Monthly Archives: juli 2008

FARC… A big farce!

In light of the rescue of Íngrid Betancourt, a former Colombian presidential candidate, last week on July 2nd, DR2 (A Danish TV channel) showed a documentary about her political campaigning and following kidnapping by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC as they are better known. FARC are notorious for their kidnapping of thousands of people, and holding them for random or prisoner exchange.

I have read off and on about FARC, and after watching this documentary, I looked through a few more details. What I can already conclude, is that what they are is a big farce!
Their full name, in English, is Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army, OK, I got a big problem with the last part of this name. These guys are “a self-proclaimed Marxist-Leninist revolutionary guerrilla organization”, according to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FARC), which does fall under the umbrella of socialism. There’s a nice quote, and I apologize in advance to the person who came up with it that I can’t credit them for it (Because I don’t know his/her name), “All communists are socialists, but not all socialists are communists”, which I am glad to say that I could not agree more with!
The reason I identify myself with socialism, is because I believe a country is it’s people, and a government is obligated to listen to the people, and represent their best interests. I also believe, that socialism must go together with a true democracy (I think the democracy we have here in Denmark is one of the best in the world, certainly not perfect, but nonetheless one of the best ones) to fullfill this obligation. Any person who claims to be a socialist, who would reject this is nothing but a hypocrite if you ask me. What FARC represents, what FARC have done for decades now represents nothing but …. TERRORISM!!!
These guys have done nothing but promote violence, murder, kidnapping, and worst of all, tormented the people they ludicrously claim to represent (Their full name is enough reference for such a claim). This is high treason against the people, if you ask me!

In the words of Adam Beach, in the role of Ira Hayes in the movie Flags of Our Fathers, “You know, I think this whole damn thing is a farce, if you ask me.”

Happy Independence Day!

To all Americans out there: Happy Independence Day! 😀

Hope you all have a good holiday,

Peace!

The consequences of one’s actions

I just finished listening to an audio lecture on the Buddhist teachings of rebirth and karma. To help out. let’s ask Wikipedia for a little help:

Karma means “action” or “doing”; whatever one does, says, or thinks is a karma.

In Buddhism, the term karma is used specifically for those actions which spring from:

* mental intent (Pali: cetana)
* mental obsessions

which bring about a fruit (Pali, phala) or result (vip?ka), either within the present life, or in the context of a future rebirth. Karma is the engine which drives the wheel of the cycle of uncontrolled rebirth (sa?s?ra) for each being.

Source: Karma in Buddhism

Listening through the explanations of karma, something struck me. It would seem to me that the average person on the street, doesn’t put that much effort into considering what sorts of consequences his or her actions, may or may not have. For example, I sometimes hear some people say that even small amounts of generosity and compassion are good things. Is it the busy life that many people live, that make them forget about the small, but important things in life? For example, when go for a walk, something as simple as seeing a cat makes me smile or get me in a better mood on a day that might have gotten off to a rough start.

The idea of thinking about the consequences of one’s own actions, I find quite interesting. I’m generally good with languages, and occasionally I help some friends with some homework, typically in English or Danish. Me using my knowledge to help them gradually widen their own is, when you think deeper about it, not just some small, irrelevant endeavour, but rather an important piece in a large puzzle, even though the individual puzzle brick might be small.
Other things such as kindly greeting people you meet, and generally considering the larger effect of a small action or deed, is something I think many of us would benefit from giving more thought to, even in a busy, city life. Like with portable electrical devices that use multiple batteries, an individual battery can’t power the device alone, but when more are added together, bigger things can be accomplished in terms of electrical energy. Putting positive energy out into your surroundings by doing good things, is quite a concept, even if we’re talking small amounts at a time, because they eventually add up …

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