venture out and be a pioneer where most, these days, just sleepwalk to the tune and rhythm of global and largely western-driven corporation. Most good within a system of evil generally exists because it doesn’t significantly compromise evil.
It is quite the rage in the west, and via the west, the world, to confuse the protection of the right to engage in something with the normalcy of the activity itself.
Right. So we have some idiots beating up homosexuals, or homosexuals being discriminated against in employment, or in the army, amongst others. So westerners get together and call for an end to such persecution and discrimination. And rightly so.
But they have confused the right to not be harassed and discriminated, and the right to do what you want so long as it doesn’t affect the interests of others, with the promotion of that which is discriminated against.
It is quite a dilemma, I have to admit. How do we fight against discrimination against homosexuals without presenting homosexuality as normal? Or putting it another way, why should we fight against discrimination against homosexuality by presenting homosexuality as normal? It’s as if, if something is abnormal, it is alright to discriminate against it, and hence, to deter discrimination against it, we have to promote it as normal.
In such a situation, we have to remember that we should be simply focusing on the right to not be discriminated against, or persecuted, or beaten up, for our tendencies. That’s it. We shouldn’t be saying, ‘hey, you can’t beat that homosexual up because it is normal to be homosexual.’ Rather, we should be saying, ‘hey you can’t beat that homosexual up whether what s/he does is normal or not.’
If we take that former stance, we’ll just end up promoting homosexuality, as is already the case via western movies, sit-coms, etc.
why should we fight against discrimination against homosexuality by presenting homosexuality as normal?
Of course, with that, we come into another problem. Defining what is ‘normal’. Westerners will have you believe that if someone likes something, it is normal, so long as it doesn’t affect the interests of others, or harm others. Don’t forget, the west has no moral compass. They are largely and pretty much a Godless hedonistic race whose children are led by advertisements, the corporation, and are pretty much ignorant about perspectives from all other cultures across the world because the colonial era, to the present, has been nothing but an effort to enrich themselves and nothing about learning anything from others that does not lead to profit in their pockets.
Hence, when they pass an opinion on anything, they are passing it not on the basis of all that is to be known, but all that they know after ignoring any perspective of non-western origin. For them, ‘evil’ is just something they don’t like, not something that is a concept that can be used to check on their own tendencies. Likewise, the idea of ‘good’, for such a people, becomes nothing but that which has a large amount of ‘like’ on Facebook. The idea of Good is not something that is understood ONLY after they have engaged in critical introspection and considered the perspectives of non-western origins. You could say that next to China, the west, with America leading the way, view themselves as the centre of civilisation. Now I have no problem with that if they serve as a clearing house for the ideas of the whole world. Unfortunately, they only serve as a pulpit upon which they proselytise to the whole world that which they know after ignoring all that is to be known from the rest of the world other than the negative stuff.
We shouldn’t be promoting every fetish out there simply because there is someone out there to discriminate against someone engaging in the fetish.
Hence, for such a people, the western individual’s tendencies and ‘likes’ are the source of all that should be done or paid attention to. Whether it is the childish way they speak English - as evident in their sit-coms and movies of recent years; their computer games which are either generally grossly childish and mind-numbingly repetitive or full of gore and violence; their movies which are basically almost all children’s movies but which may be classified as ‘adult’ not because of intelligent content, but because of violence/sex/nudity/gore/vulgarity; or their paying actors, tv presenters, and sportspersons billions whilst stating that they do not have enough funds to get a cure for cancer, HIV, and Alzheimer's; or promoting fast foods laden with fat and sugar that will leave their pharmaceutical companies laughing their way to the bank; or calling for a 'war on terror' against others after these others had retaliated for far worse done by the americans against them; or promoting the asinine activities and interests of their teenagers via youtube vids now being increasingly aired on television; or coming with one reality show or fake reality show or movies or sit-coms that are grossly sexist against men, downright mean and sarcastic and malicious; or having women play the role of downright bitches in the movies and sit-coms that just blurs the lines between men and women to the point that one can arguably view a heterosexual marriage as a homosexual one.
That is the western definition of ‘adult’?
How much credence should any objective aspiring adult be giving the pronouncements of normalcy by such an ‘adult’?
So when they go on their streets and protest for the right of women to be sluts, or for ‘gays’ to take pride, and then move on to tell the whole world that what the white man and women decide amongst themselves to be normal is so, simply because they like it. And if you disagree, you are a ‘homophobe’. No mate, if I don’t think it normal is because it simply isn’t. You want to engage in it, go right ahead. I may even join you out of curiosity or for a 'change of scenery'. But I’m not going to start taking ‘pride‘ in it and demanding that such activities are aired on television and cast as alright. We shouldn’t be promoting every fetish out there simply because there is someone out there to discriminate against someone engaging in the fetish.
Humanity wouldn’t be here if our first ancestors simply stuck to shagging their own gender. Progress isn’t coming to a point where we are finally technologically advanced enough to have abortion, surrogacy and homosexuality and not risk our human race being wiped out. We may keep humanity alive, but what spiritual qualities are we losing. Oh, sorry, I forgot, the white man’s idea of ‘spirit’ is that which is contained within a bottle right?
I'm not saying that we should spurn everything western. Certainly not. If they choose to come to conclusions and attribute value to anything on the basis of the little that they know, we should not make the same mistake by ignoring all that is western and coming to conclusions and attributing value to anything on the basis of the little that we know. I personally attempt to engage in a 'cancelling out' process where take the positives of one culture and use it to detect the evils in another culture and vice versa. To that, i need to appreciate all the cultural perspectives out there, including western as well - and i have certainly learnt significant things from them as well. It is only through this process that we can begin to know what is right, instead of confusing 'white as right' as western whites do.
Technological advance has to be paired with perspectival cosmopolitanism. In other words, until you have descended from your high horse and considered the views of people of pigment, what you have to say should be taken with more than a smidgin of scepticism as the pronouncements of someone who claims to know it all after ignoring everything that is to be known of non-western origins.
The Queen will formally open the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later, in front of a 40,000 crowd at Celtic Park.Organisers said a global TV audience of up to a billion people was expected to watch the event from 21:00 BST.
More than 4,500 athletes from 71 Commonwealth nations and territories will parade during the curtain-raiser. - bbc
I don’t know how the formerly oppressed and exploited nations under the colonial auspices of the UK can take part in such a self-abnegating event. They were, after all, colonised, exploited terribly, and millions of them died in ‘service’ of the British Queen and country. Picture China having a ‘commonwealth’ games in a few decades time and the Tibetans sending a team to take part in it whilst the event is overseen by the CCP. Does that not justify all that had happened to them? Is that not a subconscious or conscious kow-tow to the CCP? Or perhaps the Jews occupying Palestine could in the future, after they had successfully shuffled off and talked the Palestinians into accepting their places, hold similar games and have the Palestinians take part to celebrate peace and harmony?
Same goes in the case of the Commonwealth. It is an insult to the ancestors of all the non-European member states of the 'commonwealth' who were forced to grow cash crops for the British and die by the millions as a result; it is an insult to all the aboriginals of states like New Zealand, Australia, and Tasmania who were slaughtered because they were deemed to be inferior by the British, the Africans whom were enslaved by the millions, the Chinese, the Indians......
And what is so ‘common’ about the ‘wealth’? Britain ripped off trillions from all those states it economically and racistly colonised, took it and built their amenities and corporations that dominate the globe, and then formed a union with ‘whites only’ via the European Union and basically told those they exploited to bugger off.
And what is so ‘common’ about the ‘wealth’? Britain ripped off trillions from all those states it economically and racistly colonised, took it and built their amenities and corporations that dominate the globe, and then formed a union with ‘whites only’ via the European Union and basically told those they exploited to bugger off. So what’s so ‘common’ about the ‘wealth’?
For the British Queen to preside over this disgraceful event is to basically state that no remorse on the part of the British Monarchy or Country is necessary for their genocidal and grossly exploitative activities throughout the world that basically makes Hitler just a little evil in comparison. This is no different from, if Hitler had won the war and held a Nazi commonwealth games a couple of decades later with all nations that had been under its thumb in attendance.
It is nothing but a tribute to the Nazi colonial overlords and their racist exploitation of your people in the past. By not doing so, you have successfully turned the graves of your ancestors into a playground for the entertainment of those who killed them.
All non-white nations taking part in these games, remember, this is not an event that brings humanity together in ‘fun and games’ but has, as its foundation, a view that the west were right in all that they did to you, and that their civilisation of gross mutual exploitation is alright, and that it is alright for their Queen to preside over the descendants of those ‘coolies’ who had enabled her to buy her shoes and diamonds with their forced labour. It is basically a practice in global non-white self-disrespect, and respect for continuing western white supremacy. They basically exploited and killed your ancestors, and now throw some games at you for you to play under the gaze of their overpriviliged Queen.
It is nothing but a tribute to the Nazi colonial overlords and their racist exploitation of your people in the past. By not doing so, you have successfully turned the graves of your ancestors into a playground for the entertainment of those who killed them.
Nothing less that a single-fingered salute should be accorded the British Nazi Queen and country, and these shameful games for their gross self-satisfied arrogance. If not, we'll just be pandering to further Eurocentrism which will not only lead to their ascendancy at great cost to others, but will not encourage us ability to 2nd guess their narrow vision of what humanity ought to be with our own cultural gems that might alleviate many an evil they take as natural.
postscript, i posted something similar to the first paragraph on the BBC website in the comments section beneath the aforelinked article. I subsequently received the following email from the BBC,
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Looks like the BBC are keen to maintain the illusion of unity through the 'Commonwealth' Games and dispel any notion that it may be an effort to whitewash British gross exploitation of the member states and how it maintains western political and cultural hegemony of the non-western world.
Truth always offends those whom want to perpetuate an untruth.
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