Filed under: the sweet life, unseen world | Tags: civil rights, human rights, John Trudell, natural rights
Human rights preclude the rights of animals, plants, the earth etc. Civil rights are political and preclude anything that is not a part of that narrow civic definition. Natural rights encompass all of these including the human and civil; but they make the human position smaller and enlarge the rights of the earth.
“We must go beyond the arrogance of human rights. We must go beyond the ignorance of civil rights. We must step into the reality of natural rights because all of the natural world has a right to existence and we are only a small part of it. There can be no trade-off.”
– John Trudell
Filed under: departure lounge, the sweet life, unseen world | Tags: aldous huxley, religion, ritual dance
[Icelandic Women Dancing]
The way to god not through the mind or the spirit, not meditation; but by ritual dance, and by yoga too?
Ritual dances provide a religious experience that seems more satisfying and convincing than any other . . . It is with their muscles that humans most easily obtain knowledge of the divine.
As the culture of a business degrades the language euphemizes. As it improves the language clarifies.
In the degraded business, bosses are leaders; employees, team members; firing is letting go; something rotten is pleasant and neutral.
One of the strange things about the business world is the extent to which its jargon is euphemistic. When we talk about leaders, we’re talking about bosses. Yet for some reason bosses don’t like to admit what it is they do. That’s why employees become “team members,” why firing becomes “letting go.” In a way, it suggests that people’s human instincts are that capitalism is something rotten; the more you describe it with precision, the more horrendous it sounds. At the level of uplifting abstractions, derived from self-help culture, everything can be pleasant and neutral. It’s only when you hack through the forest of buzzwords that you can understand what is actually being discussed.
The Unendurable Horrors of Leadership Camp, Current Affairs
Filed under: chronotopes, departure lounge, the sweet life | Tags: justice, Pericles
Here is real democracy, vague and far off, and in retreat. We have the few, the creative class; real democracy favours the many. We have the coalition of the ascendant where advancement is kept for a select class; real democracy cares not for class. We have funding by ‘political action’; real democracy removes the poverty obstacle.
The administration of Athens favours the many instead of the few; this is why it is called a democracy.
If we look to the laws, they afford equal justice to all in their private differences; if there is no social standing, advancement in public life falls to reputation for capacity, class considerations not being allowed to interfere with merit.
Nor again does poverty bar the way, if a man is able to serve the state, he is never hindered by the obscurity of his condition.
Filed under: departure lounge, unseen world | Tags: Elizabeth Insogna, painting, This Image in Witchcraft
Elizabeth Insogna, 2008