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Thursday, February 22, 2007
St. Valentine, frustration and meaning
I’ve just read, on Europe Press, that the seeing all those hearts on the shops, all that publicity on TV with lovers offering gifts to each others, and all those movies with love and romance abounding during St. Valentine Season, can provoke some anguish and frustration to those who want to have partners but, simply, don’t.
At least that’s what Leonor Casalins said.
She said that “all this stimulation offered day after day” could lead to a bigger desire and need of having a partner, “frustrating” those who don’t have but want. According to her, “there is a need to share life with someone e some moment” and “most people need a partner”, among other “biological needs”.
This reminds me, once more, of Viktor Frankl, who once said:
By his love, the loving person enables the beloved person to actualize these potentialities. By making him aware of the what he can be and of what he should become, he makes these potentialities come true.
This is a fact: by loving we allow ourselves to show our potentialities. And, usually people is unaware of that. We know that love is good, and relationships amazing, but we just don’t know why.
And we keep searching and searching for this true love to come, to make ourselves more complete, more unique, more humans. Like Majnun searching for Layli everywhere:
It is related that one day they came upon Majnun sifting the dust, and his tears flowing down. They said, “What doest thou?” He said, “I seek for Layli.” They cried, “Alas for thee! Layli is of pure spirit, and thou seekest her in the dust!” He said, “I seek her everywhere; haply somewhere I shall find her.”
Baha'u'llah, The Seven Valleys, p. 6.
Maybe we should be aware our Layli could be everywhere. But should we be looking for her everywhere? I don’t recall reading Majnun ever finding her, just like the poem from Saná’í:
Never the covetous heart shall come to the stealer of hearts,
Never the shrouded soul unite with beauty's rose.
Frankl explains us that by searching pleasure by itself we shall end up frustrating both the will of pleasure and the will of meaning. Furthermore he adds that pleasure should be the secondary effect of our meaningful actions. Only this way, the “covetous heart” can progress to a degree where it shall attain the hearts, and the “shrouded soul” “unite with beauty's rose”.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Now, let us sleep with such a noise!
I've read, in some printed news that there is no place, amongst 65 compared countries, where more youth is killed than in
(published in www.CidadãodoMundo.org, Brazil, November 2006)
Friday, February 16, 2007
Arrive at Rome, pass through her, think of her...
And I am not even talking about that pride in being pretty, but about that one pride that can lead an entire civilization to such a decline that converts it in the tale of the world. Lets look at history: what happened to the Macedonia of Alexander (the Great!!!)?, where is the Mongolia of Genghis Khan?, where did the Egypt of Ramses loose itself?, in which atrocious situation we can find the Persia of Cyrus, of Koorosh or of Darius?
The city that can held the bridge towards new world order, where worldly dichotomies between nationals and foreigners, between northern independentists and southern nationalists, between poverty and wealth, between religious exclusivity and the impetus of integration nullify themselves and your citizens are converted in the heralds of a new world order?
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Saddam: from Dictator to Martyr (1 of 4) - from Iraq to the world
You have probably noticed some things that recently happened in the world… Democrats won the intercalary elections (
Democrats won the intercalary elections (
For or against the military invasion of
Born in 1937, in Tiqrit, son of unknown father, Saddam, with only 21 years old was demonstrating his incapability to tolerance, killing his brother-in-law, from whom he diverged “politically”.
Like other character who arrived to power, Saddam started from the bottom. After an absence of four years, he returned to his country, in 1963, to participate in the coup d’état which would lead him to power, in 1968, through the Revolutionary Command Counsil under the leadership of his cousin al-Bakr, from whom we would take the presidency in 1979, beginning a new period of conflicts in the zone.
Saddam is held today, by the eyes of the ample majority of the people, as the main responsible of the Kurdish genocide (1988), that totalized five thousand deaths – like the Armenian genocide by the government of the Young Turkish, during the I World War; of the Jewish and Gipsy communities, at II World War, under the leadership of Hitler; of the Tutsis, in Rwanda, by Akayesu, who personally supervised the extermination; the genocide of the Bosnian population, in a total of eight thousand dead, under the power of Milosevic; the cultural genocide of the Bahá'ís in Iran, since the Islamic Revolution; the genocide perpetrated by the Janjaweed militias in the Darfur since, at least 2004, and that, due the absence of condemnation by the International Community spread, some months ago, to Chad. Today, the world is interlinked and it is worthless to close our eyes. Yesterday,
(published in Psicologia Actual, Portugal, January 2006).