On Freedom


“The prison door is wide open already. So, why do you remain inside?” – Rumi

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Social media is eating your soul…


This is the statistics: Two billion people actively use Facebook; at least 3.5 billion are now reckoned to be online.  Tristan Harris, the ex-Google design ethicist, told to Wired Magazine: “Religions and governments don’t have that much influence over people’s daily thoughts. But we have three technology companies (he meant Facebook, Google, and Apple) who have this system that frankly they don’t even have control over … Right now, 2 billion people’s minds are already jacked into this automated system, and it’s steering people’s thoughts toward either personalized paid advertising or misinformation or conspiracy theories. And it’s all automated; the owners of the system can’t possibly monitor everything that’s going on, and they can’t control it.”

When Steve Jobs was inquired in 2010 about his children’s opinion of the iPad, he replied: “They haven’t used it,” he said. “We limit how much technology our kids use at home.”

Hence, something has to change in the near future, some new attitude must be cultivated to regain control of our lives …in this digital era…

https://www.wired.com/story/our-minds-have-been-hijacked-by-our-phones-tristan-harris-wants-to-rescue-them/

All I know is that I do not know


This is the well-known statement attributed to the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates (c. 470-399 BCE) according to the two dialogues long ago written by his disciple Plato (c. 424-c.348 BCE) in The Republic (c,360 BCE). When concluding a discussion with Thrasymachus about Justice, Socrates says “the result of the discussion, as far as I’m concerned, is that I know nothing, for when I don’t know what justice is, I’ll hardly know whether it is a kind of virtue or not, or whether a person who has it is happy or unhappy”. Socrates repeats this form of statement in The Apology (390 BCE) by saying “he knows nothing, and thinks that he knows; I neither know nor think that I know”.

Socrates

What he meant? He meant that knowledge is never really acquired.

 

Mahatma Gandhi and some hidden facts of his private life


The most difficult attitude in our life, as Feynman told us, is to follow «the first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.» Now it appeared in an article by an Indian author, Rita Banerji, on October 13, 2013, published at Youth Ki Awaaz, some astounding revelations of some not well known aspects of M.K.Gandhi’s behaviour with young women titled ‘Gandhi Used His Position To Sexually Exploit Young Women: The Way We React To This Matters Even Today‘ [1].

Gandhi submitted the young girls to his “experiments”, rigorous exercises he instigated to himself apparently trying to contain his huge sexual appetites. But to many of the people that surrounded him in his ashram, including near collaborators, that was considered highly unacceptable, in particular, considering that he preached [1] that couples should not touch each other for long periods of time…

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1264952/A-new-book-reveals-Gandhi-tortured-young-women-worshipped-shared-bed.html#ixzz5GzlryosL
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Mohandas K. Gandhi ;Manilal Gandhi ;Mrs. Kanu Gandhi;Pyarelal;Sita Gandhi;Sushila Pai;Raj Kumari

Nehru, Patel, Bhave, Kriplani, Mashruwala, N. K. Bose, and many others Gandhi collaborators had freely expressed their opinion and their disapproval of abused sexual behavior with young women. Ultimately, that attitude led him to political isolation [2,3].

REFS:

[1] https://www.youthkiawaaz.com/2013/10/gandhi-used-power-position-exploit-young-women-way-react-matters-even-today/

[2] https://www.youthkiawaaz.com/2016/07/gandhi-political-isolation/

[3] http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1264952/A-new-book-reveals-Gandhi-tortured-young-women-worshipped-shared-bed.html

Planet Earth, as seen by the spacecraft Voyager I…


In the middle of our quarrels, our vanity, and our dramas, here is the planet Earth, carrying this small race of humans, Lilliputians full of roar and fury, killing each other for nothing…

In the image below, see our wonderful planet Earth, as seen by Voyager I (launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida in 1977) 4 billion miles away … “a pale-blue-dot” … on August 25, 2012 … and having taken the image 5 and a half hours to reach our planet. May we have wise leaders in the future…

VoyagerI

Maybe we all come from outer-space…


In “Life Itself” [1], the book published by Francis Crick in 1982 (with British chemist Leslie Orgel), one of the scientists that understood the structure of the DNA, argues that it is impossible that the DNA molecule could have been formed on Earth, it had to have come here from the outer space, a theory he named Direct Panspermia. The generally accepted theory is that we are the result of a happy combination of molecules, accidentally creating life.

The paper can be downloaded from here [2].

Their theory explains that “organisms were deliberately transmitted to earth by intelligent beings on another planet. We conclude that it is possible that life reached the earth in this way, but that the scientific evidence is inadequate at the present time to say anything about the probability. We draw attention to the kinds of evidence that might throw additional light on the topic.” [3] Francis Crick sustains that the probability that DNA be made on Earth was as likely as the assembly of a jumbo jet hit by a hurricane in a junkyard, that is, that the mainstream scientific theory held little to no credibility…

 

DNA

Image credit: http://www.collective-evolution.com

 

Well, that could explain a lot of things, in particular, that, somehow, we might be living in a certain level I of a simulated environment…

REF:

[1] “Life itself”, Francis Crick (Touchstone, Simon & Schuster, 1982). Link here: http://b-ok.xyz/book/573962/d7635c

[2] IF. H. C. Crick and L. E. Orgel, “Direct Panspermia”, Icarus, Volume 19, Issue 3, July 1973, Pages 341-346, Link here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0019103573901103

[3] Site here: http://www.collective-evolution.com/2016/12/28/nobel-prize-winning-co-discoverer-of-dna-says-our-genes-were-brought-here-by-extraterrestrials/

About the Franco-German Axis…


Commemorating the centenary of the Battle of La Lys, we should think about the causes that lead to the WWII. And the Versailles Treaty, bringing WWI to an end, at the same time was the seed for the WWII, fueled by the intransigence of France and England, mostly France creating all kinds of obstacles to the German sovereignty and the brutally imposed debt as compensations for the WWI. How the Franco-German axis could help Europe integration will remain for now another mystery of our times…surrender-france-1940-ww2-second-world-war-incredible-pictures-images-photos-drench surrender-railway-coach

Enough of war, terror, and chaos: the world needs leaders


JOB APPLICATION OPEN: ‘Wanted: at least one individual (of either sex) to lead the free world. Communication skills useful, but not a priority. Nobel Peace Prize winners need not apply.’

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REF: https://www.spectator.co.uk/2014/08/wanted-a-leader-for-the-free-world/

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Tales of Genji


One of the masterpieces of the world literature is the Tale of Genji (源氏物語 Genji Monogatari). Written by Murasaki Shikibu (about 973-1030), a Japanese novelist, poet, and lady-in-waiting (i.e., court lady) at the Imperial court during the Heian period, it is considered the first novel that was written on paper by hand. It is also considered by some scholars as the world first novel due to the psychological dimension of its fictional characters. The story follows the life and loves of Prince Genji, the son of the emperor and his favorite concubine, Kiritsubo. The novel is supposed to be fictional, but nevertheless, the Tale of Genji is credited to give an accurate representation of aristocratic life in the middle of the Heian period (794-1195).